Is getting the 4K upgrade worth it?

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  1. Jan 18, 2019 #41 of 151
    rccoleman

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    Agreed. If they just added HBO @ 4K, I'd pull the trigger. It all starts with the content providers, though. This claims that HBO is still a holdout for 4K, and they're all streaming options aside from the odd live demo channel.
     
  2. Jan 18, 2019 #42 of 151
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    Tell you a interesting story since you bring up the time line. Because I do not think you realize how long ago it was when the first HD channels appeared.

    Back in about 1996 I had a Sony XBR 1080P 4:3 CRT TV and It had a fantastic picture. It beat the pants off of even the Plasmas for a long time but the 4:3 ratio and it's 300lb weight killed it.

    Back then about 1996 I was watching NBC 1080P Feeds at about 25MB/s bit rate and many of the shows being broadcast were being filmed and distributed in 1080P, not just sporting events.


    I had a recording unit that I bought that could barely keep up with the data rate but it was able to record some of the programming to a hard drive without corrupting the files. BTW I still have some of the recordings and they are as good as any 4K content you can find on Amazon or YouTube. The colors and depth are beyond a lot of 1080P BluRays. At the time I think there was at least 4-5 1080P free to air channels on C-Band and that number expanded when Motorola introduced the HD-200 HD box that complemented the Motorola 922 C-Band receiver. So commercial content was in the works at least 10 years before it became widely available and a good 5 years before Directv even released it's first HD channel we already had about a 15 or so 1080P channels on C-Band using Digicipher II about three that were FTA and others that used other encryption systems.

    The point is that today we do not even see the start of networks creating major content in 4K. We see some small attempts but you would need an NBC or HBO to start a 4K back end feed and then more of channels getting on board doing the testing etc for several years before it will be ready for the consumer market. Even then we have no idea if there are enough providers that are willing to upgrade their platform back ends and produce consumer equipment to make this possible. The extra added dilemma is that millennial's are not even all that much into watching TV.
     
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  3. Jan 18, 2019 #43 of 151
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    Make it three. I posted soon after I got the 4K upgrade I can't tell a difference on the 4K from the 1080 stuff. My TV upscales everything to 4K and I seriously do not see a difference from the upscaled 1080 to the actual 4K. My wife has a 4K TV that also upscales everything and she has an HR24 and everything looks as good on it as the 4K I get through the C61K. I haven't watched anything on 104 for a few months because it is the same old skiing or surfing content they play over and over and over. And I'll be damned if I am renting a 4K movie from D* for $11.99. And the sports on 106 has no better PQ than watching it on an HD channel.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2019 #44 of 151
    mjwagner

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    LOL...I don’t know why anyone would rent a 4k movie from DirecTV for $11.99...or $10.99 which is what I heard it used to be.
     
  5. Jan 19, 2019 #45 of 151
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    The 4K upgrade is definitely worth it ! Even just for Channel 104, I love that channel. I don't get why some here are so critical of it. Yes, they repeat many shows but they are all well produced, have interesting content, and it's all commercial-free 24 hours a day. And the live events on Ch. 106 are growing, this month so far we're up to 14. So yes, no regrets on this end.
     
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  6. Jan 19, 2019 #46 of 151
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    That's really hard for me to believe that you don't see any difference but I guess everyone's eyes are different. Do you have the 4k resolution box checked? Also the size of the tv makes a difference. It's not as noticeable on a tv smaller than 65 inches. I see huge difference between watching an NBA game on NBA tv and on the 4k channel on my 77 inch tv. College football in 4k is great as well. HD looks super blurry while 4k looks so sharp. And a few years ago the Summer Olympics in 4k was the most amazing thing I've ever seen on live tv. Nothing has been able to beat the Summer Olympics' picture quality because it was actually recorded in 8k and downconverted to 4k. And personally I like the programming on 104. I do wish they would add more content but to me it's like having a random demo channel (similar to the content they play at Best Buy on 4K tv's.)
     
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  7. Jan 19, 2019 #47 of 151
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    ☝☝ What He said.
     
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  8. Jan 19, 2019 #48 of 151
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    Giada in 4k is enough to make it worth it for me lol.
     
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  9. Jan 19, 2019 #49 of 151
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    Are you kidding me. You need to get your vision check or a new tv. The difference is unbelievable. When watching sports on 106 on my 82 inch Sammy I swear I am sitting in the stands.
     
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  10. Jan 19, 2019 #50 of 151
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    But I think Ch. 104 is far superior to any demo channel at Best Buy. Ch. 104's library is quite large, with a good variety of formats. From big-name concerts to world travel to HGTV-type shows to special interest documentaries of all types. The 4K HDR Rolling Stones Concert in Cuba was one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile. And the crocodile farm in Cuba documentary was mesmerizing !

    Just tonight they're premiering the BBC wildlife series "Dynasties" which looks great in the previews !
     
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  11. Jan 19, 2019 #51 of 151
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    While not that great The picture is def a lot better than watching HD
     
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    What was he doing for 9 hours??
     
  13. Jan 19, 2019 #53 of 151
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    I never search for 4K content and rarely look at what the res is. But I do see some programs that look so good I have to check and they're almost always 4K. There's not a whole lot of difference but it's there. Nobody ever said the difference between 1080p upscaled and 4K was gonna be like SD to HD. That was a real step up in PQ. Simply put, the difference is so small most of the time it doesn't matter. These sets upscale so well...can you imagine what it would have been like to go from SD to 4K?

    I wanted a UHD disc player when they came out. I never bought one. And the way it looks, I'll never bother with discs again.

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  14. Jan 19, 2019 #54 of 151
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    I rented Australia from D* and Australia (both 1080p) from a video store just to see if I could see much difference. Only time I've ever used that option from D*. Didn't see much difference, if any. I'd like to put a UHD disc against a 4K iTunes movie and see how much difference there is but that's not gonna happen unless NF decides to rent UHD discs and I don't see that happening.

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  15. Jan 19, 2019 #55 of 151
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    You still have video stores? :D
     
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  16. Jan 19, 2019 #56 of 151
    Rich

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    I did that when Australia came out on BD. The movie came out in 2008, probably rented it in 2009. We have no video stores, do you? Does anyone? I don't even remember seeing Red Boxes anywhere. Kinda sad when you think about it. Kinda sad when I think about how much I spent on BD players and DVDs and BDs.

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  17. Jan 19, 2019 #57 of 151
    TheRatPatrol

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    Oh I thought meant recently...........:)

    I don’t know of any video stores left around here.
     
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  18. Jan 19, 2019 #58 of 151
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    I was at CES in Vegas last week and saw the LG 8K. Lets just skip 4K and go directly to 8K.
     
  19. Jan 19, 2019 #59 of 151
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    Pricing?

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  20. Jan 19, 2019 #60 of 151
    slice1900

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    Sky high no doubt, since the prices of a newly introduced technology are always sky high at first.
     

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