Sooo, let's look at a little history?
Anyone remember when the "firewire 1394 port" was going to be THE digital video interconnect? Mitsubishi and a few other's made TVs and devices that had them. Cable box makers had them. It was going to be THE thing right?
But those early adopters where just to early. In the end, it failed and HDMI has become THE way to connect digital devices together.
A DIGITAL interconnect was obviously coming, but Firewire wasn't the standard to do it.
Let's fast forward to today. It just seems like yesterday that 1080 was THE thing, and now someone wants to replace it. Nevermind that we've had 1080 for 10 years now (which is FOREVER in CE) and everyone thinks 4k won't make it. But just like a Digital interconnect was obvious, so is a higher resolution picture format in a day when screens on PCs and tablets and cellphones move ever higher and higher.
It might be a bit soon for 4k, but it WILL come. CE and program providers WILL bring it to the home, there's no doubt. Time and technology marches on and to think we have reached the end is a bit ignorant and completely short sighted.
Look how quickly Cable and Satellite have put 3D channels up. Why do you suppose they did that when the world of potential viewers was super low? 4k will be the same. Probably not today, or tomorrow, or the next 2 years. But there WILL be a time when someone like HBO or Showtime or STARZ will say "sales are flat, we need something new" and 4k will fill that hole.
One thing that slows 4k down will be the need for a BIG screen, that people can afford. And that's probably 5 years out at least. But this is for mass use, not niche which is what 4k will be for a while (just like 1080 was for it's first 5 years).
I respect Amir and his industry contacts. But nobody he talks to is going to tell him the secret meetings these companies have internally to plan for the future. Only those companies that want to doom themselves to being outdone by the competition stick their heads in the sand and don't talk about potential new income streams.
Who would have guessed Apple would have built the MP3 biz into what it is? Or that Amazon would have done the same with E-books? Someone may do the same with 4k, but probably not anytime soon.
I remember buying my sony HDTV in 2001, and anyone that says you can't enjoy upscaling obviously hasn't really lived with it. Are you seeing new information? Yes. Is it like "real" information? Mostly not. Is the quality improved? Most assuredly.
Originally Posted by saprano
I rarely visit the high end section but i found this thread interesting-http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1393347
Most notably amirm's post. What do you guys think?
Me and irkuck are probably the only ones in this thread who would agree with him though.