Originally Posted by Kris Deering
I don't think there is ANY clamor for 4K outside of niche A/V boards like this. I don't think the general public even knows what the real differences are between HD and 4K other than 4K sounds like a cool number. I hear repeatedly from normal people how amazing Netflix and cable broadcasts look on their HDTVs despite the rather obvious issues you see that absolutely kill me. I know the hardware companies and software companies want another revenue generator and are hoping for the next DVD since 3D didn't do it, but I just don't think 4K will be that lightning in a bottle, especially when people start seeing comparisons on flat panels at their local store. I think 4K should have been treated as a videophile format from the get go and used to continue to boost the high end market with big screens and systems that make sense. Something to revitalize the sagging sales of high end video systems that are being abandoned for cheap deals on Amazon and Best Buy. But it seems like the system continues their race to the bottom and are already trying to figure out how to devalue everything they have as fast as possible.
I wouldn't go that far, I think 4k will be the new thing Joe 6 Pack demands from his next TV, but most won't understand that it doesn't really matter if there's almost no media to support it. They just assume if the TV can do 4k, everything else falls into place. In 5 years, I predict most flat screens will be 4k models, with 1080p being budget WalMart-type offerings. No manufacturer is going to want one brand to have that advantage over their model, so they'll all go in that direction of putting a 4k sticker on their TVs.
In 5 years, do I think there will be a separate 4k media disk that's sold alongside Blu Ray disks? Doubtful, and if it is, it will be something like laserdisc that's expensive, available mainly through the mail, and very limited titles. I see a few 4k gimmicks on streaming services for a few blockbuster movies.
I could be wrong, but most streaming is not even 1080p, and most people are happy with it. It's an MP3 World unfortunately.