All About 4K: hhgregg’s 4K TV Buying Guide

There’s been a lot of excitement around 4K TV technology lately. And once you’ve seen the picture quality, you’ll understand why. Let’s take a more detailed look into why 4K mania is dominating the TV market and what you should consider before you go 4K.

What is 4K and why should I buy a 4K TV?

The main selling point for a 4K TV is the image quality. Just how much better are we talking? To understand the answer, we’ll need to step back and look at the technology behind what makes up the images on your TV screen – pixels.

4K vs. HDTV: It’s all about the pixels

With 4K TV, images appear crisper and more defined than you’ve ever seen before because it has four times the pixels of a 1080p HDTV. That’s a big difference. A difference of 8 million pixels. An HDTV screen is made up of a grid that is 1,080 rows high and 1,920 columns wide. The 4K grid doubles both the height and width – making it about 4,000 pixels wide, thus the name 4K.

4K Terminology

You may also hear 4K referred to as 4K Ultra HDTV, Ultra High Definition (UHD) or Ultra HD. While the terms are often used interchangeably, UHD is actually an all-encompassing term that refers to any TV resolution with more pixels than HDTV. So, while 4K TVs are UHD, not all UHD TVs are necessarily 4K.

Content Available for 4K Viewing

Other providers include Amazon Ultra HD Instant Video,  M-Go, Samsung UHD Video Pack, Sony 4K Video Unlimited, Comcast, and Vimeo
Providers include Amazon Ultra HD Instant Video,  M-Go, Samsung UHD Video Pack, Sony 4K Video Unlimited, Comcast, DirecTV, VUDU, UltraFlix, Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo

Making the most of 4K.

While there’s no doubt that the picture is much sharper, the best ways to enjoy the benefits of a 4K TV are by watching 4K content or sitting close enough to your TV. If you are standing or sitting far away from your set, your eyes can’t distinguish the pixel difference. However, 4K TV displays up close offer a significantly better image quality. So how close are we talking? No one wants to sit directly in front of the TV! The good news is you won’t have to. This chart shows the optimal distance to sit to enjoy the full benefits of 4K based on your screen size. For example, if you have a 55-inch TV, you’ll see the full benefits of 4K TV sitting 5 to 6 feet away from the screen.

4K TV Accessories

There aren’t many 4K-specific accessories – yet. As this new technology becomes more popular, you’ll likely see new accessories pop up. For now, if you’re TV isn’t Wi-Fi compatible, we recommend purchasing an Ethernet cord to connect to the Internet so you can stream 4K content. If you plan to plug your computer into your TV, you’ll also need an HDMI cord. Additionally, purchasing a 4K DVD player will allow you to enjoy 4K DVDs.

Find your new 4K TV at hhgregg!

If you’re ready to take the leap and purchase a 4K TV, hhgregg is here to help. You can check out the improved image quality for yourself in our stores, and our knowledgeable experts can answer all of your questions. Or, shop our wide selection of curved, smart and big-screen 4K TVs online and read reviews from customers just like you. Once you’ve purchased your new set, our 4K TV Setup Guide provides useful tips for getting started.

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