Originally Posted by Ted99
Yes, but not 60 fps. Only important to gamers with a high-end video card, now; but UHDTV is purportedly going to be 60 fps in lieu of the current 24 fps for Blu-ray. So, if one is looking for an easy trade-off between current availability vs. future proofing, one would want HDMI 2.0 since it's being released by year end. I really want this 4K capability, but for a small wait, I'll be able to get a set with the compression CODEC that UHDTV will need to use (H.265), HDMI 2.0, and probably 10-bit color. The current LG and Sony 84" displays are 8-bit color. As to cost, I remember kicking myself for purchasing the Sony 70" Qualia for $12K when a 70" XBR was available less than a year later for $6K . I just got a notice in the mail that a settlement for the class action suit against Sony for misleading purchasers that the 70" sets were 1080p, when in fact they were 1080i. If you were the least aware, you knew that, but the advertising was misleading. I submit the same thing is happening now and some purchasers are not aware that their UHDTV's will be unable to receive a broadcast, satellite, or cable UHDTV signal, when they are available.
As far as satellite, cable, or streaming is concerned, I think we are all in for a lengthy wait. When HD was hitting the scene many years ago, it took satellite and cable a long time to start broadcasting in HD. And even now, almost all content delivered via satellite is 1080i. So realistically, I think 4K broadcasts are at least 3 years away. 4K streaming may appear sooner than that, but even so, how many people in the US have 30 Mbps connections or faster? In the major cities maybe, but for the vast majority of the US, the max is 10-14 Mbps. Where I live, 8.5 Mbps is the fastest I can get. So for me, 4K streaming is not a viable option.
The biggest thing would be the ability to watch 4K movies via 4K Blu-ray's. I know that the HDMI organization is hard at work trying to get HDMI version 2.0 ready and available for manufacturers to implement in products. But it's unlikely that they will have it ready this year, and 2014 seems more likely. But even if they release the new HDMI standard in early 2014, electronics companies will then need time to start using it in new product lines. So it's quite possible that we won't see any TV's with HDMI 2.0 until summer 2014. So one could be looking at over a year wait.
And that's fine, and I could have waited another year or more. But, I had already been waiting for over 2 years to buy a new TV, so the idea of waiting around that much longer just isn't something I wanted to do. No one knows what the future has in store, and it's quite possible that a new 84" (or larger) screen size that is 4K , HDMI 2.0, HEVC h.265, etc. will be released. But then again, what if there are no more 4K screen sizes made available that are larger than say 75" (70" being more likely).
I may very well have a TV that may not be compatible with 4K Blu-ray, once and when they are available. Sure I will feel a bit let down, but in all honesty, the primary reason I got this 84" TV, was to be able to watch 3D Blu-ray's in 1080p per eye in passive 3D. So 4K Blu-ray's, satellite, etc. were not a factor at that time. But if LG decides to offer an upgrade option that will allow the TV to work with HDMI 2.0 @ 60 fps, I will get my TV upgraded for sure. I guess only time will tell. But one thing that is certain, 4K is indeed the future.