4K TV Ownership To Start Exploding as of 2019

by on August 14, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – August 14th, 2014

According to a recent report commissioned by the research firm TDG, 4K TV will remain a relatively niche product for at least another 5 years but from the onwards will explode into the widespread viewing ecosystem as extremely quick user preference and technology integration favorable to UHD take over the video and streaming content landscape.

More specifically, Joel Espelien, author of Forecasting the 4K Video Ecosystem 2014 – 2025, 4K video will largely be driven forward by consumer buying of 4K TVs and other devices capable of displaying the format, such as PC monitors and eventually mobile devices (tablets and even smartphones).

However, viewing of 4K will still be held back from serious growth for at least a few more years due to poor consumer awareness of the technology, the high prices of the display technologies (especially 4K TVs), a lack of widely available 4K content and  web connectivity amongst consumers that’s too low to transmit streaming 4K video effectively.

According to the report, web connected set-top boxes and Blu-ray players will each make up one fifth of total 4K video consumption mediums by the year 2017 and as of that the uptake in viewing will be supported heavily by supporting technologies and streaming offers from companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Furthermore, the TDG report also claims that set-top boxes for streaming 4K content will become the single most important piece of technology for moving the resolution forward, beating out 4K Smart TVs themselves.

These findings partially echo those claimed by 4K streaming content producer Netflix, who recently also claimed that 4K resolution will be the major video resolution technology of the next 5 years.

However, there is some disagreement over what factors will most influence wider adoption. Currently, the biggest obstacles to broadening the reach of 4K are insufficient internet connectivity in most households, the high prices of 4K viewing platforms like TVs and monitors and the absence of 4K content itself in comparison to what’s available in conventional HD.

Nonetheless, all of these speed bumps do have solutions that are already evolving and given the expected technological advancements of the next 5 years, claims of 4K Ultra HDs ascendency seem very plausible.

For starters, much more powerful web connectivity is already growing across many of the developed economies and major pushes by Google and other ultra-broadband providers such as AT&T and Time Warner are expected for major metro areas in the U.S during the next few years.

Secondly, more and more video shooting cameras are being built with the capacity to shoot film in 4K format. This is happening at a much faster rate than the adoption of 4K TV itself and what it almost certainly means is a much greater coming availability of movies and shows filmed in native 4K resolution just waiting to be viewed at their full display clarity.

Finally, while 4K TVs do remain expensive in comparison to conventional HD TV sets, their prices are falling dramatically and will continue to do so as massive industry-wide competition forces them downward. By 2019, the costs of conventional 4K flat screen TVs will likely not be any higher than those of HD TVs today.

The overall picture for 4K looks very bright given all the trends and technological developments that surround the resolution format.

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