Recently I purchased a UltraHD aka:4k Blu-ray player and 6-7 4k movies a few were true 4k the others were 2k scans or 3k scans that were converted to 4k.
I have watched them all and the only 4k movie that was the least impressive compared to the 1080p Blu-ray was The Huntsman: Winter’s War. And it was still an improvement regardless the darker scenes were greatly improved upon and of course the colors & has finer detail than the 1080p version.
Many movies are 2k scans upconverted to 4k but that is changing more this past year are being filmed in higher than 4k resolution.
Then there is streaming 4k movies and TV shows many feel this is why 4k Bluray will fail.
With Amazon, Hulu & Netflix at the front pushing 4k w/HDR seems like a solid win why buy 4k media?
But those who know the tech know that in order to stream 4k you need 15mb to do so which means the content is heavily compressed and not truly a 100% 4k stream.
4k Blurays push 100-128mbps continuously compared to the 15mbps that fluctuates for streaming 4k with Netflix, Amazon & Hulu.
It’s pretty clear where the true 4k can be seen at and it’s not streaming.
I watch shows on these platforms in 4k some what regularly and will say that these 4k streams look little better than the 1080p streams they provide. If someone has never seen true 4k content and first sees a Netflix or Amazon stream they will walk away very unimpressed.
Which does damage the 4k market in my opinion.
I can see the differences because I am accustomed to watching and even comparing different versions of movies. But someone who is not won’t see any difference with streaming 4k content.
1080p Blurays look great even on 4k panel televisions but a true 4k Bluray will look far better.
Even 1080p 3d movies look better on 4k panels “Passive only” Active won’t make any difference. There is good reason why.
On the 4k panel it can render the 3d image completely on the large resolution with no dulled brightness. Where on a 1080 screen it must split the resolution between both eyes. This depends on Active or passive different story unrelated to 4k Blu-ray;-)
There are benefits to 4k in some areas but what it comes down to is the future really streaming?
I hope not:-( will be a sad day if this happens. I really hope people today are smart enough to do their homework and see that if media dies off so does quality.
ATSC 3.0 broadcast won’t be able to handle true 4k we know streaming really can’t at only 15mbps.
The only way to truly see 4k and any upcoming changes will be through media and the hardware that can play said media.
And that doesn’t include the audio side of things which broadcast and streaming can’t do well or sometimes at all.
On Netflix there are 4k movies that don’t even allow old Dolby 5.1 only stereo due to it’s limitation in bandwidth.
Dolby 5.1 is old tech we are 4-5 generations past that now and only 4k Bluray media can hold both highest quality image and sound of Dolby-Atmos and DTS-X.
There is also DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD which are also a few generations ahead of the old Dolby Digital 5.1.
Let’s hope that media and the hardware to play the media is not going to be limited to only the top end of the consumer market.
For it to be successful it needs to be adopted by all to not only improve technology later but to also bring down current generation prices as well.
4k TV’s are already there and cost the same as 1080 models of yesterday.
With the XboxOne S capable of playing 4k media hopefully this will help the market.
What I have read that DVD still brings most profit while standard Blu-rays only hold like 20% of the market. Breaking into this market will be tough unless there are plans to discontinue DVD.
It all comes down to the average consumer and if they see 4k worth their hard earned cash.
The high end consumers are not nearly enough to make 4k Blu-ray successful.
I want to say that it will succeed and 4k Blu-ray will stay but right now I think it’s still undecided.
All the odds are against it but it’s still being put out on store shelves not just Best Buy even Walmarts.
And with Disney close to releasing 4k and many others that are it helps when the odds are against it. Although I think Disney may be waiting for DolbyVision aka: Dolby’s HDR to support 4k Blu-ray first.
Think at CES Universal, Warner and Lionsgate pledging support for Dolby Vision discs so thinking Disney not far behind.
I prefer HDR-10 over Dolby Vision but guess others see it differently.
Right now 4k Blu-rays are HDR-10 but Dolby Vision is jumping on as well I’m sure others will follow.
There are also HDR from HLG and one from Technicolor these will most likely appear on 2017 model Televisions and up and maybe a FW update for 2016 models?
Now they will release 10 different types of HDR to try and make a competition between manufacturers that support some and not others.