Originally Posted by me23
Really? 4k is being pushed right now and the studios need to sell something new. It will be here before you know it.
I think it would silly to spend 500+ on a blu ray player that can't play 4k blu rays.
But if you don't own a 4k display, then yeah get the 103 now. I'm withMiller and will just get something to tide me over.
By the way just got shipping conformation on my 600es and will be here in a couple of days. Hot Damn I'm excited.
Thanks again Mike Garrett!!!
To be completely honest, I don't think any studio except Sony is ready for consumer 4K. Most digital masters are still in 2K digital format. Sony is the only one currently "pushing" for 4K acceptance. It's really the only company that has the ability to profit from it currently. Most studios would need to go back and create a slew of new 4K masters. This would cost them a lot of money and seeing how things are still moving rather slowly on consumer UHD/4K acceptance I don't think they see it as a priority to start churning out 4K content. Also, not everything released on blu-ray will need to be released on the next UHD format. A ton of films simply don't have UHD details and wouldn't benefit from being released in a higher resolution.
Alternatively, UHD needs a far larger screen size to be fully appreciated than 1080p does. The vast majority of people with 50 inches or smaller flat panel TVs sit too far from it to take advantage of 1080p let alone 4K. Most people simply won't care about 4K because they literally won't be able to see a difference and that goes doubly for those who think broadcast TV is giving them great picture quality. Broadcast 4K will be an even bigger let down than 720p/1080i has been for last half decade. The infrastructure in the US is far behind that of the EU. There's no way we can get the quality bitrates we need for decent 4K transmissions over copper wires. Fiber optics are starting to take hold but the vast majority of our infrastructure is still copper which is insufficient for the bitrates needed.
This is the same reason I doubt we'll see the next generation blu-ray type format be all streaming. People don't have the download connection speeds possible to give better than blu-ray type quality which is needed for 4K. Discs will still be the media used out of necessity. There will still be 4K streaming services but there will be compromises to make it work. In the end the disc based media will still look better overall.Edited by Seegs108 - 1/27/14 at 6:56pm