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4K TV – Is it worth it? Three times when it might be for you.

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Ben Hobbs from Phuket’s H3-Digital.com knows his smart homes and home theatres. Here’s his thoughts about 4K TV…

First off – 4K TV, what is it? 4K refers to the horizontal resolution of around 4,000 pixels – Mostly 3840 x 2160 pixels (dots on the screen) of a TV picture. More pixels means more detail and a sharper image, think of a retina display from Apple and how the most recent phones and iPads have much clearer screens.

DVD’s and the first widescreen TV’s had a resolution of 720 x 480. High Definition was either 720p (1280×720) in the early days and then 1080p (1920×1080). A 4K TV will have four time as many total pixels as a 1080p HD TV, so four times as much detail.

So when is it worth considering upgrading to a 4K TV?

REASON #1: When you have access to 4K Content

With a Netflix or Amazon Prime account you can stream and If you have a Kodi media centre or AppleTV 4K you can also download in 4K format. Just make sure that your internet connection is up to it if you are streaming (Netflix recommend a Strong 25mbps line).

Be aware that Apple, Netflix and Amazon may have limited release content in Thailand, so you may have to use a foreign account (and maybe VPN) to access 4K content.

BluRay’s are also available in 4K, These are labelled Ultra-HD. You will need an Ultra-HD Player and Ultra-HD BluRay movie disk. BluRay disks are sometimes region locked although many are region free – it’s worth checking when you are purchasing. Ultra-HD BluRay will offer a marginally better viewing experience because they don’t need to take into account the data limits of streaming.

Don’t be fooled by manufacturers promising upscaling to 4K, where it is suggested that 1080p content looks better on a 4K TV, it wont look noticeably better, no extra detail is being created by these upscaling systems.

REASON #2: When you have (or want) a BIG TV

Or want to sit closer. The increase in detail and sharpness means that you can buy a bigger TV for your viewing distance, or sit closer, comfortably.

The more of an image that fills our field of view, the more you are drawn into the scenes unfolding before you. With a 4K TV the optimal distance for viewing is twice as close than with HD (1080p).

Since 4K TVs have such a large density of pixels you can pick out detail much better so it’s suited to much larger screen sizes or sitting in closer proximity. This will allow you to see the actual difference in quality.

Many people say that watching 4K TV is similar to looking through a window, it’s a much more detailed, realistic image but only when the image is large enough for your eyes to be able to make out the extra detail.

In summary; Don’t buy a 32″ 4K TV and expect the picture to be discernably better, I’d recommend at least a 55″ and feel more comfortable sitting closer than you previously did.

REASON #3: When you’re a Cinemaphile

If you are someone who appreciates the art of cinematography and really enjoys the viewing experience then 4K should be your main watching experience. It’s simply the best way to watch movies and TV. You will love the sheer new level of detail available – the tiny grey specks in the beard, the flecks of dust thrown up in a sandstorm, the detailed structure of a dilating iris.

It’s all there, no blur – you can go back, watch films and pick out fine elements that you’d simply never been able to see before.
Even if you just like the finer things in life, you will enjoy watching things in 4K over standard HD. It’s a better experience and increases exponentially with screen size.

And what about those huge curved TV screens? We’ll leave that to another day.

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Ben Hobbs is the Managing Director of H3 Digital of Cherngtalay. They make your home smart with all the latest technology to make your life more simple and enjoyable. Also experts in sound systems and home theatre.

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BTS match long-standing Beatles’ record and reach the Top 6 in 26 countries with new album

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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South Korean band BTS is making waves across music charts around the world. Their new album ‘Map of the Soul – Persona’ has matched a long-standing Beatles record of having three number one albums on the US Billboard chart in one year. The all-male band comprises RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, all aged between 22 and 27 years old. They debuted in 2013 amid the highly competitive K-Pop industry but have been able to break free and become international superstars selling out stadiums around the world, singing mostly in Korean.

