The ability to watch 4K video on YouTube has been around for a few years now. Unfortunately, though, actually getting 4K video to run smoothly is a whole another story. The problem is that 4K video simply has so much data that many folks simply lack the requisite bandwidth and/or patience to make viewing 4K clips all that practical.
Netflix’s stable of exclusive content is about to get bigger and better. The Internet streaming juggernaut announced this week that it plans to revive the BBC’s award winning nature documentary Planet Earth, a series which initially aired back in 2006. In case you’re unfamiliar, Planet Earth — the most expensive nature documentary ever produced — provided viewers an incredible and in-depth look at the world we live in, all in stunning HD. More →
Surprising no one, Grand Theft Auto 5 has had a smashing debut on PC, quickly becoming the most played third-party game on Steam just days after its release. With its detailed customization options, exclusive video editor and additional radio station, gamers who already owned the game are finding plenty of reasons to jump back into Los Santos.
After seeing the eye-widening collection of 4K, 8K and quantum dot televisions at CES 2015, you’re probably resisting the urge to upgrade your own living room display, but we’re going to make it even harder. We’ve combed through Amazon for some of the best 4K TVs that you can buy right now, in case you’re too impatient to wait for the new hotness to launch.
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Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled a brand new Android-based product, a 49-inch 4K TV that will cost just 3,999 yuan, or around $640, Engadget reports. Even though 4K TVs aren’t necessarily must-have products just yet, its price certainly makes this Xiaomi smart TV very interesting, assuming international customers will actually get a chance to buy one. More →
Japan Display on Wednesday announced that it has already developed an ultra-high resolution 4K x 2K LCD module for tablets that’s not only capable of offering a huge 3840 x 2160 resolution on a 10.1-inch display, but it’s also energy-efficient. The company said in its announcement that even though the new tablet screen has 4K resolution, power consumption will be similar to 10.1-inch WQXGA LCD modules (which have 2560 x 1600 resolution), as it uses low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) technology. More →
There are plenty of reasons to pick an Android tablet instead of an iPad, but a great selection of third-party games has never been one of them. Although many of the most popular iOS apps do eventually make their way to Android, the Google Play store has never been especially competitive with the App Store. The introduction of 4K gaming could change that, however. More →
Anyone who knows anything about PC gaming knows that there is often a steep price to pay in order to be anywhere near the cutting edge when it comes to the specs of your gaming rig. Gaming PCs are nothing like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, nor are they anything like the cheap laptops and desktops advertised by PC vendors — they’re in a completely different league and the cost of building a box with the latest and greatest technology can easily reach into the thousands in the blink of an eye. Add in the emerging need to support and view 4K resolution content to be at the bleeding edge and you’ve got a pricey proposition on your hands. But following this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, 4K monitors can now be had for somewhat reasonable prices and as one gaming industry watcher revealed recently, a monster 4K gaming machine can now be built for less money than ever before. More →
With the increasing number of ultra-high definition (UHD, or 4K) TV sets and displays being launched by various companies – including affordable models that were just introduced at CES 2014 – content providers are apparently trying to provide more 4K content that can take advantage of the higher resolution screens. Comcast has confirmed during a panel on UHD content that it will start offering 4K content as soon as February, the Hollywood Reporter says, when it will stream “some stuff” in 4K from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that take place in Sochi from February 7 to February 23. More →
We knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect it quite this soon. According to The Verge, Vizio has revealed the pricing scheme for its P series televisions — 50-inch models with 4K displays will start at just $999.99, and the higher-end 70-inch TV will cost $2,599.99. To put this into perspective, there are still plenty of high-end 50-inch HDTVs currently on the market that retail for around $1000. These prices are a far cry from some of the more audacious announcements during this year’s CES, and could be the first sign of 4K proliferation in the coming months and years. Although Vizio is known for affordable TVs, analysts have been predicting an abrupt price equalization in the 4K market for months. It appears that sooner rather than later, owning a 4K set won’t be a distant dream.
Ultra HD has been all the rage at CES once again this year, but much of the coverage has focused on outlandishly expensive televisions that would hardly fit in the average living room. As it turns out, plenty of companies were quietly revealing reasonably sized displays as well, so 9to5Mac assembled a list of a few of the more affordable options for those who want 4K without breaking the bank. More →