Top 5 Trends in 4K Technology for the Next Four Years

by on October 8, 2014

By Richard L.

4K Ultra HD technology is by itself a very new trend in the overall electronics landscape. It’s only been 2 years since consumer sales of 4K TVs have been going on and 4K PC display monitors are even newer than that, having arrive in 2013. Cameras with the ability to capture digital video at resolutions of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels have also only been on sale since roughly 2012, a little bit longer than 4K TVs.

Other technologies with the massive new resolution format, such as projectors and DSLR photo cameras, have been around a bit longer than TVs, monitors and photo cameras but they’re also quite new.

However, despite this relatively young presence on the consumer electronics and media landscape, the impact of 4K is growing month by month. The new resolution format itself is slowly starting to remake perceptions of where the entire visual media industry will be going over the next few years.

We’re seeing this happen in ways that involve major media broadcasters, internet service providers, streaming media providers on the web and, most importantly, the film production industry.

Given these creeping changes that Ultra HD is creating, there are some seriously important trends with the technology that we can look forward to in the next four years.


Here are the 5 most important ones.

4K Will Spur Demand for More Powerful Internet Connectivity

The bottom line is that Ultra HD video is really data intensive. IF it’s sometimes hard to stream normal HD video across the web without glitches, you can probably imagine how much more problematic this becomes with a video resolution that involves almost 5 times as many pixels as 1080p HD.

There are new video compression and encoding mechanisms such as HEVC being developed to streamline the streaming of 4K but even with these, the bottom line is that web connectivity will need to be amped up, and as UHD TVs, display monitors and video content filmed in 4K become more common, the ISPs that can give hungry customers the necessary Mbps speeds will be the winners.

This will create more intense competition for dramatically faster broadband connections, at least in the world’s larger cities during the next couple of years.

The Majority of Ultra HD Content will be Delivered via Streaming Media

Netflix, Amazon Studios and a number of other streaming data broadcasters on the web are already filming or upgrading all of their new content in the 4K format. While for now, practical considerations about internet speeds in many markets means that HD streaming isn’t going anywhere any time soon, the bottom line is that 4K video content will almost entirely be delivered via streaming media on the web. This is where the majority of it already gets viewed from.

4K Screens Will be Everywhere

4K screen resolution first appeared in theater projectors and TVs, now it’s well established in PC display monitors and creeping its way into even smaller laptop screens.

By the end of 2014, we’re going to start seeing it in the first tablet display screens and many sources predict that by early 2015 at the latest, the first smart phones will emerge with 4K screen resolution. This will nicely accompany the already existing 4K video shooting capacity some of them have.

As 4K replaces HD as the resolution gold standard, it will appear in all the same displays where Full HD is now found.

Shooting Video in 4K Resolution will Become Standard in All Cameras

Just as we can look forward to 4K screen resolution becoming a standard feature of high-end display screens everywhere, we’re already seeing the same process firmly establishing itself in camera shooting capacity across the board.

This is an already established process and the best DSLR, professional video production cameras and personal camcorders on the market today all come with the ability to shoot 4K content, and they’re getting cheaper all the time. Now we’re even seeing 4K video shooting become a feature in the latest big brand flagship phones and tablets.

This existing trend will only make 4K video shooting a standard part of filming in the next few years.


4K Ultra HD Will Replace Full HD as the Gold Standard Resolution

Given all the directions in which 4K Ultra HD technology is establishing itself at an accelerating pace, there can be no doubt at all that it’s going to become the new standard in maximal resolution for entertainment media. We’re seeing the same hunger for better display clarity that moved HD forward happen all over again but at an even faster rate of speed and it’s definitely here to stay.

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