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4K'od: The 4K experience is a bit hollow

I ventured into a Best Buy on a random Sunday with a friend who wanted to buy the latest "Game of Thrones" season on Blu Ray.
While he was contemplating whether he wanted to buy the box set at Best Buy or go home and order it online from Amazon, I ventured into the always eye popping television section and decided to see what all the fuss was about as it relates to 4K TVs (either curved or not).
A helpful sales associate explained to me the simple difference between HD and 4K: a pixel in the latter is split up four times more clearly than the former. He used a business card with a hole punched in it to really show me, up close and personally, the difference between the two, and I'd have to say I did notice it with his slight of hand trick her performed.
Aside from that display, I really wasn't overly impressed with the picture on the 4K screen. Sure, it was spectacular, but compared to HD there really isn't enough to sink your teeth into, especially when you consider the glaring price differences.
A 4K TV can cost as much as $4,000, while the price of flat screen HD TVs are easily half (if not more) of that. Plenty of quality HD TVs are priced well below $1,000, and still have the kind of picture you'd kill for, even if you aren't splitting pixels to the degree of a 4K model.

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Furthermore, I asked the sales associated if any cable companies or satellite providers have any programming being broadcast in 4K, and he said "well, no." He added that Direct TV is working on something, but nothing yet has come to fruition. So as much as the 4K TV looks phenomenal on the specific screen shots Best Buy is purposely pumping in, the launch of it really isn't ready when it comes to shows and live events being broadcast.
And if my friend who bought the Blu Ray of "Games of Thrones" also decided to buy a 4K TV with the hopes that his Blu Ray player is going to suddenly upscale to a 4K picture, he'd be sadly disappointed. There really is no DVD player yet on the market that supports the same technology being used by the 4K TV.
So there you have it: the 4K TV is nothing short of remarkable and magnificent, as long as you're watching it in the store where, for now, it belongs, not in your living room as your primary TV of choice.
At least not yet.

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