The Bigger Picture Quick stats: A DVD has about 345,600 pixels per frame. Blu-ray? 2.1 million. 4K? A whopping 8.8 million.Alison Seiffer
Since the first high-definition televisions came out in 1998, consumers have heard the same tired sales pitch: “It’s like having a movie theater in your living room!” Actually, no. An HD image does have nearly the same resolution as one projected in a theater. But when viewed on a large screen in a tight living room, the image's quality degrades markedly. 4K, a resolution standard just beginning to reach consumer markets, promises to make possible the dream of any serious film fan—vast, perfectly crisp movies at home.