Just when you thought HDTV couldn't get any better or any cheaper, you find out that it can get a lot better and a lot less cheap. The next big thing in video is 4k, which has quadruple the resolution of today's best 1080p TVs. The first two models on to the US market, from Sony and LG, will be here for the holidays.
That's the good news. The bad news is that both of them will cost as much as an automobile. The other good news (if you love this stuff) is that at 84 inches, both of them are as wide as an automobile. The other bad news is that so far there's virtually no 4k content, though that could change fast.
I'm looking forward to spending some time with these monster sets, particularly since opinion is already so divided on 4k. Could true digital cinema quality in your home rejuvenate the declining TV business? Or is it just a marketing ploy that may make sense one day, but doesn't now?
We'll find out soon.