Originally Posted by AnalogHD
The US lags 5-10 years behind the rest of the developed world as far as networks are concerned.
In much of Europe, Japan, and some of the emerging markets, true-200 mbps is now widely available, with aggressive price competition, and fake-1000 ("up to", never actual 1000) is making serious inroads. This is a temporary setback - the US will get there, some places have.
Keep in mind that I'm talking 8K with 200 mbps, and there's no 8K yet. It's late 2020s tech with mass deployment in the 2030s. Right now, we just get pretend 8K - at the very best* it will be filmed with a 6.5K camera, which is only 3,250 full RGB pixels wide, then compressed to about a 1080p bluray's bitrate - that isn't needed and would work fine with US bitrates anyway.
*Make no mistake, it's an awesome camera. You hope your 8K will be filmed with that. But a 4K TV will display just as much detail from it as an 8K one, maybe a tiny bit of difference if aggressive AI-guessing-based sharpening is used, and high-bitrate 4K can transfer that as well.
I was under the impression that many other countries have serious data caps, defeating the purpose of greater bandwidth, so that downloading a single video game, for example, would exceed monthly data caps. Granted, there are neighborhoods with Gigapower (AT&T's gigabit fiber network) and being that I was a technician, I've tested customer's connections when finishing up jobs and I have seen wifi speeds up to around 500-600 mbps, ethernet over 700 mbps. I think those were limits of their iPhones, iPads, and the occasional laptop. I think the highest I ever saw was around 900 mbps on an ethernet connection. It's just that rollout of these networks is so slow and the country is so big, that even prioritizing major cities takes forever. I worked on a project to install fiber in some new apartments that were being constructed downtown Atlanta, and it took a few days for each building to be done, with only 4 or 5 floors. It's just gonna be a painfully slow journey to get us up to speed, so to speak.
I'm fine with 4K movies filmed at 4K or even HD movies filmed with 4K cameras. At this point, the color depth is more important to me than more pixels, and I really wish instead of streaming, that we had a system by which we could simply download and own a digital copy of the movie on some sort of encrypted file. Obviously someone will break any encryption method that is used, but people already bootleg movies anyways. I just want to have something I can physically hold onto forever, even if it's 1s and 0s on a local hard drive. To me, that beats the cloud any day.