4K TV Guide – Buy Now or Wait? (Part 1)

When 4K TV panels first hit the market in Australia, they were very expensive, there was little specific 4k content to watch on them, and buying 1080p TV was probably a better way to go.

However, things have changed, and if you’re in the market for a new TV, the considering a 4K model is now justified. 4K TVs now have plenty of specific content to watch, have a ton of features, and are affordable enough for most people.

4k tv guide

What is 4K TV?

4K resolution is one of the latest advancements in television technology. It offers four times the number of pixels compared to conventional HDTVs, resulting in a much sharper image.

4K TVs are capable of displaying content at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times more than the 1920 x 1080 pixels offered by Full HD TVs. See our TV screen resolution guide.

As a result, you can enjoy an immersive viewing experience with stunning details and vibrant colors. With 4K TV resolution, you can now watch movies and shows like never before!

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4K TV Is Here To Stay

Since 4K is no longer limited to cashed up tech lovers or early adopters, it’s now the industry standard. To further cement this likely outcome, it’s important to note that an alliance of TV manufacturers, movie studios and major streaming platforms all agreed to push 4K forward as the next standard in video production. This, combined with affordability now makes the 4K standard a sure thing for many years to come.

4K Content

It’s been exciting to see that Netflix has added a ton of 4K shows to its schedule, and that both Microsoft and Sony have launched 4K gaming consoles. The prices of UHD Blu-ray players have also come down dramatically, now being about the same price as are as cheap as their HD counterparts.

4K TV Prices

What qualifies as an affordable price for a 4K TV is somewhat subjective I know, however, a quick look around shows there are price points out there for most budgets. For example, Hisense and FFalcon have cheap models at a variety of well-known stores for around the $500 mark.

At the other end of the spectrum, Sony, LG and Samsung have been major players for higher end models with Hisense and TCL now on par with them at price points of $4000 to $5,000+. Of course, those brands and others also offer plenty of other 4K models at lower prices, too.

In 4K TV Part 2, I go into depth about the criteria you should apply when shopping around for a new TV to make sure you get the best possible quality for your budget.

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