New 4k channels?

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  1. morpheus305

    morpheus305 Cool Member

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    Are any new 4k channels coming any time soon? It would be nice to have 4K HBO before Game of Thrones final season airs.
     
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  3. horace clark

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    My prediction is YES4K will be announced February/March 2019. Followed by HBO 4K April 2019. ESPN 4K summer 2019. So yes game of thrones will be in 4K.
     
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  4. P Smith

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    Watch Gary Toma's thread here and at edge cutters forum, you will see test channels with good tips in names and notes...
     
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  5. slice1900

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    Is this based on anything or just wishful thinking?

    So far I haven't seen anything indicating that ESPN is even working on towards 4K, what with their cost cutting and layoffs, etc. Fox has been doing 4K sports broadcasts for a while now, I would bet on seeing FS1 in 4K before we see ESPN in 4K. As far as YES, unless you have some insider information it seems unlikely an RSN will be first with a full time 4K channel.

    To the original question, there is no public information ANYWHERE about full time 4K channels coming. Maybe horace has some inside information, but if he doesn't I don't think we can be sure we will see any 4K channels next year. You would think that if one is coming that HBO or whoever would want that to be known. Why would they keep it a secret and until it launches?
     
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  6. slice1900

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    Which is completely useless information, because there haven't been any 4K channels in test.
     
  7. morpheus305

    morpheus305 Cool Member

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    4K YES would be amazing. I really hope HBO does come out with a 4K channel before Games of Thrones releases.
     
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  8. yosoyellobo

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    I don’t understand why their hasn’t been a greater push from customers for 4K. I switched back to directv for the 4K and I love what little there is.
     
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  9. slice1900

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    Most people don't care. If people cared about picture quality they'd be fleeing Comcast in droves over what they've done to it in areas that have been upgraded to DOCSIS 3.1. It is similar to audio quality, there was a move to push better than CD quality audio (sort of the audio equivalent of 4K if you think about it) in the form of SACD and DVD-A. They both flopped, and instead people went for LESS quality in the form of MP3/AAC to gain convenience. And even though you can now get CD quality audio with FLAC/ALAC those are niche offerings.

    Even if people were demanding 4K, unless they are willing to pay more to get it we may never see much. It costs the networks more to produce and deliver content in 4K (if for no other reason than the cost of the C band uplink bandwidth) but they can't make any more money from it if Directv and other providers can't charge customers more for it.

    When HD came out, customers were happy to pay extra for HD, and pay extra for HD capable receivers/DVRs (OK, maybe not "happy" to pay but they paid it, and by the millions) That will never happen with 4K.
     
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  10. yosoyellobo

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    I might be wrong but every tv sold seems to be 4K.
     
  11. Steady Teddy

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    Pretty much all big screen displays yes. I think the smallest 4K TV display is 39-40".

    And I will end up purchasing the complete GOT 4K UHD boxset-whenever that's available-before there's even a hint that HBO will launch a 4K channel.
     
  12. James Long

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    Amazon has 720p and 1040p sets up to 50" (2018 models). They also have a 24" 4K set (2017 model).

    It has been mentioned in other threads that producing 4K sets can be cheaper than producing larger pixel HD sets.
     
  13. Steady Teddy

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    Didn't know they could fit that many pixels into that small of a TV screen now. Thought that was only for PC monitors.
     
  14. dtv757

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    Cable companies cannot handle 4k thays why it's a slow transition . Plus cord cutting

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  15. slice1900

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    Buying a 4K TV doesn't mean people are demanding 4K content. As you say, there's no choice now. 8K TVs are on the horizon, and when they sell it won't be because people are demanding 8K content.
     
  16. MysteryMan

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    I read somewhere it costs manufacturers less to make 4K HDTVs then it does to make HDTVs.
     
  17. P Smith

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    perhaps you haven't seen how the current three 4k channels came up initially …



    [Why I feel the post done with personal stance ? Did I gave such negative response to you recently ?]
     
  18. codespy

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    For our family, it feels like 1 1/4- 4K channels, not 3. Channel 104 has the full time normal programming. We will never rent a 4K movie at those prices on 105 (buying could be an option for some). 106 for the most part has a DirecTV logo on it, but when the sports games happen, they are usually really good!

    Definitely looking forward to more 4K channels! Hope they happen sooner than later.
     
  19. reubenray

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    This is why I most likely will not upgrade to the HR54 to get 4K. I can stream the latest movie releases plus a lot more for a less money from Vudu or Amazon Prime.
     
  20. bmcleod

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    But couldn’t you eventually get an HR54 or HS17 for free? I enjoy the free 4K content on 104, but then I can’t stream 4K.

    I’d be happy for more 4K channels on DTV, it might get me to pay for HBO or some other movie channel.
     

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