Not more than a year ago the trend of new models with an unprecedented screen resolution – 3840 by 2160 points was emerging. We published a small study on these models as an article.
Since then, Ultra HD (4K) quality televisions have become much more familiar to the market. The number of manufacturers of such devices has exceeded ten, and among them, even little-known Chinese companies and their Indian partners have appeared.
At the same time, there were also advances on the factors that we wrote about in our 2013 material as constraints: this is the price of Ultra HD TVs, this is the actual need to replace Full HD with Ultra HD in a home theater, and this is the availability of 4K content: movies, streaming clips, airtime.
Price is no longer scary
Speaking about the price factor, we can safely say that using an Ultra HD resolution matrix on a TV is Full HD — an option expensive, but not excessive. The high price of 4K TVs is made up of the fact that almost all of them have a screen diagonal of at least 55 inches, and also have full 3D support and Smart TV functions in one form or another.
Compared to last year, the cost of Ultra HD TVs fell by about 35 percent. The spread of the fall – from 20% on flagship models with huge screens up to 50 – on TVs with a diagonal of 55-65 inches.
Finally, it should be noted that low-priced models of low-cost brands are actively exerting pressure on the market. Given that the technology of production of Ultra HD screens over the past three years has already been worked out quite well, to the creation of 4K TVs, original companies from China have joined. It is their actions that can explain the presence in the market of devices with a price of less than 40 thousand. For example – DNS H50DXT880.
Inches – extra and necessary
Arguing about the need to replace Full HD TVs on Ultra HD for home use, there was one significant change throughout the year: customers ‘requests and manufacturers’ suggestions found a certain compromise point. It lies in the fact that the market has established the view that the Ultra HD format becomes useful when the screen diagonal is at least 55 inches.
Generally, speaking of the size of Ultra HD TVs, we still do not see a clear standardization of the sizes of the diagonals. However, some rules are already drawn. Thus, the flagship models have matrices of 84-85 inches diagonal. The golden mean can be considered a diagonal of 65 inches. Well, the “small” 4K standard models are called if their diagonal screen is 55 inches.
Internet goes to the aid of television
The availability factor of content worthy of viewing on an Ultra HD TV over the past year has not become less relevant, but its shape has softened.
The content for 4K TVs can be of four types: television, movies on discs, video from digital media (from flash cards to a streaming signal from the Internet) and videos created independently