12:06, 22 Sep 2016
It’s been awhile in the making, but 4K is becoming more popular. Sony and Microsoft have now updated their gaming consoles to take advantage of 4K resolution displays. Beyond this, content providers like Netflix, Sky and Amazon are all pushing ahead with 4K-enabled services.
Part of the reason for this “push” is that 4K TVs are becoming more common and the main reason behind this is because the price of a 4K TV has come down A LOT in the past 12 months.
When 4K TVs first landed they cost thousands of pounds — way too much for most people. But nowadays you can pick up a decent, large-screened 4K TV for around the same price as a decent 1080p setup, which means when you get a new TV it might as well be a 4K one.
Demand for 4K TVs is a growing trend as well. According to data from Strategy Analytics, 1/8 North American homes will have a 4K TV before the close of 2016 — that’s around 11 million homes. The report added that shipments of 4K TVs have increased some 70% in the past 12 months.
Strategy Analytics predicts that by 2020 all 40-inch and bigger TVs sold in North America will be Ultra HD. In addition to this, by 2020 almost 50% of of US home will have at least one 4K TV.
“2160p resolution has almost become a given in the large screen TV market,” says David Watkins, Director of Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices service.”
He added: “Attention is now turning to other attributes that fall under the Ultra HD umbrella such as high dynamic range [explained here], wide color gamut and high frame rates. A high proportion of mid to high-end Ultra HD TVs sold this year will support HDR which in combination with higher resolution and enhanced color representation will deliver a significant step change improvement to the TV viewing experience beyond resolution alone.”
Below are some options to get you started. All cost less than £1000 and are available right now via Amazon. Some have had their prices slashed dramatically and others are just priced that way. Either way, getting on the 4K train has never cost so little.
Will 2016 be the year you switch to 4K? Take a look at the awesome options below and tell me you’re not tempted!
Hisense 55 inch Widescreen 4K Smart LED TV
This HiSense badboy costs just £514, down from £529. And for that you get a 55in display and a bunch of cool features:
- Ultra HD 4K: Packing four times the number of pixels into the same screen sizes as traditional 1080p
- Smart TV: Instantly stream from BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime
- Freeview HD: Get the preferable TV channels in high definition
- HDMI 2.0
- USB 3.0
Panasonic TX-50DX700B 50-Inch 1400 Hz 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
Panasonic is one of the most trusted TV-makers on the planet, and this 4K TV now costs just £699 — down from £899.99.
- 4K Ultra HD – Delivers Four Times the Picture Resolution of a Normal HD TV
- my Home Screen 2.0 – Customisable Home Screen for Easier Content Access
- Wide Colour Spectrum – Delivers Colours Accurately and Faithfully within a Wide Colour Gamut
- Switch Design Stand – The unique stand lets you choose between two cool styles
- Freetime with Roll Back TV including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5
Sony KD-49X8305C Smart 4K UltraHD 49 inch TV (Android TV)
The Sony KD-49X is a beast and it used to cost £1299, but you can pick one up for just £868.83 now — a saving of £430.17!
- 4K PROCESSOR X1: Whatever you watch is boosted to near 4K Ultra HD clarity, with greater colour & contrast.
- ANDROID TV: All the personalization, intelligence and entertainment of your smartphone, on the big screen.
- SLIM DESIGN: The elegant slim design seamlessly blends into any living room, even when mounted on the wall
- Motionflow XR 800Hz: Reduced blur and judder. Smoother images, whatever you watch.
- SMART TV: Connect to the Internet for a range of Catch-up services and content
LG 55UH661V 55 inch Ultra HD 4K Smart TV webOS
Palm’s webOS lives on inside LG’s awesome HDTVs. Experience it in true full 4K resolution right now for £779 — down from £1149.99.
- This high quality television supports 4K resolution which enables standard definition to upscale to near 4k like quality and is navigated via the award winning Smart TV webOS.
- ULTRA HD 4K resolution is four times that of Full HD producing brilliant clarity and vivid details that amaze, even when viewed up close.
- Combining colour packages and light filtering technology ColourPrime Pro delivers a wider range of colour spectrum. What you are watching is more vibrant and vivid with colours and shades that you never knew existed.
- When something is shown in HDR there is a dynamic range on display that is closer to the huge range of colours and shades that your eye can process. HDR gives your eye more to see, sun glistens off water, stars shine brighter in the sky, the lights of the city glow stronger at night.
- Stream 4K UHD programmes from your favourite providers thanks to advanced HEVC decoding technology. 4K UHD content available exclusively through Smart TV webOS from selected providers only. Minimum standard of internet connection and subscription may be required.
Samsung UE40JU6000 4K Ultra HD Smart LED 40 Inch Television
Samsung makes really great HDTVs and this 4K monster is no exception. Usually close to £1000, you can now pick this 4K beast up for just £749
- Get all the benefits of Samsung’s fantastic UHD picture quality with the convenience of Smart Hub. Watch the best that the internet can offer in superb clarity, play games on and offline and share moves with friends.
- Quad Core processor enables super fast performance for all your TV needs
- Smart TV enables easy convergence and movie streaming, catch-up and app services
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