Watching the Super Bowl – or any visual spectacular

On February 1, 2015, large chunks of the world’s population will stop all meaningful activity to watch the visual pomp and splendour of the Super Bowl – the NFL’s annual dotage on all things commercial and yes, there’s also supposed to be a football game, too. All the staff at East Hamilton Radio, (E.H.R.) would like you to be aware that the absolute best way to watch this 49th annual extravaganza would be on a brand new, state-of-the-art 4K television – if money was no object that is.

No, 4K has nothing to do with tax-deferred savings accounts. It’s all about the quality of the image presented. Higher than even Ultra High Definition (HD) 4K refers to a horizontal resolution of 3840 and a vertical resolution of 2160 (3840×2160). This is four times the resolution of 1080p (todays’ almost de facto position) for most televisions, which is 1920×1080. 4K is 4096×2160 and future resolutions, such as “8K,” or 7680x 4320 were unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Can you even see the difference? Possibly not. There’s only so much detail that the human eye can physically resolve. If you have 20/20 vision (fairly common), sit about 10 feet from your TV (also common); if you purchase or already own a better-quality true HD flat screen television that is typically 50-inches or bigger, chances are, you’re not going to see or benefit from the additional resolution. Where things change, is dependent upon your personal vision quality and the actual distance you will be from your television set. That and perhaps personal bragging rights.

With 4Kcameras and innovative tools and technology, the broadcasting network can show off – especially on replays. While this will be the third year 4K technology has been used for the Super Bowl, it is still broadcast in HD. 4K technology replays still play out in HD but the greater number of pixels in the 4K images allows producers to zoom into the action to show much greater detail – whether a player dropped or bobbled a ball as they “made” a touchdown This would not be possible with HD cameras.

Not to worry. Whether you have the latest and greatest television matters not; as long as you have everything set up by E.H.R. Consider East Hamilton Radio located at 1325 Barton Street East in Hamilton. Call (905) 549-3581.