According to recent research, more and more households are getting together as a family to watch TV. Although there might be the occasional distraction from smartphones and tablets, the traditional living room is making a comeback.
One reason for this is the range of content now being created by production companies, with high-grade television shows gaining praise from critics and consumers who often prefer a dramatic series to a night at the movies.
However, it is also down to recent technological advances that have made the viewing experience a hugely enjoyable and enthralling event. Some of the most exciting developments include the SMART range of Samsung televisions and an increasing interest in ultra-high definition 4K screen resolutions.
With the ability to connect to the Internet and stream on-demand online content, Smart TVs are heralded as the future of home entertainment. It seems like only a matter of time before these highly advanced, interactive sets become permanent features in the majority of households.
Along with other names pioneering Smart TV technology, such as LG and Sony, Samsung has now developed and released a range of sets that deliver boundless online content in addition to a number of clever and useful apps.
Samsung’s Smart Hub also has access to up-and-coming streaming service KnowHow and niche film-finder Curzon On Demand, in addition to established movie libraries like Lovefilm, Netflix and PictureBox.
Popular web-born services including YouTube and Spotify can also be found, while fitness apps and fun games provide entertainment for the whole family. The top of the range model even includes voice and gesture control for a truly unique experience.
4K ultra-high definition
The fast-moving world of technology was once again evident at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES). Last year’s ground-breaking OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs were eclipsed, as the 2013 event concentrated on 4K LCD televisions.
While the high production price of large OLED displays is the biggest obstacle for its widespread adoption, analysts are now predicting that 4K ultra-high definition screens will ultimately win the television war.
Referred to as 4K because the horizontal resolution of such screens is about 4,000 pixels in width, these latest LCD displays offer four times the resolution of the current 1080p HD standard.
Even though fitting this amount of pixels into a small screen means prices will stay on the expensive side for some time, the technology could allow one television to run simultaneous broadcasts at the same time without a drop in quality.
So with TVs now doing the job of DVD players, recorders and computers to boot, it will be interesting to see what subsequent years will bring. All eyes on the 2014 CES show, to see what the ambitious and far-reaching TV market comes up with next…