Originally Posted by imagic
So far, pricing for broadband has tied speed and quantity together, but there's a limit to how much speed is needed to make 4K work as a real-time product, even at the highest quality levels: 100Mbps ought to do it. The need for a higher data cap is clear and my guess is that internet will be packaged to reflect that, where spending a bit more for a higher data cap instead of more speed becomes the standard upgrade. I can see all the major ISPs touting their "4K-ready internet" plans, in a year or two.
I think you're going to find that the cost to invest in 4k media (without a physical alternative) from the ISP costs to the cost of the proprietary "licensed" players will be astronomical for most movie lovers. The U.S. is way behind the power curve when it comes to the cost vs. speed of the major ISP's.
Data caps and the shenanigans being played by the content providers and the ISP's also must be eliminated or home theater enthusiasts will be robbed blind. This is due to the inevitable cost shifting that will occur when investing in high data rate plans with no data caps necessary for internet only UHD. There won't be any incentive to "cut the cable" or "dump the satellite dish" after people get hit by the sticker shock, even if the compression quality is sublime with commercial theater grade video and audio.
I can foresee that UHD discs and a disc player would cost much less in the long run. The added benefit to us is... competition. Retailers have to compete in the market place for customers and that can affect costs of goods and services. Proprietary Hollywood studio downloads and "officially DRM licensed" internet players do not. And we all know what happens with prices when they can easily be fixed.
I know you're ga-ga over downloads and the elimination of physical media, but economic history is, unfortunately, not on your side.Edited by Dan Hitchman - 3/19/13 at 11:13am