TVs Designed for Streaming
Smart Tvs have certainly become more of an experience than just entertainment. More than standard television, along with internet and all the amazing possibilities that come with that on Smart TVs, the focus of many TV manufacturers has become the streaming video aspect. Needless to say, streaming is everywhere and becoming more prominent every day, to the point of rivaling or even overtaking traditional TV content. The evidence is everywhere.
The AP article asks whether anyone still watches TV, which of course is a stupid question. The much better question is how is the idea or definition of TV changing. Part of this change is the development of 4K resolution in new lines of TVs. Of course, 4K TVs are considered the next phase of evolution, and it makes sense to constantly develop new TV models. But, the major problem with 4K is that availability of content. No traditional TV channels currently offer 4K programming, but certain streaming services are getting ahead of the curve and beginning to make some video available in 4K resolution.
From the AP:
“At the International CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas, TV makers unveiled new models with 4K resolution, or four times the clarity offered by today’s high definition TVs. They are pushing the features even though not a single TV channel is yet available in 4K. But Internet services such as Netflix, Amazon and M-Go are starting to offer 4K video.
Sony on Monday promised to create more 4K content to watch on those sets. Four popular shows from its entertainment division – “The Goldbergs,” ”The Blacklist,” ”Masters of Sex” and “The Night Shift” – will soon be available in 4K and it’s working with partners including Netflix and YouTube to deliver more 4K streaming video. Sony also launched an alliance with other TV makers, content providers and distributors to create technical standards for high-quality 4K video.
“It’s going to be the first format primarily driven by streaming,” says Jim Funk, a senior vice president at Roku Inc., which makes streaming TV devices.”