Friday, December 12, 2014

So, ya think #MyPetLovesLG4KTV ?

This post is sponsored by LG 4K TV and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to share the funny cat and dog video and this awesome giveaway, but A Tonk's Tail only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. LG is not responsible for the content of this article. 

I hereby proclaim today as Festivus Friday. And I have a grievance to air.
Seriouslies. Have you looked outside lately? Our BirdTV reception’s awful. No color whatsoever.
Dramatic Reenactment.
Maxwell: Dood. That’s because it’s almost winter outside.
Faraday: Please. I’m on a roll, here, Maxie. And SquirlTV? Totally sub-par.
Maxwell: Dood.

Faraday: Not now, Maxie! I’ve asked Mommy to tune the signal in better, but talk about poor customer service. She says there’s a backlog and nature won’t be able to get to my complaint until around March or April. I say we cancel our subscription and switch providers.

Maxwell: Dood.
Faraday: And don’t try selling me on Nat Geo again, Maxie. You just want momma to turn on the TV so you can swoon over your girlfriend, Abby.

Maxwell: Dood. Momma has a solution. And don’t you be dissing Abby, or I might hafta hurt you a little bit.
Faraday: Well, why didn’t you say so, Maxie? Seriouslies, speak up once in a while whydontcha.

Whether it's NCIS or Nat Geo Wild, both boys have a real affinity for our TVs (especially in the winter when the cable box is nice and warm). And if Allie sees a cat on the big screen, look out. All bets are off!

So that's nice and all, but what I'll bet you're really wondering is,
"why is a nice pet blog like this doing an LG sponsored post?"

Blame it on the day job. Okay, and because the chance to win a 40-inch LG 4K TV is pretty cool. (And it's a BlogPaws exclusive event, too.)

This post comes from a slightly different perspective than others you may read since it's related to what I do every day, and I hope it might actually be helpful - especially if you find yourself in the market for a TV in the coming years.

First: what exactly is 4K?
That's just a fancy way of saying that the image is a lot bigger than any current high definition image shown on cable or broadcast TV. If you have a 40-inch HD TV now, your picture will have twice the resolution on an LG 4K TV.And 4 times the pixels.

You might be thinking, hey, it wasn't that long ago that we flipped the switch to High Definition, back in June of '09.

It took us over 50 years to go from standard definition to high def. And now there's a new format? In under 5 years? Yep.

Holy Moley! And we used to watch Standard Def (green) and enjoy it?
Blue is HD. Pink is 4K.

If you're wondering that it might be too early to go 4K, here are a few stats that might surprise you:
  • Your favorite shows are shot in 4K and have been for some time. The first time I used a 4K camera in a production was over a year and a half ago!
  • Some shows on Netflix - and soon Amazon - already can be viewed in 4K. You can watch House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and even a few movies - provided your internet connection is fast enough to keep up.
    (Why does an internet connection matter? Because a 4K streaming file is four times the size of HD!)
  • Possibly the most compelling argument: there are now over 20 smartphones that shoot 4K video.
  • And...YouTube now supports 4K too. You can upload and view anything you shoot!

With prices dropping on cameras (you can get one that'll shoot 4K for under $400) - and now with smartphones starting to integrate 4K cameras, too, well...

If you're in the market for a new TV, you might as well make it one with 4K (also called UHD) resolution. That's the wave of the future. Honest.

But hey, this is a pet blog, so let's get back to the important stuff:

Just think of the amazingly awesome and seriously realistic BirdTV you'll be able to capture for your favorite felines in 4K. I think Faraday just might even let me out of the doghouse before spring, if I were to buy him one.

... though it does kinda bring new meaning to the term "larger than life"....

Are your furry family members fascinated by TV?
Just think of how they'd react to 4K.
No, wait. See for yourself: 

How would you like a chance to find out how your pet sees 4K TV - absolutely free?

One Amazing Giveaway is giving away a 40-inch LED 4K Smart TV to one lucky reader! The giveaway is open until 11:59 PM on 12/22, and you must be 18 or over and a U.S. resident to enter.

