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Jan. 3, 2019, 4:34 p.m.
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Content is limited for 4K.  Don't know why cable providers push 4K service when they only have a couple of channels in 4K.

One other good thing with 4K is viewing photos.  As with a 4K computer monitor, the photos really pop compared to FHD.

Jan. 4, 2019, 8:34 a.m.
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Posted by: switch

Content is limited for 4K. Don't know why cable providers push 4K service when they only have a couple of channels in 4K.

One other good thing with 4K is viewing photos. As with a 4K computer monitor, the photos really pop compared to FHD.

All of the major streaming services - Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, VUDU, Google Play, etc offer streaming in 4K UHD. It's an account upgrade for Netflix, Amazon offers it as standard. I watched the whole season of Grand Tour in 4K UHD HDR through my AP account and it definitely made a difference.  You can pretty much count Clarkson's wrinkles and nose hairs.

You'd be surprised at how many movie DVDs are now available in 4K UltraHD. Not the full catalog, but most new releases and a lot of the classic movies have been remastered to UltraHD DVD. I'm in the middle of re-watching the Matrix trilogy and have Blade Runner queued up next.  Planet Earth 2 in 4K is outstanding.

I held back moving to 4k for quite a while for the same reason, there wasn't much content. Also because it drives a change to most of my equipment - TV, receiver and DVD player all need to support 4K UHD HDR standard - but I bit the bullet last year when it became clear that the industry was moving well into the standard.

Watch for the 8k stuff to hit the ground next year ....


 Last edited by: KenN on Jan. 4, 2019, 8:36 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
Jan. 9, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
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Posted by: KenN

Posted by: switch

Content is limited for 4K. Don't know why cable providers push 4K service when they only have a couple of channels in 4K.

One other good thing with 4K is viewing photos. As with a 4K computer monitor, the photos really pop compared to FHD.

All of the major streaming services - Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, VUDU, Google Play, etc offer streaming in 4K UHD. It's an account upgrade for Netflix, Amazon offers it as standard. I watched the whole season of Grand Tour in 4K UHD HDR through my AP account and it definitely made a difference.  You can pretty much count Clarkson's wrinkles and nose hairs.

You'd be surprised at how many movie DVDs are now available in 4K UltraHD. Not the full catalog, but most new releases and a lot of the classic movies have been remastered to UltraHD DVD. I'm in the middle of re-watching the Matrix trilogy and have Blade Runner queued up next.  Planet Earth 2 in 4K is outstanding.

I held back moving to 4k for quite a while for the same reason, there wasn't much content. Also because it drives a change to most of my equipment - TV, receiver and DVD player all need to support 4K UHD HDR standard - but I bit the bullet last year when it became clear that the industry was moving well into the standard.

Watch for the 8k stuff to hit the ground next year ....

I haven't done any research since Netflix launched 4K streaming, but what bitrates are they using these days and how far has encoding/compression technology come? At the time of launch, Netflix 4K streaming bitrate was still way below what a 1080p Bluray used, like less than 20% if I recall (around 5mbit maybe?). I have a 170mbit fibre connection so fully capable of streaming high bandwidth 4K but I highly doubt the content providers are pushing 50+mbit streams because of the infrastructure requirements, and also whether the SOC chips on the TV/media box is capable of decoding that dense of content.

Curious what black/dark scenes look like in Netflix 4K, whether they are macro blocked to hell or not.

Jan. 11, 2019, 7:26 p.m.
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Bought it awhile ago online, patiently waiting.

Jan. 12, 2019, 5:13 p.m.
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end thread - 219" tv called The Wall. Donald Trump is impressed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBoMUwi8fO8

Jan. 31, 2019, 6:44 a.m.
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That The Wall TV is cool but very overprice.

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