4K TV shipments jumped 500 percent in Q3 2014

By Himanshu Arora ยท 15 replies
Nov 26, 2014
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  1. 4K TV shipments topped 3 million units last quarter, up a whopping 500 percent compared to the same quarter last year, bringing total shipments to 6.4 million units this year, according to the latest report from global market research and consulting firm DisplaySearch.

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  2. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Perhaps the adoption to 4K won't take very long, out with 3D in with 4K I say!
    Littleczr and amstech like this.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I remember a while back there was the debate about which will be the next TV technology to take off. HD was the obvious last hit, and 3D was a flop. The debate was between OLED and 4K. I wonder how OLED is doing, because I think if I had a the choice I'd take a 1080p OLED TV over 4K.
  4. I have no idea but, doesn't 1080p and 720p content looks worst on a 4K than a 1080p tv?
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,999

    If Microsoft ever finishes the rebirth of Flight Sim it's going to really look great. Shoot, I might just upgrade my bi-focals after all!
  6. dualkelly

    dualkelly TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +10

    Who gives a crap about TV's. Give me 4k 30-34inch monitors with over 60hz and less than 2 grand. preferable from several vendors so competition drives prices down. TVs suck and ultra high res monitors have often been in the realm of a broken bank account.
  7. Of course it will look bad, imagine 1920x1080 resolution video in 4k screen, the image wont fit perfectly thus making the video spread out to match the 4k resolution of the TV.

    stretching the video will make 1080p or 720p video look bad on any 4k tv.

    That's why the debate is still going strong, whether to buy 4k tv now or later, since the 4k content is VERY limited.
  8. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    4K just made all eyefinity-3DS setups look silly. Just kidding.

    Seriously though I cannot wait to hear details on AMD/Nvidia next generation GPU's, you know they are going to strongly accommodate 4K gaming.
  9. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    It doesn't look bad as long as you're comparing same screen sizes between 1080p and 4K. That's because 4K is an exact multiple-resolution where each 1080p pixel would cover a square of 4 pixels in 4K, not fractions of pixels -thus needing a filter or something. So... you would see groups of 4 pixels in 4K doing the same job of a single pixel in 1080p within the same area.
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    Where do you get 4k broadcasts or even stream them with comcast at 2m download speed? In fact, I might be downgrading from 1080p to 720p if not standard def as the 5 year old polaroid hi def tv already blew out from walmart.
  11. No, from 1080p scaling is very easy (just double pixels in lenght and height=4x),or mix 4 pixels in 1 (like antialiasing), at worst the image fidelity is the same (4k and 1080p are proportional)
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    So true! And 720p would triple in height and width, which is also proportional. There is no stretching. I tried once to prove to myself that there would be stretching and proved the exact opposite.
    • 720 x 3 = 2160
    • 1080 x 2 = 2160
    • 4K is 2160
  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I've had my full HD TV for about 8 years or more now. And only within the last year or so have terrestrial broadcasts (other than BBC) become available in HD in the UK. Sky TV offered some but at a premium pricing. I'm not going to invest early again in a set and pay high prices until there is significant adoption of 4k by content providers and broadcasters. Can get a similar or better specification HD tv now for a fraction of what I paid, and now it's worthwhile. Not even Consoles back then were worth having full HD tv for as many of the games only made it to 720p. 4k is obviously going to be the next step (already game on PC at 2560x1440), but I'm going to wait for the moment.

    I remember people saying that SD on their HD tvs looked crap, I'm sure HD to 4k will be a lot better, but I'm not going to be a guinea pig for it...
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,021   +2,553

    Would you be willing to donate me your old pair?*nerd*
  15. Well nobody seems to of realise that yes 4k TV shipments have increased 500%, they sold 5 Tv's out the gate and now an amazing 25 ...

    It is too early, it is unnecessary and they best have 144hz and 1ms response times. And be cheap. Early adopters think they are ahead of the curve, they just pay premium for the emperors new clothes half the time.
  16. I don't own a TV at all, but when I decide to get one, it will be at least a 60" 4k screen.

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