All you have to do is submit your name and contact information below.  Okay, and maybe answer a question about the video you just watched (for a few more chances to win!).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for your patience as I let my profession (and one of my passions) preempt this morning's post. Check back around noon -  we'll have a 'normal' post for you, too!

Lorikeet Photo: Iggy1600 via Creative Commons.


  1. What an amazing contest! And thanks for explaining the 4K part to us.

    1. We hope it helped you! We tried to keep our mom from geeking out TOO much on ys! MOL!

  2. What a fun post and tremendous giveaway. Truffles totally agrees that the reception around here is pretty crappy too!

    1. SERIOUSLIES! And the Customer Service? APRIL?!?!? For REALZ??? Hmpf. ~ Faraday

  3. Would love to see one of those 4K TVs in person. I'd also would love for my little furbaby to see it when the big cats are on. She'd be running and hiding, not chirping to them.

    1. For the BIG cats? Uh, yeah, we would too. Big BIRDS too!

  4. We have entered. This is really cool!

    1. We think so too! And a BlogPaws exclusive? SWEEEET!

  5. Replies
    1. WORD. What Aunt Connie sez. You should ALWAYS listen to Aunt Connie. ~ Faraday

  6. Wow good luck to all. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Oh yeah! We definitely hope to win this swell TV.....we have some LG appliances that are fab so I'm sure they do a dy-no-mite job with a TV. We are so OLD FASHIONED here that we have ZERO flat screens - in fact our "main" TV in the family room is in a CABINET!!! Can you imagine??? Talk about old tech - that's us! Loved the video too...........adorables.

    Hugs, Sammy

    1. Wasn't it CUTE? We want one of these soooooo bad!!

  8. Not much chance to win this one, but it sure would be awesome! Love the video!

  9. Too. Much. Information. Wth all that new technology, I’m ashamed that we don’t have a smart phone or ipawd that takes photos and one of our tv’s—the one that’s not LG—is an old box tv with a flat screen. I’d LOVE to win this LG. You sure 4K isn’t the price of the tv?

    1. Aww, CK, it's not that hard to unnerstand. We know Pops can 'splain it to ya. Just remember: bigger is ALWAYS better. ~ Faraday

  10. guys....sorree..... but we leeved de room when we seed de 98 foot tall BURD....

    heerz two a halibut herring N haddock kinda week oh end ♥

    oh, N best fishes two everee one, thiz bee a rockin give a way !!

  11. Dood. I like watching Abby too. You like totally stole that photo from Yellowstone didn't you?

    1. *cocks head sideways* Yeah, kinda looks that way, huh. We'll hafta look back at our depositphotos account to see! MOL!

  12. What an amazing giveaway ! Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

  13. I love Festivus- get the pole out.

  14. We are about to have to buy a new television so winning this one would be amazing! I can't imagine that 4K resolutions is almost 4 times that of full HD! Wow!!

  15. That is very impressive. We're tossing our name in for the drawing too. You would have to be nuts not to want that TV. Simply amazing.

  16. This looks like the most cool TV. We know we'd be watching lots more TV if we had one of these. Loved the dog licking the screen. Too, too adorable. Ho, ho, ho, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  17. We would SOOOOOO love to win this! We might even share it with Glogirly & Gloman.
    ~K & W

  18. That video was ok. The parrot was funny.

  19. The video was ok. The parrot was really funny.

    EK likes to watch football. I bet the Superbowl will be pawsome on this tv!

  20. Hi Maxwell, Faraday and Allie!
    You have such a fun blog. It's great to finally get a chance to come and visit. This new LG 4K TV would be perfect for Mommy to watch ALL my videos on. She's a Pixel video watching freak, um, I mean, fanatic, well...aficionado. Yeah.
    One of the things Mommy Jenny loves about the new technology of the 4K is the greater number of pixels per square inch, making everything on the screen all the more crisp and clear, with sharper color, richer blacks and finer details. I was named specifically after the Pixels that make up images since Mommy is a photographer and digital media specialist, so this TV is super cool to us!
    Here's to a cool TV and to a cool new friendship with you!
    Merry Christmas, come visit some time!
    Pixel Blue Eyes

  21. I am always fascinated by your exquisite photos of Faraday, Maxwell, And Ally. Their antics always make me chuckle! I would love to win this TV.


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