You would think a 4K TV would be able to play all 4K videos, but sadly it's not as simple as that. Sky has warned that some sets won't be able to handle sports broadcasts in the future.
That's because sports is best transmitted at a frame rate higher than 25fps, which is the maximum some older 4K TVs can handle.
"If you bought a set in 2013 and early 2014, then sorry, it won't do sport," Chris Jones, Sky's chief engineer of broadcast strategy, told a conference in London.
"It'll only go up to 25 frames per second. If you bought a set last year, even a set in the sales this summer, this spring, then I'm sorry – it won't do High Dynamic Range, which gives you better, brighter pictures."
He added that sports broadcasts are best transmitted at around 100 frames per second, because of how fast-paced they are. This requires huge processing power at 4K resolution.
Films, however, are fine at the standard 25fps.
All of which is a bit of a pain if you've shelled out hundreds for a new TV. There's still no standard for 4K broadcasting, so hiccups like this are bound to happen.
The lesson? It pays to think twice before becoming an early adopter.
Source: IB Times