BTS visited Bangkok in at the start of April filling the Rajamangala Stadium for two nights, the only band that has ever achieved two sell-out concerts in the massive sports stadium.

At the same time the seven-member band has reached the number one position in the Billboard Top 100 Artists and their candy-coated new single ‘Boy With Luv‘, with US singer Halsey, has debuted at #8 (this week) in the Billboard Top 100 with most music pundits predicting it will hit the number one spot in the next few weeks. The single is in the Top 30 of 35 world music charts this week.

In the 24 hours following the single’s release, ‘Boy With Luv’ broke the YouTube record for the most views in 24 hours, beating out fellow South Korean K-Pop band BlackPink. ‘Boy With Luv’ was viewed 74 million times in 24 hours!

The band has been flipping between the US and Asia actively promoting their new album and single which was released on April 12, including their much-discussed live performance on Saturday Night Live. Accused of being just another music ‘fad’ BTS continue to break music records and break down stereotypes in the ‘white-washed’ world music industry.

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K-Pop dominating YouTube records – BTS and Blackpink

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Last week’s Blackpink single-day YouTube viewing record has been beaten by fellow K-Pop supremos BTS notching up 78 million views for their “Boy With Luv” music video within its first 24 hours of hitting the video site. (Three days later it’s on 129 million with 7.8 million ‘likes’ and still going…)

K-pop rival Blackpink managed 56.7 million for “Kill This Love” just beating out Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” with 55.4 million. Just behind was another BTS song “Idol” which had 45.9 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.

The new record of 78 million clicks in just one day will be a high bar to jump over as musicians around the world ponder the K-Pop phenomenon and, in particular, the global popularity of BTS – who sing mostly in Korean.

The new BTS video also racked up 2 million comments over that initial 24 hours period.

The Korean septet of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope Jimin, V and Jungkook performed live on Saturday Night Live to broad acclaim, including all their sharp dance moves whilst singing totally live with a live band backing them (along with a few mic problems) – a rarity in modern music performance.

The new Boy With Luv music video, a collaboration with Halsey, is an ode to the golden era of cinema with references to the movie ‘Singing in the Rain’.

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BTS smashes YouTube records with ‘Boy With Luv’ music video

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A YouTube record has been surpassed. No… SMASHED.

Korean pop kings BTS’ video for their 2018 “Fake Love” received 35.9 million views in its first 24 hours, making it the biggest 24 hour debut of 2018 and the third biggest 24 hour debut of all time.

But that’s nothing compared to the impact of the new BTS release, a collaboration with American singer Halsey. “Boy with Luv” has amassed nearly 60 million views in its first 12 hours on its way to ??? by the end of the first 24 hours. Over 100 million?

And the song is mostly in Korean language, not English, so the worldwide popularity of the video has record industry executives choking on their double lattes this morning.

The video clip is a lush, highly stylised retro world of American diners and cinema frontages, paying homage to 50s Hollywood musicals. In their first major comeback for 2019 the South Korean septet have stuck to their formula of vibrant international pop with every member taking the spotlight at some stage during the video.

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BTS now occupies 3 slots on the top 10 all time 24 hour debut list, with their 2017 video for “DNA” in the top ten as well with 22.3 million views (it’s now at 695 million).

The “Boys With Luv” video exploded on YouTube immediately after its release, receiving over 4.8 million views in its first hour.

BTS also hold the second and third slot for the most “likes” in a single day, with their videos ‘DNA’ (#2 with 2.3 million) and ‘MicDrop, Steve Aoki Remix’ (#3 with 2.3 million).

Although the song is officially titled as a collaboration with Halsey, YouTubers are wondering where she is most of the video by her vocals can be heard throughout the choruses. She has also been credited as one of the writing team (along with Hitman Bang, RM and Jungkook) in the credits under her real name ‘Ashley Frangipane

“Boy With Luv” is the first single in the long-awaited new album from BTS “Map of the Soul – Persona”.

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