4K Ultra HD Makes Some Serious Milestones in the Direction of Wider Adoption

by on September 29, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 29, 2014

Just as happened with Full HD when it first emerged in the late 90’s, the transition from that format to 4K Ultra HD is a somewhat “stop & Go” game of which comes first, content or platform.

On the one hand, movie, TV show and other professional content producers are largely waiting until there’s a bigger market for 4K TVs and other displays before creating more investment rich native 4K content and on the other hand, the electronics makers themselves, while investing quite a bit in 4K technology, are still not taking it to truly heavy levels for fear of a lack of content that would entice consumers to buy.

Furthermore, there are the scattered technical limitations around 4K. These are being solved as you read this but the progress isn’t going perfectly smoothly and issues such as insufficient internet connectivity speeds and codec compression issues still need more work.

Nonetheless, the industry for 4K as whole is moving forward and in just the last few weeks, some really crucial milestones have been passed which will pave the way to faster mainstream adoption of the resolution format.

For starters, the whole issue of 4K TV affordability is being hammered downward by the launches of several new TVs and display monitors that are going on sale for downright reasonable prices for this new resolution technology.

The two companies that deserve the most thanks for this achievement are Acer and Vizio.

Acer has created a superb and well decked out 4K monitor recently for a slightly steep but still much more affordable price of just $799.

The Acer XB280HK 4K monitor

Acer’s XB280HK 4K monitor

While this may still seem rather expensive to many gamers and PC using professionals, the price reflects an enormous drop from what was cheapest just a few months ago for UHD PC displays. Furthermore, the Acer XB289HJ G-Synch monitor offers some truly excellent, innovative new features that more expensive previous monitors simply didn’t come with. One of these is NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology for optimal image performance and fast refresh rates on a slimmer processing budget.

In the case of Vizio, they really took things forward in the 4K TV market by unleashing a whole line of fully capable 4K UHD TVs of different sizes that are all retailing for excellent, genuinely affordable prices despite having all the connectivity and compatibility specs of their more expensive competitor counterparts.

These new TVs are called the P-Series and even the largest of them, a 70 inch beast, is going on sale for just $2499,which is well over $1000 cheaper than an even smaller 4K TV by competitor brands like Samsung and Sony.

Most importantly, the new Vizio TVs are equipped with HEVC decoding, enabling them access to the latest streaming 4K web based content from providers like Netflix, Amazon and others. The HEVC feature was until recently something only found on only the most high end 4K TVs that cost several thousand dollars.

These two milestones alone reinforce much further a clear pattern of decreasing prices and increasingly attractive functionality in the 4K TV market.

In other words, while 4K is still possibly a few years away from really heavy market penetration, in the last few weeks, it’s made some excellent advancements.

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