Originally Posted by Seegs108
It cannot stay this way. There NEEDS to be a standard created and here's why. The only content that these servers are getting (no matter the delivery method) are Sony titles and independent films/clips that Sony has authored. They playback and output correctly because the video and audio are encoded to a specification that Sony has made which ensures everything plays back and outputs properly on the hardware/software they have chosen to put into that server. What happens when Time Warner or Universal (or any other studio) wants to start selling their films in the 4K/UHD format? They need to know how to author the the information and encode the video/audio in a way that will play on a media server properly. Sony is VERY unique because it's a huge conglomerate which happens to manufacture every facet needed to film, encode and reproduce things any which way they want. There isn't another company like that. You aren't going to see Universal, MGM, Time Warner, ect making their own server so they will need to know how to encode the video so it will work on a specific media player. If you think Sony is going to be the only player in town with a 4K/UHD delivery system you're in a dream world. This is why there needs to be consistency in the encoding and delivery system. These studios do not want to limit themselves to a small market and pick and choose which media player/company they want their movies played back on. It doesn't make sense financially to do so. There will be a "4K Blu-ray player" with specific specifications on bit-rates, bit depths, chroma levels, codecs, output, ect and I don't think that every company will want to do the disc-to-harddrive delivery system. It's redundant and time consuming for consumers.
If this is how Sony chooses to do it until the specifications are created, that's fine. But I seriously doubt this will stick for the long run. Mark my words.
That only applies if a 4k Optical STD is adopted quite frankly it is not required as long as the server has adequate number crunching power any format can be in putted. Let's reverse engineer the thinking:
1.4K display device input and display capability.
2.The server/PS4 or Samsung 4k player only needs to output the data that the display can display, that output is the only common thing required. The raw data, streamed or BD supplied can be in anyway as long as the playback device can decode that information into a common output stream that the display device can handle/understand.
How many video codecs are there for the PC, and how many new ones keep coming...AVI, MPG MPEG, ASF WMV, MP4, FLV etc........all output in a common display understood signal stream. All the playback software needs to do is figure out the input format, the data base for this can continually evolve. Why lock into any set parameters, except to the output parameters, it's backward redundant thinking. If a new compression alg is devevloped or improved, they can implement it immediately, all that will be required is a software update so the play back device can understand the 'new' BD data stream.. The decoded stream stored on the HD and played from there, no need to worry about optical disk spin rates etc.
A SATA 3 HD is capable of 3-6Gbps DTR, BD optical at 1x 50Mbps at 6x 300Mbps, not a patch on the HD DTR, use Download or BD data disk to transfer the data to the hard drive and instant bandwidth heaven and any codec any bit depth, if the processing hardware is slow, it just takes longer to decode, but once on the SATA 3 drive......it all evens out.
Gives CE manufacturers a reason to charge more.....faster loading/processing more $'s chargeable.