4K TVs are everywhere in stores. But is it worth buying one at this time?

  • Hollywood movie trailers are still produced in 1080p, including for high profile movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Music Videos are still produced in 1080p, including high profile videos like the latest Taylor Swift music video
  • Majority of YouTube content is still in 1080p, including from famous YouTubers like PewDiePie
  • All TV shows are broadcast in 1080p
  • HBO and Hulu are in 1080p
  • Most Blue Ray players people own are in the form of Xbox One, PS3/PS4/PS4 Pro. None support 4K
  • Even the PS4 Pro, which claims to support 4K video games, only does so by checkerboard rendering and not native 4K

The only 4K content you can enjoy currently is:

  • Netflix's own shows, which are are in 4K.
  • Few YouTubers, like Marques Brownlee, who upload their content in 4k.
  • For video games, Nvidia's GTX 1080TI is the only card that can play 4K games at 60fps. Anything below, even the GTX 1080 chokes at 4k, running at only 30 fps max.
  • If you have a 4k computer monitor, then you can get essentially 'retina display' on your desktop.

All of the above applies to HDR too.

This is not the year to buy a 4K TV. Almost all content is still produced in 1080p. Seeing it on a 4K TV will only make it look blurrier.

However, the situation should change by same time next year, and 4K TV prices should be even lower by then. You are doing yourself no good by buying a 4K TV this year.