With Netflix now streaming in 4K and Amazon releasing their original series in it, along with a plethora of UHD monitors finding their market, it looks as though 4K adoption is steadily on the incline. Maybe another indication of this is that a very unlikely contender in the 4K TV market has made themselves known. In a departure from their expertise in film and instant photography, Polaroid announced their very own UHD TV, which is one of the most inexpensive sets yet and is large enough to appeal to most consumers. Continue on for more info.
The TVs may actually be "Polaroid TVs" in name only. According to Polaroid's announcement, a U.S. company called Empire Electronics has licensed the Polaroid brand and will be the manufacturer.
That aside, Polaroid will be debuting two "contemporary, modern" looking LED TV models at this year's CES (Consumer Electronics Show): the first being their 1080p 50-inch set ($600), which has a built-in Roku Streaming Stick that allows users to stream movies, shows, music, and games. The second, and surely the most anticipated is their 50-inch 4K TV. It comes with three HDMI ports and will cost $1,000. Also, there are plans in the works to include screens ranging from 32" to 69".
Though "inexpensive" is a relative term, the price for their 4K TV is a third (if not more) of the cost of others like it, unless you're talking about the 50-inch Seiki 4K set that retails as low as $700. As more of these TVs hit the market, the price for UHD sets is sure to continue to drop, which means that watching UHD at home is all the more closer to becoming the norm. That's great news for those of us who shoot 4K and want our audiences to be able to enjoy all of that ultra-HD splendor.
What do you think? Will Polaroid's 4K TV win you over with its low price, or are you still holding out? Let us know in the comments.
[via The Verge]