8K Ultra High Definition Televisions
Television is a big part of most people’s lives. Even after the advent of laptops, desktops and smart devices, television continues to be the primary mode of entertainment. The quaint little box that used to acquire a small place in people’s living rooms has seen a whirlwind of change over the past half century. It is no more a quaint little box, but the centerpiece of any room that it is a part of. Television is growing bigger and bigger in size, as is the technology backing them. From LCD, LED, OLED, 3D, 4K to 8K now, picture quality has simply gone out of the rood. 8K is the highest ultra-high definition resolution that can be found for televisions today.
8K technology is definitely the future. However, as of now, there is not much content that is available for 8K. There are not even many cameras that can record at that resolution. Camera manufacturers like Canon, NHK, and Sony, have produced some cameras that can record at 8K, but they are limited in number, and very costly at the present. Also, people would not be able to connect an 8K display to a regular DVD player, because four separate HDMI cables are required for streaming content to an 8K TV set. That’s because, one cable cannot support so much data transfer all by itself. New technology like 8K will sooner or later find its footing in the market. Of course, not everyone can afford 8K televisions right away. They cost over $100,000 now, and certainly not meant for the mass market at the present.
Whether it is movies, television shows or any other kind of videos, a platform has to be there which can support the content of this resolution. Cable providers are not going to upgrade their technology on their end until and unless a large number of people start opting for content of this high a resolution. The television technology has been developed and presented to the market by the manufacturers in order to prove that it is possible to develop such technology and to show the world a glimpse of the future.
This is how things have always worked in this industry. Even when the HD television came out, it took a while for them to make a dent in the market. It was primarily because of the love of sports that people opted for high definition television. People could see their favorite players in all their glory. Each shot, each kick, and each move could be seen in crystal clear clarity. HD television took off. People bought more and more of this technology, driving the prices down, opening the market for even more consumers. That was when cable companies also decided to support the high definition content. With more content, the feedback loop pumped more consumers into the system.
The same goes for content creators as well. Until there is a sizeable market available to watch their content, they are not going to spend money on expensive cameras and accessories to create content especially for 8K televisions.
The primary aim of the manufacturers was to present the futuristic technology to the world, slowly create a market, so that the price point comes down and pave the way for production and sale on a larger scale. They have made their move. Now, we will see how the market evolves over time.
1080p has been around for a long time now. In fact, television companies pitched them as full HD, which meant that they encapsulated everything high definition and was the final step in the evolution of television. However, now there is 4K, which offers four times better resolution. And then there is 8K. These 8K televisions have really opened up a world of possibilities for people.
Also, the interesting part is that television technology was not that easy to put across to the user. A layman would not necessarily be able to make a difference between quadHD, Full HD, UHD, and so on. These would end up confusing them, rather than attracting them to make a purchase.
However, the progression has now become numeric in the form of 4K and 8K, which makes things much easier for understanding for the average person. This has started brand wars of its own. These straightforward numbers are very marketable and the users will automatically be drawn to a higher number, when they are making a purchase decision. Companies are now striving to put the highest number in front of the ‘K’. So, without a doubt companies are going to compete to put a better TV out there on the shelf. As new technology comes in, it is bound to drive down the prizes of the previous one. With these never-ending resolution wars between television manufacturers, the consumer is going to be a surefire winner.
So, what is the need for these 8K televisions now? Right now, they might be prohibitively costly and something that not many people bother about. 8K brings two benefits to the market straight away. One is unbelievably high clarity of pictures. Another is that even though people may not want 8K right now, they do want 4K to be a little cheaper and that is what this technology will do. 8K is definitely a thing of the future, and people who have no problem paying for quality, should not settle for anything but the best. The 8K television in the market right now are for affluent early birds, who can set the trend and help technology advance.