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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SomeRandomIdiot, Jun 15, 2014.
Yup, they just stick a flash drive in.
Found an interesting piece on the topic of the current state of 4K UHD TV here:
It's pretty high level, but contains a few points to ponder for those folks shopping for 4K UHD devices at this time.
The AVSForum article by Scott Wilkinson is more comprehensive.
In the end, the conclusions are pretty much the same of any scholarly research: We're not there yet.
Yup, still too many variables. Industry standards need to be set. I think.
Pretty much...though HDCP v2.2 (p60) copy protection is set within HDMI 2...and more and more 4K UHD TVs are now supporting that standard. Some of the recent sets feature multiple ports with this format, while some of the earlier models may only have 1 such port.
Industry standards are pretty much set for UHD and even the new UHD players. HDR is still in a state of flux; although shows lots of promise. Since Scott wrote his article a few weeks ago, Amazon has made available an original series "Mozart in the Jungle" in HDR. Netflix and Amazon both plan to use HDR in original programming starting next year. They have used UHD for original programming the last year. Between the two of them, I'm sure there is over a 100 hours of UHD programming currently available.
Bought my first UHD display (Samsung F9000) around 18 months ago. They make a new one connect box (OCB) available annually that upgrades connections and features. The current box SEK-3500 gives the F9000 the ability to receive input from the UHD players to be released later this year and also basic HDR. Annual upgrades on the OCB keep the Samsung current in everything but actual panel capabilities.
Bought a Samsung JS9500 a couple months ago that is a significant upgrade from the F9000. It is the only fully capable UHD HDR set currently sold. Video is amazing. Actually, HDR probably has more impact than UHD.
The UHD threads on AVS are filled with pleased owners.
I'd much rather see posts that list the pros and cons of the TV models. I realize that it's nice for people to be happy with their purchases, but I'd really like to see those cons right up there with their positive opinions. So far, I've seen one, Drew2K posted in that manner as soon as he got settled in with his Sammy 4K. I think that post is somewhere in this thread.
This board is filled with posts complaining about TV providers and their equipment. There have to be more people that can see things that are just wrong with the present crop of 4K sets. Just because someone pays a lot for something doesn't make it the best thing they've ever bought, but that seems to be the trend on this thread.
Agree. If folks think a particular 4k display looks better than a 2k display at normal viewing distances, it's likely due to improvements in color, contrast and brightness, not increased resolution.
I paid substantially more for my JS9000 set than I ever paid before. I certainly understand your suspicion that my appreciation of the seemingly great picture results from a need to justify my investment. When I can find some bad thing, I'll be sure to report back. Looking, looking, ...
I didn't have you in mind, I appreciated the comparison between the same plasma I have and the 4K. That's another thing I look for.
It could be any real downside to the ones that have all the tech specs to get 4k won't show their differences between each other till we see a lot of 4k programming to start comparing them that way. Or at least the differences stand out more.
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Just (literally!) brought home a JS8500, possibly as a transitional purchase until HDR and other standards are concretized over the next year or two. Particularly looking forward to viewing Netflix, Amazon and YouTube 4k offerings as well as possibly participating in a 4k-tier beta testing program for CuriosityStream. Also intend to upgrade my HR 24 to an HR 54 when available, while hoping the JS8500 proves compatible with any downstream DirecTV 4k linear programming (while noting in a few weeks some UK residents will enjoy access to a dedicated 4k channel, “BT Sport Ultra HD.”)
I had intended to buy a 4k computer system before acquiring a TV but in March was told by a CSR at a boutique manufacturer three 980 video cards (at that time Nvidia’s top-of-the-line product) would be required for 4k gaming. Thus, these items themselves would cost more than the JS8500, at least the 48” model now situated in my small “man cave.”
I also just jumped into 4K. I purchased a 55" Samsung JS9000. I will say that the limited shows on Netflix that are in 4K look amazing, looks just like the tv's on display at Best Buy. Blu-ray disks do look slightly better than they did on my 8 year old plasma. Probably due to the 4K upscaling, but not sure, I just know the image is more crisp. As far as watching Directv it basically looks exactly the same as it did on my 1080P plasma. I'm very happy with my purchase but my conclusion is that you have to feed the tv a full 1080P signal before you will notice much difference.
For those still nervous about 4K standards don't worry, as long as you buy a tv with HDMI 2.0 ports that is HDCP 2.2 compatible you are good to go. It has already been said that's what UHD Blu-ray players will be using when they hit the shelves hopefully by Christmas but early 2016 at the latest.
DirecTV has introduced the HR54 4K Genie and the C61K 4K client. Interestingly, the C61K outputs 4K over HDMI, but the HR54 doesn't. So no matter how you receive 4K, you need two receivers. I currently have an HR44 and an RVU tv setup. The RVU tv counts as a second receiver. The RVU tv operation is so slow as to be almost worthless. So I guess I'll get a C61K and feed my tv with HDMI.
All of this is moot until DirectATT :sure: finally provides 4K programming. Thank goodness for M-GO, Netflix, and Ultraflix.
The HR54 is not 4K in any manner. The HR44 can do 4K same as its siblings the HR34/44, through RVU.
The hr54 is just a streamline hr44, its not a hr54 4k unit any more than the hr44 is right now.
I don't think that is entirely true. The HR54 includes the hardware to support 4k satellite broadcast to the C61. It can be a multi purpose "Genie" for both 4k and 1080 customers with the same box without the expense of 4k HDMI support. It's a very logical way to support 4k as it slowly becomes available, especially since the RVU model doesn't seem to be working very well with all of the different brand issues.