Tech Term Tuesday: 4k

You’ve probably heard that Sony is broadcasting the World Cup in 4k, but what does that mean? 4k, according to the Tech Terms Computer Dictionary, is a display standard (for a TV or a computer monitor) that can support a horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels. The most common resolution for 4k-enabled televisions, often referred to as UHDTVs, is 3840 x 2160 pixels. For comparison, most high-definition televisions have a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

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Simply put, 4k televisions are twice as HD as HDTVs.

If you’re in the market for a UHDTV, you’re in luck! We just so happen to offer a number of UHDTVs on our very own Howard Store. Most of them are SmartTVs as well, and the Samsung models are compatible with the PixieTV app. Check out this image from Gizmodo‘s article about the app:

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Um, WOAH. That’s a live feed that breaks down what’s happening in the game as you’re watching, as well as scores from past games and what matches are coming up. Perfect for the sports enthusiast who doesn’t want to miss a second of the action!

Here’s a listing of all the UHDTVs that we offer. We hope you’ve learned a little something, and we hope to see you back here next Tech Term Tuesday!

 

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World Cup Tech

You probably know that this year’s FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday, June 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You might even have tuned in to the opening ceremony, or you might be planning on watching the US Men’s National Team take on Ghana today. What you might not realize is just how much the World Cup has changed since its first incarnation in 1930.

When we think of technology, we generally don’t think about sports, but the truth is that the two go hand in hand. This year, for the first time, World Cup officials will rely on goal-line technology that uses cameras mounted around the stadium to determine when goals are scored. You can find a good explanation of how it works on the Guardian’s website.

This handy infographic will take you through a brief history of soccer technology. (For example, did you know the World Cup was first televised in 1954?)

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(via Gizmodo)