Originally Posted by Artwood
Forgive this interruption with some dumbo questions:
If 4K broadcast is for basically impossible: How will people get 4K programming?
It isn't impossible.
European Satellite owners ASTRA have been testing 4K for a year already. EUTELSAT just opened their dedicated 4K sattelite channel January 8.
NHK have been testing 4K and 8K over fibre for years. Latest was their live transmissions of 8K from the Summer Olympics last year to several sites in the UK, Japan and US.
All this will be easier when the High-Efficiency- Video-Codec (HEVC) is finalised later this year.
Will they have to buy super duper Blu-rays?
4K/UHD Blu-Rays with HEVC don't need to be Super-duper. They have sufficient bitrate,can keep the same size/volume and disc structure, use the same replication equipment.
They will need new players with a higher capacity video processor to process the 4K resolution.
Broadcom recently announced that they are starting up the processor chip manufacturing for HEVC/4K/UHD to launch this year and be mass-produced in 2014.
How long would it take to download a 2 hour 4K movie if it was not compressed?
Only cinemas will get "uncompressed" 4K delivered on physical hard-discs or satellite fed. Consumer 4K/UHD content for distribution will be typical 20-25Mb/s bitrate with HEVC. Undistinguishable from "uncompressed" DCI for cinemas on screens up to 20 feet.
4K original material can be compressed much harder than 2K without loss of quality.
And lastly the big question--how much will 4K and super resolutions higher than that actually cost?
Only one consumer film in 4K is yet sold; Timescapes
Wait for RedRay player
with content distribution (downloade) from Odemax
Or possible Playstation 4 as a distribution server to fulfil Sony's promise at CES to have a 4K distribution system ready for the summer.
How much cheaper would it be to download or buy a disc and play it at home versus wtching the movie in a theater?
For something that hasn't started yet. How can we know?
Will all these problems be solved by 2020?
Long before, like in the next three years starting now.
Will the internet basically have to be all fiber optic wired for this stuff to really work well?
Non-fiberoptics Internet doesn't work very well for anything other than reading.