4K TV is the next generation in the in HD television technology. 4K is also termed ultra-high definition (‘UHD’), but the former is usually used when describing it. To start a little history of what we have had before, since HD has been around for about a decade now. I the beginning, as far as home entertainment went, we had Standard Definition, which was about 480p/540p (ouch I know!), then came High Definition (720p); and until recently we all topped out at Full High Definition (1080p). Now we have Ultra High Definition which is counting in at a whooping 2160p!

Why is it called 4K? It’s a bit of mathematics; 4K means that the maximum resolution of the TV is 3,840 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high; meaning it is equivalent to two full high definition screens (1080p) in height, and two in length. Originally this technology was referred to as a “QuadHD” because of the doubling in length and width; but it eventually got a catchier name of 4K.

Do I want it?  The jump from standard definition to high definition toted a large payoff for home consumers. The difference was very clear across a large range of television screen sizes. Many people can’t go back to watching much more than the 7pm news on standard definition these days. With 4K, besides the lack of consumer content to watch at this time, the screen size plays a large part in if you actually get some benefit out of this technology in your own home. The bigger the screen, the larger the payoff, anything over 60′ and scaling up is where you will see the most bang for your buck in adopting 4K over full high definition.

How can Precise help? As Crestron dealers on the island, we have all the resources to help you get your system up to 4K! Crestron is a leader in the industry, and are currently rolling out systems to handle this new technology while others are scrambling to keep up.

Here is an exert from Tom Barnett, Creston’s Marketing Director, on their DigitalMedia brand that supports 4K:

“DigitalMedia is more than ‘4k ready’; it’s 4K already,” said Tom Barnett, Marketing Director. ”In fact, DM was built to handle 4K since our very first 8X8 switcher. While others are ‘getting ready,’ we’re shipping a complete 4K solution today. Now, your customers can distribute 4K and other resolutions, such as 2560×1440 output from Apple® laptops, that require more signal bandwidth than switchers designed for 1080p and 2K distribution can provide.”

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