The jury’s still out on 3D being the next big thing in HDTVs, though it’s hard to imagine every household wanting to spend hundreds of dollars to make sure each family member has a pair of glasses to watch 3D programming and movies. So if not 3D, what’s the next great technology to make everyone update their sets?
Enter Quad HD/4K. As its names suggest, the technology provides more than four times the resolution of 1080p HD at 3,840×2,160 (slightly less than the 4K digital cinema standard). While it will require its own set of infrastructure updates (new TVs, additional bandwidth to get the content into your home, etc.), it won’t require any pair of glasses on the end user’s face. (That is, until they make 3D 4K HDTVs, which they certainly will.)