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Technology Ultra HD? 8K? Decoding technical new TV jargon

13:46  21 december  2019
13:46  21 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Answer:The technology that’s available in TVs is incredible, but what used to be a fairly straightforward process (how big) has become a minefield of technical jargon and acronyms. The good news is that once you understand a few of the basics, you’ll have a better chance of navigating through your The most important specification you’ll want to look for on any new TV you buy refers to the resolution. Look for UHD, Ultra HD or 4K, which all refer to the same thing: four times the number of pixels over a standard HDTV . Although 8 K is on the horizon, it’s way too early to pay for it especially since 4K

TV companies are right now unveiling their new tellies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That means a whole new wave of jargon to learn — some of it useful, some of it just marketing. We’ve picked through the biggest announcements at CES so far to look at what could are set to be the big trends in telly technology . Ultra - high - definition TV — known as UHD, UltraHD , UHDTV and Super Hi-Vision — is really another word for 4K, in most instances.

Question: Can you help me understand what to look for when buying a new TV?

Answer: The technology that’s available in TVs is incredible, but what used to be a fairly straightforward process (how big) has become a minefield of technical jargon and acronyms.

The good news is that once you understand a few of the basics, you’ll have a better chance of navigating through your choices.

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One of the quickest ways to eliminate options is by deciding what size of a screen you’re going to purchase.  If you decide to go smaller than 55 inches, some of the higher-level technologies, such as OLED displays, won’t be an option.

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Modern smart televisions do much more than just display broadcasted programs, so these days TV makers need to equip them with powerful applications processors to decode HD and Ultra - HD content, as well as handle other complex tasks. Also, the televisions monitor background noises and adjust their 5.1 audio subsystems accordingly. High -end televisions from LG are based on the webOS operating system and therefore the company can add support for new features just by installing appropriate applications.

A general rule of thumb for determining your minimum size is based on the distance between the screen and where you’ll be sitting. I like using the method that measures the distance in inches and dividing it by two.

For example, if you’re going to be sitting 8 feet away, that equals 96 inches. Divide by two and you get 48 inches as the minimum display size you should shop for.  Keep in mind, if you plan to mount the display on the wall, you may increase your viewing distance by as much as a foot.

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Screen resolution

The most important specification you’ll want to look for on any new TV you buy refers to the resolution.  Look for UHD, Ultra HD or 4K, which all refer to the same thing: four times the number of pixels over a standard HDTV.

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Even better, these new 8 K TVs are coming with built-in HDMI 2.1, which means they'll be able to support 8 K content at 60fps. However, currently the Xbox One X is the only console to implement HDMI 2.1 (as it's a new standard). While 8 K TVs may not be beneficial for gamers right this second, investing in an 8 K TV will set you up for future console generations such as the (again we're guessing at the names) PS6 or Xbox Three. So, if you have some cash to splash, or simply want to swoon over the latest 8 K offerings, here we present the best 8 K TVs from CES 2019 for your perusal.

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Although 8K is on the horizon, it’s way too early to pay for it especially since 4K content is still limited.

HDR

Some form of High Dynamic Range (HDR) will greatly improve both contrast ratios (brightness to darkness) and color accuracy.  Don’t confuse this form of HDR with what you see on filtered photos; I wouldn’t buy a new TV without it.

LED vs. OLED vs. QLED

Most of today’s TVs are LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays) backlit with some form of LED (Light Emitting Diode). The exception is anything that uses OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), which means that every pixel is self-illuminating.

OLED TVs are more expensive and generally considered the best display technology because of their ability to produce absolute black, nearly infinite contrast and wider viewing angles.

QLED is an enhanced version of the standard backlit LED approach used primarily by Samsung and TCL. Your budget will probably be the biggest variable on whether you can justify OLED or QLED displays, but if you have to go down in screen size to include them, I’d recommend it.

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TV manufacturers pushed to make 4K a new standard by 2017. At CES 2019, the first 8 K TVs were unveiled.[2] The feasibility of a fast transition to this new standard is questionable in view of the absence of broadcasting resources.[3] It is predicted (2018 forecast by Strategy Analytics) that 8 K -ready devices will still only account for 3% of UHD ][22] According to Grover Crisp, executive VP of restoration at Sony Pictures, the new 8 K scan has such high resolution that when examined, showed a series of fine concentric lines in a pattern "reminiscent of a fingerprint" near the top of the frame.

Refresh rate and connectors

Make sure the TV has a refresh rate of 120Hz or higher and enough HDMI inputs to accommodate your streaming devices, gaming consoles, cable/satellite box or anything you might think about adding.

4K/UHD streaming video content

There are a large number of options for watching 4K/UHD content from services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney Plus and YouTube, and the options are growing quickly.

To make use of these services, you’ll need either a 4K-compatible streaming device (Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, etc.) or a Smart TV that has 4K streaming built into the set.

Ken Colburn is the founder and CEO of Data Doctors Computer Services.

Ask any tech question at facebook.com/DataDoctors or on Twitter @TheDataDoc.

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