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What is 4K TV?

If you're looking for a new television right now, you may have heard of 4K or UHD TVs and you may be wondering how they compare to a high definition TV.


The big difference between high definition, and 4K (also known as UHD) TVs is the resolution, or the number of pixels that make up the screen. A 1080p high definition TV is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high. A 4K TV has four times as many pixels, being 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high.

The bonus of having four times as many pixels is that it makes the picture much clearer, meaning that you can sit much closer to TV without the picture becoming blurry. However this depends on the image you are viewing.


If the image you are watching is not broadcast for 4K, the TV can upscale it to fit the TV, but it's not going to be as impressive as one intended for a 4K TV.


Right now, our local providers Shaw, Bell, Eastlink, and BMTS have very little, if any, 4K content. However, since most 4K TVs are capable of streaming content off of the internet, there are many options for 4K content. The most popular provider of 4K content is Netflix, though you will have to have a premium account to access the 4K content. YouTube and other streaming services also have 4K content, with more options being offered every day!

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