Originally Posted by 5x10
I get the hype, I just don't know how it's going to be driven to the consumer. Driven meaning cable, internet, and a 4k blu ray player with a consistent hdmi type connection
For now, it's basically dependent on up conversion and a small sample of 4k content
I do agree with a poster above saying it will come to light faster than hd did, but it would be a shame if there are products out now that ultimately, won't work with the hardware that is used
I hate to be a Negative Nancy. But I have real doubts it will come to light faster than HD. The move to HD was not market driven, it was a mandate by the government that broadcasters had to be off analogue by a certain date. That is what mainly opened the doors to HD digital transmissions. That and along with the new larger LCD sets that enabled people to do away with their outrageously heavy (and small) CRT sets.
Another thing is that the jump from HD to UHD is perceptually smaller than the jump from SD to HD. Even then, many still watch SD on their HD sets and seem fine with it.
There is also the problem that the bet on Blu Ray content was largely a failure for what manufacturers like Sony had to invest in it. Up until recently, DVD still outsold Blu Ray discs. Any push to UHD disks might be a very small and niche market. And even then, Studios would have to make the film transfer to UHD.
Streaming seems to be the way of the future but that still leaves the problem of adequate compression. You would blow through your data caps with your ISP very quickly trying to stream two hour 4K films.
Now that doesn't mean any of these problems are insurmountable. We may very well make a full transition to 4K but I believe these problems will cause the transition to take considerably longer than going from SD to HD.
I think the saving grace for 4K is the TV tech's upconversion abilities. If you can get 80% of the way there then that should be good enough for human perception. It also removes a lot of the obstacles that will slow the progress considerably.