The main sticking point for the success of these television is applicable content. There is very little to be found from the usual sources. But Netflix (NFLX), and Disney/ESPN (DIS) as well as cable and satellite operators are investigating the bringing UHD programming to life by the end of this year. I wouldn't be surprised if Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, is the first major sporting event available in 4K/UHD quality.
At $1,500, these units are very reasonably priced, and you're still paying a premium over current 1080p TVs. But, unlike 3D TV, which never really caught on (how many times could you wear special eye glasses to see usually disappointing special effects), 4K-television actually improves the experience. And, from what I saw yesterday, consumers won't have a hard time seeing the value.
By the way, Seiki will introduce a 65-inch UHD model in the second half of this year. Pricing to-be-announced.
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.>To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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