I'm so bored of the high resolution debate. Steve Yedlin said some really interesting things about high resolutions which make a lot of sense. Check it out here: http://yedlin.net/ResDemo/ I'm sure this link gets tossed around a lot. But when he talks about compression of data rates for exhibition that it jacks up the image so much, there''s not much point of "watching 4k" when your internet is too slow to sustain the high bit rates needed for true actual quality 4k images. The debate is never ending, but I'm with Keith, I really believe that manufacturers just want to sell you the hot new thing you're willing to buy.
A huge amount of video is still watched on either 720 x 480 or 720 x 576, which is close enough to the resolution of the original 1941 monochrome NTSC standard! A lot of the actual content doesn't even approach that resolution.
There's no major demand for higher resolution, at least for living room sized TVs, it's just something manufacturers have pulled out of their collective arses in the hope of talking up a new market.
The only demand is that created by the TV manufacturers and their hype departments. If you stick the average person in front of a 1080 vs UHD TV, and they are standing a typical distance back, the visual difference is just not there. However, if you tell them which one is the UHD TV, they will think it looks better. It's all down to marketing.
Don't you people ever go to Costco? Pretty much all they sell is 4K tvs and the sample footage they show on them is amazing. And if you stop by the DirectTV kiosk in the store, you will learn that they stream in 4K and that some sports are starting to be streamed in 4K (I think it's mainly golf at the moment).
The NFL is already shooting 4k though I don't think they're broadcasting it yet and Sony has some kind of hypnowheel that they're using on production companies to get them to buy 4K equipment: https://www.sony.fi/...equips-mediapro
So it's out there but as for when it will make it into the average American home? Probably 5 to 15 years.
Yes I have, they do look nice up close but we I stand back at the distance I would be watching from at home there isn't much difference and certainly not enough to make me want to ditch the one I already have. They also tend to have that horrible smooth motion setting on that always bugs me when I see it, which doesn't help. My current tv is over 10 years old but it is still great and HD is plenty good. I might be able to see a slight increase in sharpness with 4K but it is not worth the extra expense when what I have is already great. HDR and Bt 2020 are the only reason I would consider upgrading my current tv at this point.