Originally Posted by WillyBaldy
The thing is you'll miss out on HDR which is the true real force of these HDR enabled TVs in my opinion. The resolution and details might be amazing when upscaled but you won't get the colors you'd get with HEVC.
Let's clarify a couple of things. HEVC or High Efficiency Video Coding (H.265 versus H.264) is twice as efficient as the earlier version - H.264. The other popular alternative for streaming is VP9 (open source) which is a favorite of YouTube.
LINK to article: http://4k.com/in-case-you-were-wonde...d-hevc-983046/
H.265 is the compression codec that’s actually being used to compress some of the best and most popular studio-grade 4K-HDR streaming media. This means that 4K episodes of shows like Breaking Bad, Marco Polo, House of Cards and Amazon’s newest 4K series are compressed via HEVC, not VP9.
The real question to me is what and where do I find the best picture quality? And at what price? Without a doubt, the YouTube 4K/HDR demos that I've seen have the best PQ, period, compared to anything I've watched on my Sony 900E. But alas, I have not seen any 4K/HDR movie that has been close to this experience.
And Netflix is the best source for streaming 4K/HDR, IMHO. Where I have a problem is with "fake" 4K/HDR from 2K sources that are being passed off as 4K/HDR.
Back to the original comment - - I find regular Blurays (which have more info than streaming content) are upscaled beautifully by the Sony 900E and are equal or better than the 4K/HDR discs that I have rented for the past three months. Maybe it's my player or settings or both - - but I've just been underwhelmed with 4K/HDR Blurays.
My cheapo Bluray source is Redbox (another freebie yesterday) and standard Bluray. Even though it is not 4K or HDR - - I still find the regular Blurays look better and are much cheaper than the 4K/HDR Bluray discs I have rented in the past. Many of them have Dolby Atmos soundtracks, so I'm a happy camper there.
For my 4K/HDR "fix" - I look to Netflix and occasional Amazon Prime content.