New 4k channels?

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  1. Steady Teddy

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    Don't know why anyone would rent those movies. For a few dollars more you could buy a 4K UHD Blu Ray on sale.
     
  2. reubenray

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    If I got if free then I would, but from what I have read on this site getting it free is getting slim. My discount runs out in February, so I may try. But my wife will have to get her shows off of the HR44 first.
     
  3. richall01

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    Soon....as soon as the Att - Time Warner deal is done.
     
  4. mjwagner

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    The reality is that if you want 4k HDR or DV content D isn’t where it’s at currently. We watch lots of 4k HDR/DV content. Pretty much all the new shows on NetFlix or Amazon Prime are 4kHDR/DV. As far as movie rentals we rarely rent movies anymore that aren’t 4k HDR/DV, but we use VUDU and pay $5.99. Not sure why anyone would pay D $10.99 for a movie rental.
     
  5. dtv757

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    DirecTV is currently the live sports leader in 4k
    Fubo TV is the next closest to D* as far as live 4k content

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  6. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Here's why: some of us don't want to own any physical media anymore.
     
  7. dreadlk

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    I bought a LG 4K OLED about 6 months ago and I am super impressed with some 4K Demo videos that I have watched and one or two 4K BluRays. As far as 4K Netflix goes I am not impressed at all. The regular 4K is so hard to tell the difference between it and 1080P being upscaled.

    I find the 4K HDR stuff on Netflix to be counter intuitive for use in My dark home theater room. The overall shows like Iron Fist, Luke Cage etc are way to contrasty. The whites are so bright that they hurt my eyes, especially if I have subtitles on. Then the Blacks are so dominant that most shows look dark when filmed in regular rooms. Overall it hurts my eyes. And yes the TV has been professionally calibrated.

    I hear a lot of mixed stories about DirecTV 4K. Some people say its not that great and others think its ok. Does anyone know the bit rate they are using for the 4K? That will pretty much tell the whole story.
     
  8. mjwagner

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    But that’s the thing, their simply isn’t very much live 4k content currently and their probably won’t be for some time.
     
  9. mjwagner

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    I have an LG 4k OLED in my family room and a 4k HDR laser projector in my home theater. IMO the 4k HDR content on NetFlix and Amazon Prime and the 4k HDR movies on VUDU look excellent. Different strokes for different folks as they say...
     
  10. slice1900

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    Some people like to watch movies more than once, for them owning physical media makes sense. Even if you say "well I watched this movie on Netflix so I didn't pay any extra for it, I can always watch it again" that's not true except for movies Netflix produced. Their library has been shrinking and will really take a hit next year when all the Disney/Fox/Pixar/Lucasfilm etc. stuff goes away and moves to Disney's streaming offering.
     
  11. AngryManMLS

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    Not to mention with digital licenses you can easily have whatever you digitally purchased taken away for whatever reasons come up rather it be change of hands of ownership of said content, licencing issues with said content (ie: music used in movie), or they simply decide to put it back in "the vault." Or in the case of Disney when they start their own Netflix rival that's for their content. That is why I still prefer physical media. When I buy said thing I have it. I don't have to worry if it's still on the service for streaming. Or what service it is on. It's there in my hands. Period.
     
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  12. horace clark

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    Well I have Directv 4K and I can assure you it is fantastic. It’s so good that I’m disappointed when watching HD. For those of you debating whether to upgrade or not now is a great time if it is free. Never gonna be cheaper than free.
     
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  13. bmcleod

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    But some of us can’t get the best quality without it. It’s good to have choices.
     
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  14. glrush

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    For me, the reason I haven't made the leap to 4K on DirecTV is that the DVR offerings for 4K are lacking. If I get the HR-54, I can only have 4K on one TV. If I go with the HS-17, I lose all my other DVR's and the ability to record OTA. In both cases, I lose all the recordings on my Genie. I do movies on Vudu where I can get Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. I just remodeled my man cave and 2 of the 3 4K TV's down there don't even have DirecTV; just an indoor HD antenna and a Roku.
     
  15. slice1900

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    You simply CAN'T get the best quality without physical media. 4K Blu Ray uses 100+ Mbps, versus 4K streaming that's less than a quarter of that.
     
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  16. P Smith

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    I'm curious if someone measured DTV UHD channels' bandwidth during HDR broadcast ?
     
  17. slice1900

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    Since HLG requires almost no additional bandwidth, it is the same as their standard 4K broadcasts. They stated a few years ago they'd be using 30 Mbps, but they have nearly 40 Mbps at their disposal currently since they are dedicating entire transponders to each 4K channel. Whether they are using that extra bandwidth or still limiting to 30 Mbps isn't known.

    It would be easy for someone with 4K service to measure though - just measure the traffic between the Genie and 4K client while watching a 4K program. You'd just need to use a DECA or two to pull that traffic onto an ethernet network in transit, where a managed switch or similar can show that information.
     
  18. Laxguy

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    RE: Physical media. I merely stated why some of us don't want physical media, not that there weren't tradeoffs in terms of PQ.
     
  19. reubenray

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    I agree. I have a ton of DVD's and Bluray's that are in the way that we have already watched several times. I use to buy the latest equipment and latest movies as soon as they came out. As I got older I stopped.
     
  20. dtv757

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    the amount of LIVE 4k sports programming is growing each month
    every weekend there are at least 2, sometimes more, live events in 4k
     

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