According to Strategy Analytics, 10 million households are expected to have Ultra High Definition Televisions by 2016.
A variety of factors are preventing the widespread adoption of the new super high resolution technology, including transmissions speeds, new electrode materials, and speedy processors. The cost of a new Ultra HDTV — reaching upwards of $31,000 — will likely be the primary reason for slow sales. However, Jia Wu, director of Strategy Analytics connected home devices service said, “TV manufacturers are expected to make significant production investments in the medium term, and we anticipate UHD TV prices will fall to the sub-$2,000 range within the next five years […] once retail prices hit this sweet spot, sales in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, China and other markets will quickly take off.”
The research firm also estimates more than 130 million homes will have Ultra HD TV’s by 2020. That’s a lot of pixels.
“TV manufacturers will drive UHD TV adoption in the early years, and the growing installed base of UHD-ready displays will eventually encourage content and service providers to deliver UHD-quality sports, movies and TV shows to premium pay-TV subscribers,” said David Mercer, VP and principal analyst at Strategy Analytics.
Mercer also added, “Internet-sourced UHD video is also a possibility but could raise significant challenges in broadband bandwidth and download limits.” (See Ultra HDTV Requirements).
We’re looking forward to a very high resolution future, we’ll be reporting the latest next week at CES in Las Vegas.