Tech Talk Tuesday: Sight for Sore Eyes

Updated: Tuesday, January 7 2014, 11:39 AM MST
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By Lonnie Valencia

Televisions!  Oh Yes! My favorite topic! Whether it’s the history of them or the future, I can talk your ear off about this subject.  Today on Tech Talk I want to dive in on the new offering coming out of CES.  Ooo I can’t wait!



For those of you that are not familiar with CES it stands for the, Consumer Electronics Show.  This event is where all the major and not so major electronic manufactures gather to show off their very best.  Samsung, Panasonic, LG, and Sony are just some of the corporations that show up for the big event.  All week long techie news will be hitting headlines with claims of unimaginable coolness.  Already Samsung came out swinging with their new 105 inch curved Ultra-HD Television.  Of course it was on the heels of Director Michael Bay’s live meltdown that caught everyones attention, but nevertheless the television’s attributes had me floored.  

Here’s a link to the Los Angeles Times article/video of Michael Bay’s meltdown

Believe it or not that shiny HD television you have in your home right now is already put out to pasture.  Make way for 4K, Ultra HD, the Next Gen or, as I like to call it, clarity in a box.  These new televisions are 4 times clearer then your current HD-TV, giving us the expandability of having televisions much larger then what we have now.  


Let me share with you what blows my mind about these Ultra HD televisions.  May last year was when most of these early models hit the market.  Now fast forward to  less than a year later and these televisions are so popular that HD, smart, or 3D televisions are a whisper in the corner somewhere at CES.  Less than a year ago these television were going for $9,000 to $25,000 per unit.  Now, they’ve dropped so much in price that they are actually affordable.  It took several years for HD television to be adopted throughout the U.S. and it took a fraction of that time for them to disappear.  The way things are going those few people that have a death grip on their old standard TVs will probably skip the HD era altogether and go straight into 4K.  That’s unbelievable to me.  If this turnaround turns out to be true, then I deem it the fastest adoption of any platform before it.

That said, if you are looking to jump on the Ultra HD bandwagon then you are going to need content that works with your television.  Right now, Sony has the only platform that streams 4K video, so you might want to pick one of those up along side your TV.  Netflix is touting that their next season of “House of Cards” will be shot, edit, and streamed in 4k.   Recently, Netflix began partnerships with Sony, LG, Vizio and Samsung so they can become a major suppler of Ultra HD content.  Great, now you have two things going for you and I’m sure there is a lot more to come.  I have to say, I think it’s time for me to start saving my money, as I see a new 4K TV in my future.

 I love television!  Look at me.  I work at a television station.  Whether it’s the past or the future, it is an undeniable past time that we’ve enjoyed for decades, and I hope it just gets better and better.  Of corse there are also those times we would like to forget like when laser discs came out.  I hope 4K televisions are not like that!

Let us know if you plan on getting a one of these new Ultra HD televisions and as always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.

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