CES 2015: The mainstreaming of 4K TVs

They are impressive

Fortune

There are a lot of next big things in the television industry. In 2010, it was 3D, which promptly flopped.

Two years later, the talk began to focus on 4K/ Ultra High Definition (UHD) sets – and it quickly began to look like history was about to repeat itself.

But a funny thing happened in 2014. 4K/UHD began to carve a foothold. And now experts say the technology may, in fact, live up to the hype.

“4K is the emerging standard for TVs,” says Paul O’Donovan, principal analyst of consumer electronics at Gartner. “I think it will take some years for the annual number of 4K TVs manufactured to outnumber the total of full HD models, but I would expect that to happen within the next 7 to 10 years.”

SandlerResearch agrees, estimating 4K sets will have an annual growth rate of 106.84 percent through 2018.

Bill Lee…

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