4K TV jargon buster



4K is the latest generation of television technology that’s taking the media world by storm. But, what is 4K? How is it different from Ultra HD? And how can you get 4K content on your telly? Here, we bust some of the confusing jargon and explain everything you need to know about the latest revolution in TV technology.

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4K is the latest generation of television technology that’s taking the media world by storm. But, what is 4K? How is it different from Ultra HD? And how can you get 4K content on your telly? Here, we bust some of the confusing jargon and explain everything you need to know about the latest revolution in TV technology.

What is 4K?

Television technology is constantly evolving. From black and white to colour, standard definition to high definition, manufacturers are constantly improving the picture quality on our screens. 4K is the newest television technology on the market and offers up to four times the resolution of HD TVs.

With 4K you get approximately 8.3 million pixels or 3,840 x 2,160 pixels compared with 2.2 million pixels on HD. This gives you a viewing experience and picture quality with four times more detail and sharpness. You’ll be able to see each blade of grass, each animal and each grain of sand with even more clarity on your screen.

What’s the difference between 4K and Ultra HD?

If you’re on the hunt for a new TV, you’ll often see terms like “4K” and “Ultra HD” or “Ultra High Definition” bandied about interchangeably. But, they’re not always the same thing. All 4K TVs are Ultra HD - but not all Ultra HD TVs are 4K.

Ultra HD is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of pixel resolutions from 2K, 4K, 6K to 8K. Basically, Ultra HD refers to any pixel resolution or picture quality that’s higher than HD. This can be anything from the 1920 x 1080 pixels you get in High Definition to the huge dimensions of 7680 x 4320 in 8K.

Don’t worry too much about understanding the different Ultra HD types. The majority of Ultra HD TVs, PCs, cameras and other UHD devices on the market are 4K. In fact, 4K is now becoming increasingly common across a wide range of personal devices. You can now find camcorders, DSLR cameras and even mobile phones with 4K picture quality built-in.

How to get the most out of 4K

To get the most out of 4K, it is recommended that you sit closer to the screen than you would with HD. They say this is so you can truly appreciate the extra resolution, by filling more of your field of view. A 4K viewing experience is packed with even more detail, sharpness and colour. To experience all 4K has to offer, you’ll also need to watch content that’s been specifically filmed or mastered to that resolution.  

How to watch 4K content

Although 4K is still not the default resolution for TV shows and films, a growing number of television programmes and movies are starting to offer it. Hollywood studios have started getting on the bandwagon and are slowly starting to produce films with 4K technology.

But it’s online content producers like Netflix and Amazon Prime who are leading the way in 4K. Stream Netflix or Amazon Prime on your TV and you’ll be able to watch shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, with picture quality like never before. BT Sport has recently announced it will be launching its own 4K channel. It’s only a short time before other broadcasters follow suit and make 4K even more living room friendly.

Looking to buy a 4K TV? Check out the wide range of 4K Ultra HD televisions available at Currys and reap the benefits of the stunning picture quality.

Want to know more about 4K? Check out our detailed guide here