Posted December 15, 2015

4K difference

In a world of unyielding technology advancements, you probably have heard of the new 4K TV, you’ve wish listed it, or you’ve bought one by now.  They officially made their appearance and hit the shelves in 2015. The excitement of the new TV and its ultra-high definition is no longer an ideabut a reality and it’s catching on.

Even though we know the 4K TV is exciting… we find it best to wait to buy one. Pioneer Communications, along with the majority of other Cable providers, does not receive or offer 4k content. Most networks send their signal to Pioneer Communications in 1080p HD, not 4k Ultra High Definition. Some cable operators and satellite providers are touting that they are now carrying 4k channels, even then it is only a few select channels.

Just like any wise shopper you want to research before you make an investment. So here are 4 reasons we think you should wait before purchasing a 4K TV.

1. There is not enough Ultra HD content 

As mentioned earlier most networks do not transmit their feed in 4k, therefore cable providers do not broadcast 4K content for the TVs to display content in 4k. And yes, this also applies to live sports and the summer olympics coming up in 2016. If you have a 4K TV, there is a possibility you can stream Netflix, Amazon Video, Youtube, and a few others. The biggest cache of 4K content will be once the first 4K UHD Blu-ray players appear. All new programs and movies are already being shot in 4K, and Hollywood studios will likely re-master their catalogs in 4K.

2. Streaming on a 4K TV takes up A TON of bandwidth 

Streaming Netflix and Amazon Video might seem like no big deal, but in 4K it is now four times a bigger deal than you know. Like any new technology improvement comes added steps and resource to make it work. The fact that its name origins from the amount of pixels it is wide says enough. Current internet networks are optimized to stream 1080p HD. Don’t be surprised if you see some buffering when streaming 4k content as it takes up four times the bandwidth as 1080p. You may need to take another look at your internet package if you plan to stream 4k.

3. You won’t see the difference

Even if you could access the few 4K programs available, it’s an open question whether you’ll be able to see the difference between UHD (4K) and HDTV (2K). In the HDTV world, it’salmost impossible to detect the difference between 1080p and 720p resolution on HTDVs smaller than 50 inches watched from a normal viewing distance.

The only way to detect the dot detail improvement from HDTV to UHD is to either get closer or get a much larger screen — or both. Only gamers who sit super close to their UHDs will be able to detect 4K’s detail superiority, assuming the game is in 4K. But for those of us watching House of Cards on 60-65-inch sets sitting 6-8 feet away? It’ll be really hard to tell the difference between 4K and 2K, it may not be a difference worth the UHD 4k premium price.

4. It is very expensive

The fact that you can buy a really great 60inch HDTV for less than $1000 and the 4K TV is priced anywhere from four to nine times higher is outrageous.

For instance, LG’s 65-inch Prime UF9500 LCD UHD, which uses a color-boosting technology called Wide Color Gamut (WGC), is priced at $2,500. Samsung’s new flagship 65-inch JS9500 quantum dot UHD set is priced at $4,000. And LG’s droolable 65-inch EG9600 OLED UHD will sell for an instantly mouth-drying $5,000.

Not only is the TV itself is expensive but all the limited ways of streaming add up. As with all electronics, prices on UHDs will begin to drop as other customers buy current UHD models. If you’re an early adopter, by all means go for it. We here at Pioneer want you to have all of the facts and encourage you to do your own research.