SOUTH KOREA - Rivals Launch 8K TVs

Arno Froese

At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany, fierce South Korean rivals Samsung and LG showed off their latest TV offerings, sporting giant screen sizes and eye-popping colors.

Both companies unveiled 8K TVs, claiming 8K is the future of the TV market.

8K refers to the resolution of a TV display. It has four times as many pixels as 4K—twice the pixels horizontally and twice the pixels vertically—with the idea that this will make pictures clearer and sharper, particularly on larger screen sizes such as 65 inches and above.

Samsung took the wraps off its 8K QLED TV known as the Q900. Meanwhile, LG unveiled an 88-inch 8K OLED TV.

OLED or organic light emitting diode technology does not require a backlight. Instead, OLED pixels produce their own light, allowing each individual pixel to control its color. The theory is that this creates more contrasting colors.

Samsung and LG are going head to head with competing screen technology but with an 8K resolution.

[Counterpoint Research] estimates close to 250,000 8K TV panels will be shipped this year, rising to close to 7 million by 2022. And with this will come even bigger screen sizes, because 8K allows a clearer picture at a larger scale. LG’s TV, for example, is 88 inches. Counterpoint expects the average size of an 8K TV to be 65 inches, but plus-80-inch sets will be popular too., 30 August 2018

Arno's commentary

A home without a TV is virtually unthinkable in these days. Even in the remote areas of the world, digital media and electronic communication are well-entrenched. Larger screens, sharper picture, and virtually life-like images will apparently be the norm.

This, of course, reminds us of the image of the beast, as documented in Revelation 13. During those days, total peace for planet earth will have been achieved. The global economy is functioning fantastically, people are well-off with luxuries galore at their fingertips. But there are detractors, and those will be taken care of by the image of the beast. We read in Revelation 13:15: “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

Where are we now? It is our understanding that we are living at the end stages of the end times. People want to see, and as a result they will believe. Already in the third chapter of the Bible we read: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes…” (Genesis 3:6). That was the beginning of the fall of man. Thus, the last book of the Bible instructs the believer not to see, but rather, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy” (Revelation 1:3a). Nothing is said about seeing. Reading the Word is the key to real eternal survival.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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