4K TVs have been around for a while now – since 2012, in fact. A few years ago, they were mainly seen as a novelty, but over the last few years, the amount of 4K content has exploded, meaning the technology is more relevant than ever.

The question is, are 4K TVs now worth the investment?

Here, we look at what precisely 4K means, the differences between HD and 4K and whether now is the right time to purchase.

What Does 4K TV Mean?

4K is currently the highest widely-available TV resolution. It is called 4K as its width resolution (3,840) is almost 4,000 pixels. 4K TV is also sometimes referred to as Ultra High Definition (UHD).

How Clear are 4K TV Screens?

Currently, the majority of households have Full HD screens which offer a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. 4K doubles this, providing a whopping 3,840 x 2,160 pixels!

The pixels are what provide colour and clarity to your screen, and more pixels mean more precise images. To put the difference from HD to 4K into context, every pixel on your HD TV would fill just one-quarter of an identically-sized 4K display.

Of course, it’s hard to explain the difference in quality without taking the time to see it for yourself. However, many people say that 4K TV, compared to HD, provides a jump in clarity similar to that experienced from SD to HD. Furthermore, the increased pixels means that 4K screens can be built in much larger sizes while still providing improved visuals.

Netflix on the TV

What Can I Watch in 4K?

As mentioned before, back in 2012, 4K technology was primarily a novelty being showcased during major events but not much else. However, as the technology has developed, it’s now easier than ever to create 4K content. As a result, there are now plenty of opportunities to enjoy 4K visuals, no matter what you watch on your screen.

4K Netflix and Movie Streaming

Many of us now use streaming services for our at-home movie nights and weekly entertainment. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus and all other major streaming services now offer a plethora of 4K or 4K-enhanced shows that allow you to make the most of your improved visuals. If you want to watch the latest blockbuster at home, you can now enjoy them in better clarity than ever before!

4K Sport

4K in more traditional television has been a little slower on the uptake, so options in this regard are currently still limited. However, sports events on subscription services like Sky and BT are now regularly offered in 4K clarity. At the same time, major free-to-air events like Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup are also being provided in 4K, allowing you to experience the action like never before.

4K Gaming

Another recent development has been the creation of video games with 4K UHD graphics. Next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles are being designed to provide 4K visuals; having the setup to match can take your experience to the next level.

Watch HD TV on a 4K Screen

It should be added that, as a general rule, 4K TVs also offer slightly better clarity when it comes to viewing regular HD content. While only slight, the improved technology can enhance your everyday viewing.

Two people holding PlayStation controllers while playing on a 4K TV

Is 4K Worth Buying?

Ultimately, whether 4K is worth the upgrade depends on how much you value your time watching TV.

One thing to bear in mind is that, to experience the real benefits of 4K TV, you need to ensure you purchase a screen larger than your current HD monitor. Generally speaking, the larger your TV is, and the closer your seat is to it, the bigger the difference.

If you are considering purchasing a 4K TV, make sure you have everything you need to enjoy it to the full. Our home cinema installation covers everything, from sourcing the perfect screen to installation, setup and extras including surround sound. If you’re interested, why not give our South-East England team a call and see what we could do for you?