Need Large Flat Panel
In need of some assistance:
Size: TV will be mounted and wall space is not an issue. Fixed or adjustable mount would both be fine.
Seating: Main seating will be pretty much head on in the 12-15' range (it's for our new house that is not yet complete - supposed to close March 4th - so not 100% sure on the final/exact seating distance) and there will also be a couch that runs parallel with the direct line of sight, that would range from about 4' to about 10' away from the TV (any legitimate viewing would probably be in the 8-10'+ range) and is probably 20 degrees or less off-center.
Budget: $2,500ish (could probably go a bit higher, but definitely nothing over $3,000)
Environment: 4 large windows to the side that run parallel with viewing line of sight (behind the second seating area mentioned above), but they will have shutters and the windows are under the covered porch and face north, so direct sunlight should not be much of an issue. Overhead lighting consists of 4 can flood lights in the 12' ceiling and a fan with a light fixture attached (none of which would be directly over the TV or aimed directly at the TV). 18'+ directly from the TV will be the kitchen. So the space can get very bright, but the lighting can also be controlled by turning lights on/off and closing/opening shutters to become quite dark.
Viewing: 75-80%+ will likely be Uverse/satellite, with at least half of that being sports (football, soccer, baseball, some basketball), and the remainder being "regular" TV shows. Probably 15% Netflix and Amazon streaming. Movies will make up 5% +/- of viewing for now (see below for more details).
Some of the models I've narrowed it down to that seem to fit within the $2,500 (I used BB prices for comparison purposes, though they all seem to be "sale" prices and I don't know when those will end) range are:
Samsung UN75J6300 ($2,200) - picture looks good when I've looked at it in Best Buy from 15-25' away (though I haven't seen a "regular" feed running through it). And I did notice pretty strong reflections, but I'm not too terribly concerned about that since we can work with the lighting in the room and even when the flood lights are on, if it became an issue, we could adjust the tilt if we used an adjustable mount.
Samsung 65JS8500 ($2,500) - picture looks outstanding from what I've seen in store (though still no "regular" feed) and it has excellent reviews.
Vizio M70-C3 ($1,800) - seems to get good reviews overall, and seems like a pretty solid "budget" 4K that could provide some "future proofing" if/when we move it to the game room (see below) from a content perspective.
Sony XBR65X850C ($2,000) - looked good in person, but I've seen some mixed reviews on it, and it seems like if I ended up going 65", that I'd probably just pony up the extra $500 for the JS8500.
I know that with a 12'+ viewing distance, there is going to be no discernible benefit going with 4K, which is sort of pushing me toward the J6300 since it is the largest one and the added size should provide a greater benefit than going 4K over 1080.
But, the plan is to get a unit now (possibly a 70"+ since it seems most would argue that size is more important in that family room space at the moment since 4K wouldn't benefit us at the higher viewing distances coupled with the current lack of 4K content available across the board, etc.) and in 3-5 years (after prices on some of the larger 4K units (hopefully) come down and/or OLED prices (hopefully) come down and they (hopefully) come out with larger OLED sizes) move this unit upstairs into the game room for the kids (right now, we're going to put the old Sony in the game room).
Once it moved upstairs, it would probably be about 75% Uverse/satellite viewing of kids programs and 25% movies for "family movie night." At that point, the viewing distance from the couches would be in the 7-10' range (again, not 100% sure on final placement/distance just yet since we haven't moved the furniture in yet). Additionally, it would probably be a brighter overall environment than the family room downstairs, but lighting could be controlled with window shutters, turning lights on/off, etc.
So, my questions are:
1) Do you think I would be best served going with a 70 or 75" screen given the size of the space, even if the JS8500 picture is really, really nice?
2) Would going with the J6300 be the best combo of size and picture quality given that we're still a few years away from more mainstream 4K content? Even if we wouldn't be able to benefit from 4K content once it got moved upstairs into the kid's game room? Or would the M70 be the better option for both short-term and long-term viewing as described above - i.e. quality picture now, and possibly utilizing more 4K content in a few years after we move it upstairs?
3) Would it be better to go with the JS8500 and "suffer" with the smaller 65" size for a few years until we move it upstairs, at which point it might be better with 4K and a 7-10' viewing distance (though I still believe that an 8'+ viewing distance and a 65" screen may be bordering on not being able to fully benefit from 4K, but I'm not completely sure on that)?
4) Are there other options out there in the size and approximate price range that others would recommend I take a look at that would do well for lots of sports and "regular" Uverse/satellite viewing now and lists of movies and "regular" Uverse/satellite viewing in a few years?
Sorry for the incredibly long post and thank you in advance. If there is any info I failed to include, please let me know.