The arrival of high-definition TVs, LCD, LED, 1080p and every other abbreviation and number you could put on it should have signaled an apex in electronic bliss.
Watching TV couldn't get any better, right? Picture quality is pristine, sound quality is sensational and watching movies and sports made us feel like we were in the midst of an action scene or game-changing play.
Finally, we reached our pinnacle in terms of TV watching. Wrong.
OK, so the 3D television attempted to be the penultimate game-changer but hasn't exactly taken off like a bird. In fact, the appeal is waning at best and several television stations, including the pivotal player ESPN, has started cutting back on the 3D programming it is offering.
Game, set, match -- 3D TV is on the ropes.
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But another player has emerged from the tunnel and put a serious charge into the competitive television watching marketplace.
1080p say hello to my not-so-little friend -- the 4K TV.
The 4K television sounds cool, hip and extremely revolutionary in name alone. And somehow, the likes of Sony and LG have managed to create a television that is actually clearer than the 1080p.
From a price standpoint, the 4K TV is dropping like a safe in a Road Runner cartoon. What started as thousands is starting to migrate more into the $799-$999 price range, although there still is one that checks in at $25,000 -- in case you have a few bucks tucked under the mattress. The ones on the lower end of the television spectrum are from the likes of Seiki -- yes, they make TVs -- and are devoid of the bells and whistles such as surfing the web from your television or having access to applications such as Facebook and Twitter.
So, you can't tweet about your new TV or comment on someone else's post. But, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the best picture available on any TV -- for now.
And that brings up a valuable question: Where does the insanity of finding the perfect television picture end? Furthermore, does the general population actually care about being able to spot the tiniest detail within a movie or TV show?
The answer to the former question is never. There is already discussion of an 8K TV and probably a 50K TV in 2025. Technology will never allow the status quo to get settled long enough to remain the status quo. It's probably a safe bet to assume that, much like cars or computers, that as soon as you buy it, something better is going to replace it on the shelf.
The majority of the population also probably doesn't mind their 1080 or even 720p resolution TVs and are perfectly content with those for years and aren't going to make an extraneous purchase just for the sake of spending money.
The safer bet is to assume that the marginal market of people who enjoy spotting inanimate objects or the hardcore gamers probably are the only ones watching for new TVs -- no matter how many Ks come to fruition.
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