4k certainly may flop, like 3D appears to be doing. Maybe HD was/is "Windows XP", 4k is/willbe "Vista" and 8k will be "Windows 7" lol
3D appears to be flopping for three reasons - the need for 3D TV receivers (and 3D Blu-ray players), the lack of 3D broadcasting by the major networks (reluctance to invest in 3D capable equipment), and the dearth of 3D movies of real value. The forthcoming general release of Avatar in 3D may buoy up the market for 3D receivers a bit. http://www.engadget....edition-retail/
Regarding 4K capability: I've been away from the broadcast industry for too many years, so I don't know whether the current ATSC broadcast system will handle 4K video. I'm guessing that the cost of upgrading equipment will dissuade both broadcasters and DVD producers from producing 4K content for years to come.
In the Yamaha family of AVR's, all the new models support 4K passthrough. The three lowest priced models don't perform upscaling, but all the others do.
Edited by Cholly, 05 October 2012 - 10:48 AM.
Added info on Yamaha AVR's
Family Room: Samsung UN60F7100 60" LED 3D TV; Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray DVD player; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVo Roamio Plus DVR, Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player.
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player