The technology of television (TV) has evolved significantly over the years. Initially, the demand was for CRT (cathode-ray tube) devices in the 1960s through to the early 2000s, before LCD (liquid-crystal display) TVs dominated the market up until the present day. The global TV market’s recent growth is driven by advanced technologies such as smart, OLED (organic light-emitting diode), AMOLED, and QLED TVs, as well as 4K and 8K resolution.
Resolution is one of the most common specifications that customers come across when deciding on the make and model of a TV set. The term refers to the number of pixels in each dimension that make up the picture on the screen, with newer models sporting ever-increasing pixel ranges. 4K TVs revolutionized home entertainment in the early 2010s, offering viewers a sharper and more detailed picture quality. As prices for 4K TVs have dropped significantly over the past few years, these devices are now reaching mainstream adoption. For instance, in 2021, around 44 percent of U.S. TV households owned a 4K-capable TV set.
With tech giants Sharp, Samsung, and LG leaping into 8K technology, a new age of television has begun. 8K models offer four times the resolution of 4K TVs and contain double the number of pixels per inch compared to 4K models. However, although their prices are significantly higher, 8K TVs are not considered always better than their previous models. Indeed, this state-of-the-art technology is yet to reach mainstream penetration. For instance, by 2022, 1.5 million 8K ultra HDTV units are expected to be sold in the United States.
As new TV sets provide customers with a variety of comfortable features, people around the world update their devices according to the latest technological standards. Smart TVs have started to outperform traditional TVs in recent years, allowing users to access the web and stream their favorite programs. They are popular both in Europe and in the United States, where the number of connected TV users is forecast to reach 113 million by 2024.
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