Resolution isn’t the only reason to adopt a 4K Ultra High Definition TV. Costs are coming down and the TVs offer plenty of other technological tweaks.
The new High Efficiency Video Coding standard can support much higher resolutions than H.264, making it possible to encode up to 8K video (7680 x 4320). But its biggest impact is likely to come from the huge improvement in compression efficiency it provides over current codecs.
Mobile data traffic is set to explode, driven by more smartphones and tablets and the incredible growth of video traversing mobile networks. But a new video format is on its way, which could deliver the same high-quality video in half as many bits.