Look at that picture up there – what do you see? A massive, ridiculously large TV with a resolution so high that if you sat too close, it would look like looking through the eyes of an ant (if ants had TVs). But when will 100-inch 4K TVs be affordable enough to be considered by consumers like you and me? And what will we have to go through to get them? Let’s take a closer look at the past, present, and future of 100-inch 4K TVs.
Background on Ultra HD
Ultra HD televisions make a significant improvement to image quality. This is largely due to the difference in pixel density between HD and Ultra HD. With a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, Ultra HD displays more than eight million pixels at four times the pixel density of standard FullHD (1920×1080) displays.
While they’re both labeled as high definition televisions, Ultra HD sets have many more pixels and give you an extremely sharp picture with amazing detail. You can see things that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to see on a normal TV screen. For example, you’ll be able to see individual blades of grass on a football field during sports broadcasts.
Ultra HDs also reproduce colors much better than regular TV screens. The improved resolution makes it possible for images from far away objects such as birds flying in the sky to come into clear focus without any distortion or blurring whatsoever. Objects within close proximity, like the leaves on trees in your backyard, will look like they are standing still even when the camera pans around quickly.
If there’s one thing about Ultra HD TV you should know before buying one for yourself, it’s that these new TVs require more bandwidth and storage space. In other words, if your internet connection isn’t fast enough or if your hard drive doesn’t have enough storage space available then this new technology won’t work properly.
The problem with viewing distance
This raises the question of viewing distance. At 100 inches, you’ll need to be sitting an arm’s length away from the TV or it will become blurry. That’s because there is no camera that can take in that much visual information and be able to produce a crisp and clear image on the screen.
If you were two feet away from a TV screen then yes, you would get that crisp and clear picture. But since people typically sit four feet away when watching TV in their living room at home (which can hold a maximum of 64 inches), anything larger than that doesn’t work out well at all.
How many times have you been laying in bed watching TV while your significant other is laying on their side next to you? Do they appreciate being kicked? No. Does that mean you should be doing it? No!
That means if your TV gets any bigger than 50 inches, you better plan on sitting close enough to touch the screen with every inch of your hand if you want a good view. And if they do make 100-inch 4K TVs, we’ll need to start investing in more ergonomic furniture with wider seats so people don’t feel like ants who just got stepped on.
What happens in other countries?
For the moment, there’s still a pretty good buffer zone in between high-end and lower-end pricing. There’s about an 80 inch difference between the two TV sizes that make up 99% of TVs sold. For example, Samsung sells a 1080p set for as low as $450 and as high as $4,000 depending on screen size and features.
Japanese manufacturers have been churning out 120 and 140 inch televisions over the past few years because they have no established price tiers like in the United States. Some of these models cost upwards of USD$30 thousand—but that doesn’t matter to those who want them badly enough to fork over the cash. What will happen when higher-priced sets come to the U.S.?
The prices will likely depend on consumer demand and will vary from store to store. Stores may be more willing to slash prices if they can’t sell it fast enough (and are likely banking on consumers upgrading their old sets). Consumers may also be waiting until summer before making a purchase because prices typically go down during this time due to lack of demand during winter months.
Many retailers do carry TVs bigger than 100 inches; however, most don’t offer 4K resolution or smart TV functions which are increasingly becoming standard with TVs this large and expensive.
So how do we fix this?
So what’s the next step? Marketing will play a key role. It’s just as important to be able to showcase the TV and the image quality. The manufacturers may have created the best TV in the world, but if nobody knows about it then they’ll have trouble selling it. The first manufacturer with an excellent marketing campaign might enjoy success in this space. In any case, now is time to prepare because these gigantic TVs could become a thing soon! And when that happens, I’ll know where to go when I need one of those 100-inch 4K TVs.
I found myself scrolling through social media today, looking at all the new gadgets people were announcing from CES. They were all amazing – from smartphones to laptops – but none excited me more than these new gigantic TVs! When Samsung announced their QLED 8K resolution 98-inch TV I got really excited about the future of television. But before you think anything else – no, 8K is still not enough resolution for me (it only offers 4320×2160).