I've got a 4k question that pertains to the 850c.
As many of us now know, VUDU streaming service is currently selling and renting out 4k movies, although right now this can only be done through the new Roku 4. I would imagine that eventually 4k VUDU titles will be available for the 850c through Android, and with that I wonder how good the 4k quality will be. Will there be limitations on the 850c that won't allow for the best 4k picture from VUDU? Certainly true HDR quality will be one of them, but I wonder what other limitations there might be.
I also wonder just how fast streaming service will have to be to get 4k with VUDU, and how good the picture quality will be. VUDU claims to have a superior compression technique, and I know that watching HDX (1080p) samples of movies at 32 mbps gives me a picture that I believe really is 1080p, but there isn't yet a way to know what their steamed 4k will look like on the 850c. And I'm concerned with how much buffering there might be before and during a 4k movie.
Right now their rental prices are too high to be attractive to me, but I think the purchase price of 4k movies is in line with what they'll be in 2016. And if the quality is there, why pay as much as $300 USD for a 4k Blu-ray player? One of the biggest downsides to building a 4k VUDU library, though, is the nagging worry that the service might not last forever. The idea that a person might buy 100 4k titles, with an investment of around $3,000, only to lose it all if the service goes belly-up, is not attractive. That, added to the fact that a 4k disc would have a superior transfer rate, would seem to make 4k Blu-ray a solid option to steaming.
Any opinions and comments on this, or VUDU and Roku in general, would be much appreciated.