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Show #2019-56 Broadcast March 19, 2019 – Computer Insider
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Show #2019-56 Broadcast March 19, 2019

Before we get into today’s show. Some listeners may find this audio disturbing and cause them to break out in a cold sweat and run out and spend a lot of money. Listener control is advised. Today we’re talking about 8K TV.

So, first of all, what is 8K? If you use basic math, it may seem like 8K would provide double the resolution of 4K, but that isn’t the case. Since we’re talking two dimensions here — horizontal lines and vertical lines — it’s actually a whopping 16 times the pixels of HD and four times the pixels of 4K. In other words, the part of the TV that makes the picture is really really intense.

8K sets are on the market now, with many manufacturers launching new modes at CES 2019. Samsung, which already had an 8K model last year has announced the availability of its 2019 QLED TVs, which include the Q900, an 8K model that’s available in sizes ranging from 65 to 98 inches, with prices that start at just $7,000 Canadian, and going up to $20 thousand for the 85” model. We couldn’t find a listing for the 95” set. Probably not enough room on the web page for all the digits in the price.

On a more positive note, you can expect prices to start falling quickly, probably in late November, to drive Christmas sales.

To give an idea of how far things have come, Sharp’s first 8K TV went on sale for “professional use” in Japan in 2015 for just under $190,000, and that price doesn’t include a guard to protect your investment. Today that same size set is just $7,000.

Another consideration is 8K content. We’re just starting to see 4K TV and movies coming on the market, and so far I’m yet to see anybody with 8K, but a google search says that there are a few sites starting to pop up.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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