Originally Posted by chadsdsmith
My question was more in regard to how these disks would look on existing 1080p tv equipment. I would tend to think, assuming the downconversion is performed correctly, that even with a 4k blu ray format using 50gb discs, that the better compression codec would result in a better than current blu ray picture.
OK, I'll bite....
"In theory" properly scaled 4K content that is encoded in a way to not have the compression issues that we see with some Blu-ray content, it should look better. You won't get the pixels, but it should be similar to watching HD content on an older tube SD TV: the extra breathing room should make it look less compressed.
In the real world, the studios that are overcompression and DNRing 1080p content, will likely do so with 4K. The difference is, it will be a relative difference based on the larger amount of data. What that means is, it's just as likely it will look exactly the same as 1080p content on a 1080p set. You'll likely only see a benefit on a 4k TV where the pixels are smaller allowing more detail from the recording to show. Since you won't have those extra pixels on your 1080p, you won't get the benefit while having the same issues.
We've seen mosquito noise, DNR, ringing, incorrect coloring, macroblocking and artifacting on both DVD and Blu-ray. I doubt they'll have some sort of epiphany that will make them actually try to avoid that stuff in 4K.