3D TV never really found an audience—it felt too gimmicky—but 4K sets are selling at a rapid rate; over 8 million 4K TVs to date, 1.4 million in the US.
4K offers four times the resolution of HD, as well as richer colors and blacker blacks thanks to included high dynamic range (HDR) technology. How are viewers getting their 4K? In many cases, they’re not. Broadcasters don’t yet offer 4K content over the air, and the selection on cable and satellite is limited. That leaves many homes relying on online sources for 4K.
But streaming providers run into another problem: Most US homes don’t have the bandwidth to stream 4K video. Although 15Mbps is considered the minimum speed at which to stream 4K, Netflix recommends 25Mbps. But according to the latest “State of the Internet” report from content delivery network Akamai, no state in the US has an average connection speed of 25Mbps; overall average speed is 15.3Mbps.
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