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Buying an Ultra HD 4K TV

Should I Buy a 4K TV Now or Wait?

Ultra High Definition (UHD) television quadruples the number of pixels displayed versus an HD TV. In theory, this will yield a much clearer picture with more detail. So the question a lot of people are asking is "Is it time to upgrade my TV?" Keep reading and we'll give you details to consider to help you make that decision.

Prices Have Dropped

First off, 4K TVs have been out for a couple of years now and the prices have dropped. People have been adopting the UHD TVs at a rate faster than they adopted the HD TVs, but the industry doesn't expect the adoption rate to hit 50% until at least 2019. So in other words, there will be more price drops as the manufacturers battle for market share.

Waiting Gets You More Features

Secondly, as is always the case, the longer you wait to adopt a new technology the more developments, improvements, enhancements and features you are likely to get in whatever product you buy. So waiting tends to reward the consumer with a better product for a lower price.

Limited Availability of 4K Content

Here is an important thing to consider, right now, there is minimal content available in 4K. Few movies and TV shows are being offered in the Ultra High Definition format. Of course, more are offered everyday, but right now, the selection is very limited. So if you purchase a new 4K TV, you will not really get all the benefits of the added resolution because there will be little to see. It is true that most of the TVs will upscale lower resolution content to display in 4K, but that process does not create a 4K image, it just uses tricks to make the image appear better; it really will not look much different than on an HD TV.

How To Choose a New TV

What is HDTV? ... EDTV? ... DTV? ... SDTV?

What is the Difference? CRT vs: Rear Projection vs: Video Projector vs: Flat Panel?

How To Choose: LCD, Plasma, DLP, LCoS?

So, What Should You Do?

So if your old TV just gave up the ghost and you have to buy a new one now, you wouldn't be making a bad decision to purchase a 4K model to replace it. But then, you could save a few hundred or more by choosing an HD TV. On the other hand, if you are worried that you are missing out on amazing image quality because you are stuck with an old HD TV, stop worrying. Because of the limited content options right now and because prices will continue to drop and features and enhancements will continue to be added, you really can't go wrong by waiting a while to buy a new 4K television.

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