Originally Posted by Phrehdd
Bigg AW thanks for the response.
So what I am understanding is that Comcast decided to go with 720p, that some of their content is of a poor grade so no matter what is used, it will most likely look bad and possibly unwatchable. Hmm, I wonder if Comcast is aware of this with respect to 4k (as it makes zero financial sense) to mismatch their "product" with TVs that are becoming more and more common. Do you think this is going to bite them in the ... down the line?
To me, it is unwatchable for sports, which is the main driver of pay tv. If I only wanted news channels, it would be fine, as they're just a bunch of talking heads. But if I'm actually sitting there watching something and paying attention to it, it's unwatchable. I have a better than average setup with a Samsung 65" SUHDTV that is calibrated per settings from this forum, and I'm sitting about 8' away from it, and while I'm ahead of the curve, bigger and higher resolution screens is where the market is headed.
No, this will not realy hurt Comcast's bottom line outside of Eastern MA and North Jersey where they have fierce competition from Verizon. In most of their other markets, they are have large broadband monopoly areas, or areas with patchy VDSL availability, and because they have jacked the price of broadband up so high, and have such fat margins on it, even if they lose some video subs, they'll just get them on broadband anyway. The unfortunate part is that most people can't tell the difference, have TVs that are too small for the space the are in, or are too far away from them, don't calibrate anything, etc, etc.
I admit that my Oppo does a very nice job on lesser quality material for up scale to 1080p for my 1080p TV. I guess I'll continue using my plasma until such time and hopefully, most challenges for 4k TVs will be worked out (whether it is the TV itself, external device to help render or whomever is providing the feed such as Comcast, Sat, Dish etc.).
Interesting. I've never owned an Oppo product, next time I buy another disc-based player I'll seriously consider one, as I've heard rave reviews about them. 4k TV is absolutely amazing, even for good quality 720p and 1080i broadcast and 720p and 1080p streaming, but it really shines with 2160p streaming content. Netflix's HEVC encoding is stunning, and while the real purists say it's only Blu-Ray quality, it looks sharper and has more of a "wow" factor to me. It depends a lot on the content. Honestly, Orange Is the New Black could just as well have been 720p, there's nothing particularly visually stunning in it. But House of Cards (I've only started Ep1), or Narcos is just incredible in the 2160p format. We're a long way off from widespread linear 4k, and the 4k streaming that is out there is stunning, so if you want 4k, get 4k, if not, don't hold your breath for linear 4k content that may never come.
Originally Posted by poppagene
I think those numbers are for monthly and annual subscriptions and don't include the large number of TiVo DVRs with prepaid lifetime subscriptions.
I believe they account for Lifetime over the course of 48 months, so it would include all Lifetime boxes sold within the last 48 months, if not all boxes still actively "phoning home" to the mothership.