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With or without an 8K television? ‘They used to be unaffordable, now they cost less than 1000 euros’ | Tech

It sometimes seems as if the 4K TVs have only just conquered the Dutch living rooms. But in the meantime, the next generation of TVs is already eagerly awaiting: 8K. Is it worth investing in an 8K TV? And how much do you pay for a basic device with 8K? Tech expert Frank Everaardt, editor-in-chief of the specialized website Hardware Info, gives advice.




A beautiful nature series or film looks so much more realistic on a television with 4K. Thanks to these devices, you can view more details than ever before. Yet it can be even more overwhelming. “The next step with 8K technology is even more detailed,” says Frank Everaardt. “Where a 4K or Ultra HD screen has 8.2 million pixels or points of light, 8K offers 33 million. Until recently, these televisions were unaffordable, now you can buy one for less than 1000 euros.”

Streaming Movies

It will take some time before the Dutch television channels will broadcast in this quality, Frank Everaardt knows. “Still, it looks like streaming services like Amazon Prime will be launching movies in this high quality this year. More and more Flemish people are streaming their films, so that is less of a problem. The British satellite channel Sky even comes with the war film tie boot in this high quality.”


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If you have a small living room and you are very close to your television, that large amount of dots offers an advantage

Frank Everaardt, editor-in-chief of Hardware Info

Small living room

So the investment already seems worth it. For those who have a small living room but still want a large TV. “If you have a small room and you are very close to your television, that large amount of dots offers an advantage. Modern televisions can upgrade the standard image very well to a higher quality. But it can also be an advantage for gamers: they often sit with their nose on top of the screen and then the great detail is an advantage.”

LCD

“How well a TV can upgrade a lower quality image signal is a bit of the chef’s secret,” Everaardt continues. ,,The big brands are quite good at this, although it is sometimes not quite perfect. If I were to consider a TV 65 inches or larger, I would consider 8K. The affordable televisions use LCD technology. OLED televisions of this quality are much more expensive and cost as much as a good used car. If you do want an OLED television with excellent contrast, you pay just as much as an entry-level 8K television.”

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