I guess my point is that we don't know what the eventual 4K standard is going to be. ATSC has some broadcast standard ideas in place, but what specs will the next disc and internet based delivery mechanisms be?
I can imagine a world where highly compressed 4K H264 comes first OTA/OTT, then an early iteration of HEVC, then perhaps another profile of it that requires new decoders (rendering your hardware obsolete). Maybe Google's codec takes off. A color gamut could be instituted on the disc format that goes further than the current sets can produce. All those sorts of steps towards what the mature 4K video standards turn into are what I'm referring to.
Originally Posted by Leon1972
Also there are MANY more HTPC's out there than there were even in 2010 so I think the computer industry will adopt faster than last time around too. Plus many COMPUTER momitors are already technically capable of 4k resolutions.
This I really don't think is the case, as much as I wish it was. In 2005-2009 every big player was into the PC/living room mashup - Microsoft, HP, Dell, Linksys, DLink, Samsung, Sony, etc.
Now Roku, Google, Apple, and Microsoft (via the XB1) are the big players in the living room. Outside of the Xbox One those are all ARM chip deviecs.