What You Need To Think About With The Resolution Of Your TV

When you’re on the lookout for a new TV, there are two bits of key info you’ll look out for – the price and the screen size. But there’s something else you should keep an eye out for which could make all the difference – the TV resolution.

Though you might be familiar with HD and Ultra HD, there are even more random resolution numbers out there to get your head around. 1080p, 720p, 4k – what do they all mean? Are they important? And which is the best option for you? So before you buy, here’s what you need to think about with the resolution of your TV.

What is TV resolution?

Your TV’s resolution is the number of pixels (tiny coloured dots) used to create the picture you see on screen. Measured in width by height (1280 x 720 for example), the more pixels your screen has, the sharper your picture will be and the more detail you’ll see.

Resolution is often used as a big marketing tool to help sell TVs because they sound more technologically advanced (like ‘Ultra HD’) – but it’s often the case that bigger isn’t always better.

Your resolution guide

Here’s a list of the most common resolution names, numbers, and terms you’re likely to come across when you’re researching for your next TV. There is some crossover, but this should simplify your choice and what’s best for you.

• Standard Definition (SD)

640 x 480 pixels

An older resolution that is better than the old analogue TV picture, but nowhere as good quality as you can get on even low-end HD TVs.

• High Definition (HD or 720p)

1280 x 720 pixels

This is the minimum resolution needed to be classed as HD. Clearer and sharper than SD and will allow you to watch content made in HD as well as SD.

• Full High Definition (Full HD, FHD, or HD Ready)

1920 x 1080 pixels

As you can see by the number of pixels, FHD is that much better than HD. More clarity and pretty much standard for watching any HD content or Blu-ray DVD.

• Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD or 4k)

3840 x 2160 pixels

4k gives you a resolution which is four times better than standard HD. Sky Sports, Netflix, and others often broadcast in 4k giving you a stunning picture quality which is perfect for big screen (40”+) TVs.

• 5k and beyond

Though still a fairly small corner of the market, 5k TVs are available. With 5120 x 2880 pixels, it will give you a picture quality that is literally second to none. But while only a handful of content is broadcast in 4k, there’s even less in 5k, but it’s not too far away. So if big screen TV and home cinema is your thing, you could get ahead of the curve.

While 5k has arrived, 8k is still being worked on with only a few TVs available from the likes of Samsung, Sony, and LG. With a massive 7680 x 4320 pixels, an 8k TV will give you a resolution that you won’t be able to see with the naked eye for super-realistic, pin sharp quality.

To give you an idea of 8k quality, our own eyes can see the equivalent of 40m pixels and 8k is around 33m pixels. But rather than being first in line to spend around £15k on the latest 95” screen, you’re better off sitting tight – 8k content is still a few years away yet.

Let us help you decide

Understanding the resolution can make it a bit of a minefield when you’re looking for a new TV. So if you want some advice or any extra information to help you, talk to us. Send us a message or call us on 01752 296781 today and we’ll be happy to give you our recommendations.