Is There a Difference Between 4K and 8K TV?

The Difference Between 4K and 8K TVs

We did the research to help you decide whether or not to upgrade to 4K or leapfrog to 8K. 

UHDTV, 4K, 8K… there is a myriad of acronyms that exist when sifting through new TVs on the market. The major difference between all is picture quality. However, this one differentiation can impact the content you view, your connections needs, and TV placement.

UHD TV, is that the same as 4K?
Kind of… and no matter which you choose, the higher density of pixels creates more clarity, definition and texture to refine the viewing experience.

Quite frequently the TV industry uses the label of UHD TV (Ultra High Definition Television) interchangeably with 4K TV and it’s not far from the truth. The difference is a few hundred megapixels. UHD TVs have a screen resolution of 3,840 x 2160 pixels. 4K TVs have a screen resolution of 40960 x 2160 pixels. This means that UHD TVs are slightly narrower than their 4K counterparts making the noticeable difference between picture quality negligible. The higher density of pixels will provide a more immersive experience than a standard HD TV, perfect to maintain picture integrity if you want to upgrade to a larger screen or if you have a smaller space and have to place your seating closer to the TV.

Check with your provider to ensure you have a compatible satellite/cable box, streaming plan, and receivers for any additional devices you may be connecting. Streaming services and cable have already begun to produce 4K content. In order to efficiently access said content the recommended screaming capacity is 15-25 bps. This means that if someone else is using the internet, you should have this allotted amount left over available to operate your TV. Avoiding high levels of compression in streaming is key to getting the clearest picture.

When purchasing the newest blockbuster, look for Ultra HD Blue Ray disks. For streaming services such as Amazon Fire Stick offer a 4K option. There are quite a few 4K TVs on the market right now, so if you’re thinking of upgrading, you’ve got a selection to choose from to suit your needs. 

8K TVs, is it too soon to buy?
It might feel as soon as 4K hit the market 8K was close on its heels. Is it too soon to buy such a new technology? 

An 8K TV takes the screen resolution of a 4K TV and increases the pixel density times 4 (7,680 x 4,320 p). There has been the development of an 8K Association, a group that sets minimal standards so when you buy an 8K TV you know what you’re getting. The standards include the aforementioned screen resolution, 2.1 HDMI ports, 50-60 frames per second capacity, 600 nits peak brightness, and the ability to accept 10 bit colors, and upscale lower resolution inputs. All of these standards are a good effort to protect the consumer when they see the 8K logo.

All these standardizations stated, most services such as Netflix and Hulu have yet to create native content in 8K. The higher bandwidth means you’re looking at upgrading your internet service, HDMI cables, amongst paying the premium price the newest technology. The conservative opinion is that it’s best to wait a little longer on purchasing the 8K TV to see what other leaps and bounds that are sure to be made in the next few years. Not to mention, the price drop.