The Next Hot Thing We’re All Gonna Want In Our TVs Is Ultra HD

Turn your peepers on “ogle” and prepare yourself to want the newest shiny thing: TV technology is getting shnazzier and the next generation of technology has just been officially dubbed Ultra HD. It’s so easy, rolls right off the tongue and was approved by the Consumer Electronics Association. The HD replaced “4K” which had been the industry lingo for any TV with four times the resolution of a regular HD set.

The association seems pretty pleased about this move, saying that for a TV to be called Ultra HD its display must have at least 8 million pixels or a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, reports the Chicago Tribune. The minimum aspect ratio must be 16:9.

“Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality,” Gary Shapiro, the association’s chief executive said in a statement. “This new terminology and the recommended attributes will help consumers navigate the marketplace to find the TV that best meets their needs.”

Ultra HD should be a good thing for those ginomous TV sets people like, as they usually lose clarity as the screens grow in size. Sony and LG are each expected to throw some Ultra HD sets on the market by the end of 2012, each boasting 84-inch screens.

So you won’t just be watching TV — you’ll be ULTRA watching TV. I’ll be impressed when they finally get the TV to serve up cold beverages and whatever delicious food I see on the screen with the touch of a button.

Next-generation TV to be called ‘Ultra HD’ [Chicago Tribune]

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