Companies like Sony and Samsung have been pushing for the UHDTV (Ultra High Definition Television) to become the new standard television in our living rooms. The competition is aggressive, as China’s #1 television company TCL has priced the 50-inch UHDTV at a low price of $999.
The new television boasts a picture resolution that is 16 times greater than the high definition technology currently in the market. It also displays up to 32 million pixels on screen, compared to the current HD technology of 2 million pixels. These high numbers have the potential to provide a greater sense of immersion, and a very realistic depiction of images. But is the promise of a lifelike experience in the living room a good reason to get the UHDTV?
The technology of the UHDTV provides more artistic freedom for producers who now have the tools to depict picture with more detail. More broadcasting services and media organizations may soon adapt to the UHDTV technology, like how they have done with the HDTV. The ultra high definition will make the viewers of National Geographic specials feel like tourists, and the action scenes will look like it’s happening outside our windows.
It has been proven that the greater the use of technology, the greater the demand. This could mean that once people get used to the lifelike experience of the UHDTV, how will television companies meet the demands of people who have already experienced an ultra big screen TV with realistic depictions of images? Will they try to make the images look almost too realistic? Having this beautiful behemoth sitting in its living room throne and mimicking reality through the projection of artificial images might make the viewers become more attached, not just immersed, to the television. The UHDTV becomes a sort of accurately pretty gateway to reality, when reality already exists outside of our living rooms.
Just like how social media outlets and social media technology have become almost necessary attachments to our daily lives, and face-to-face social encounters a detachment, it’s interesting to see how the way we view our world might change when a great pixel-perfect view of the world is always projected in our living rooms.
Many cartoons or animated films are attractive because they have a very obvious fictional quality to them, letting its viewers know that they are not watching reality. There’s a charm to the quality of something not being lifelike, and it may be the same charm that has made fiction wildly popular throughout human history. With the UHDTV making pictures look so real and so accurate, like how many high quality cameras do today, it will be interesting to see how the UHDTV immerses its viewers by providing more realistic projections of the very world we live in.