Originally Posted by imagic
I think that's one of the things that's going to happen. Samsung hedged their bet on the future; now all
their premium TV sets are compatible with an upgrade module: The "Smart Evolution Kit", which future-proofs their TVs against new CODECs, HDMI standards, etc. - I was looking at 4K footage on an 84" Samsung yesterday playing off a USB thumb drive, no different than reading the same data off a Blu-ray.
I think a standard will have to be around before there's mass adoption, but the very early content may be just burned on a data disc or a flash drive or something like that. 4K video is 17GB/hour, so it's not completely unthinkable that it would be put on dual-layer blu-ray discs or downloaded. DirecTV or DISH could do something like DISH has done in the past, where you can automatically "DVR" some movies off the satellite overnight, and there are always a few popular titles there already on the hard drive, and if you want to buy, it unlocks the file at that point. I don't know how a 38mbps QAM maps to satellite TP's, which use totally different bandwidths and modulation, but I know DirecTV does plan to carry 4K content. That method would cost DirecTV little, as they could build a larger hard drive into the 4k-capable box, and they could use the "download" channels for something else like PPV or sports packages the rest of the time. Obviously not the be-all-end-all because it doesn't give you a wide selection, but it would be a great start.