We all know just how quickly technology can evolve and progress. It seems like yesterday when we dumped our chunky VHS tapes on charity shop doormats and picked our sides in the great Blu-Ray vs HD DVD war of the mid 2000’s. Blu-Ray brought HD images to our homes ten years ago, but now we’re seeing the UHD Blu-Ray format creeping onto store shelves. We’re going to delve deeper into the technology and give you a clearer idea of what it’s all about and what to expect.
So what is Ultra HD Blu-Ray and is it really worth it?
In a nutshell, it’s the technology that’s going to physically give us Ultra HD content in our homes. It will quadruple the amount of pixels currently found in a standard Blu-Ray disc and HD set up to (3840 × 2160), bringing us one step closer to cinema perfect resolution in the living room. They will not use region coding and will have a capacity of 66GB and 100GB of data on dual and triple layered discs. People have likened the format to looking through a window rather than looking at a TV screen.
OK, so what’s 4K then?
Ah yes, well this can be slightly confusing. 4K is the standard definition for digital cinema projectors in the UK, meaning when you sit down with your popcorn to watch the latest blockbuster your eyeballs are treated to 4K resolution of 4,096 x 2,160. Ultra HD has a slightly lower resolution at 3,840 x 2,160 mainly due to the 16:9 ratio TV, so you’re getting a slightly lower widescreen experience than at the cinema. But arguably the difference is negligible. Some brands will use the term Ultra HD, some will use 4K and some will probably use them both interchangeably. 4K TV’s have been around for a few years already so people already recognise and understand it. Plus, it looks and sounds a lot cooler! Say it with us: 4K. Four-kay. Feels good doesn’t it?