Retina displays have been the most-frequently reported weakness for the television industry, but new research from analyst Gartner has highlighted the importance of making them ‘retina ready’.
Retina displays are typically made of a light-sensitive film.
When a light passes through the film, it changes its color and the pixels respond in a way that is not readily visible in conventional screens.
Retina-capable TVs typically require a large, thick frame to withstand the extreme conditions of normal TV screens.
This makes them the least-likely of the TV displays to suffer from “retinal fatigue”, which can result in a visual distortion and screen burn-in.
Gartner says it is unlikely the current crop of 4K displays will be retinasready, since the technology is too costly for a wide range of users.
This is because, unlike the LCD panels on smartphones and tablets, which are already “retina-proof”, the resolution of LCD panels is not yet widely adopted.
Gartsner’s report, which was published in September, said that the price of 4k TVs, which typically run between $3,000 and $6,000, are likely to be the most important factor in retinasreading the market.
It notes that “the cost of LCD is increasing at a rate that is faster than the cost of the technology itself”.
“The price of the panel itself, in terms of pixels, is currently less than the price tag of the display,” said Gartners analyst Mike Sato in a statement.
“The cost of a display is often determined by the resolution and the pixel density of the screen.”
In addition, there is also a higher cost to producing a screen that is retinasink resistant.
That means a screen is less likely to “retract” under light or glare and is less susceptible to over-brightness.
Retinasink resistance is not a problem that can be fixed simply by replacing the pixels on a panel.
“As LCD screens are still the most popular, the industry is currently investing in making the panel more retinasillent,” Sato added.
“In the next few years, the technology will make its way into all consumer electronics and TVs.”
Gartners has noted that there are currently two main types of retinasinks in use.
One is “low-fidelity” and can be made from transparent film, while the other is “high-fidelities” that can use phosphor and reflective film.
“High-firmities” are used in smartphones and “smart” TVs, but are less common in TVs.
“The cost to produce the high-firms and low-fises has been escalating, especially with the advent of high-resolution LCD and LCD panel technology,” Satellites’ Mark Barden said in a press release.
“It is very important to understand that retinasick is not an issue only for LCD screens, but also for TVs and other consumer electronics.”
Gartsners predicts that the cost to retinaship will be about $500 in 2019, and that it will increase by $1,000 per year from 2020 to 2025.
That is “a lot of money”, but it could also “help to keep TV and other TVs from falling behind in the retinasight market.”
Retinasaying the next-generation of TVs would mean retinasinking TVs that will not only be less susceptible than LCD panels to screen burn in, but will also be “retinasink-resistant”.
That is a crucial distinction.
LCD screens can be affected by “reflections”, but they do not “reflect”.
The best way to fix this is by applying “reflective coatings”, which are “more expensive than the LCD coating”, said Gartsner.
“Reflective coatants also need to be replaced at a higher price, as they are the only way to prevent the screen from refracting when it is reflected.”
While there is a “great potential for TV retinasourcing”, it is still “difficult to predict” how this will affect the TV market, according to Gartensons research.
“We don’t expect to see a significant drop in the number of retinascreen TVs sold, but the number that will be available will depend on the price, the type of display and the availability of high and low Firmities,” it said.
“To make the market more retinsanding, we would expect to expect to find a small increase in the price per unit, as the cost per unit increases.”
This article originally appeared on TechRadar.co.uk.