Life in Ultra HD
4x sharper than HD
A wider color spectrum
A billion colors on screen
Audio all around
- What does Ultra HD mean?
Ultra HD is the next generation standard for video entertainment. It combines enhancements such as 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range, Wide Color Spectrum and Immersive Audio to create a dramatically different and better home entertainment experience for consumers.
- What is 4K Resolution?
It is an increase in the number of pixels on the screen, making for a sharper, crisper image. 4K resolution displays 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This is four times the number of pixels displayed on a Full HD TV, which only displays 1,920 x 1,080.
- What is High Dynamic Range?
HDR—or high dynamic range—shows a greater contrast range on your TV. It is the range between the darkest spots on the screen and the brightest. With HDR, high-contrast images can be shown with much greater clarity and more detail in the shadows and highlights. Imagine the visual drama that’s delivered when the deepest darks meet up with the most brilliant, brightest white possible.
- What is Wide Color Spectrum?
Simply put, Wide Color Spectrum means your UHD TV can display more colors than your HD TV. The human eye sees 100% of the color spectrum. Historically, HDTV’s were only able to produce 1.6 million colors. This is only a small fraction of the color spectrum. With Wide Color Spectrum, as defined by the UHD Alliance, TV’s can display 1 billion colors…making the film more lifelike and allowing the viewer to more closely experience the film as the director originally intended.
- What is immersive audio?
With Immersive Audio, sounds are perceived as coming from infinite points around and above the listener rather than just from traditional speaker locations. The result is multi-dimensional sound that envelops the listener and enhances the viewing experience by more closely correlating sound to the action on and beyond the screen. This multi-dimensional sound, when paired with 4K UHD, creates a viewing experience that virtually transports the viewer into the scene.
- What do I need to be able to watch 4K UHD content?
To watch content, you’ll need a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) display and a device that supports the 4K UHD format. This includes 4K-compatible Smart TVs and streaming media players (like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.). You can also view 4K UHD content playing 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs. 4K with HDR content is also available to watch on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Sony Playstation Video, YouTube, Movies Anywhere, Vudu, Fandango, etc. Remember to check with your cable or satellite providers for available 4K UHD offerings. Whichever way you go, disc or streaming, you’ll need the latest HDMI cable to ensure you get features such as HDR.
- If I buy an Ultra HD Blu-ray player will it play my current discs?
Yes. Ultra HD Blu-ray players will play your 4K UHD Discs as well as your Blu-ray Discs and even your DVDs.
- Can I watch 4K discs on my Blu-ray player or regular DVD player?
Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs cannot be played in a standard Blu-ray Disc player or DVD player.
- What is an HDMI cable and do I need one for my 4K TV?
For 4K Ultra HD sources like an Ultra HD Blu-ray player or a 4K streaming set-top box, purchasing an HDMI cable that’s rated to handle 4K bandwidth will provide the highest-quality picture and sound. The packaging, the cable itself, or the product description will typically tell you if the HDMI cable is fast enough for 4K. Look for HDMI cables labeled “Premium HDMI Cables” as these are optimized for Ultra HD performance.
- Want to learn more?
To learn more about 4K Ultra HD technologies, products, tips for home theater set up and more, please visit the UHD Alliance’s consumer site at www.ExperienceUHD.com