Originally Posted by Erod
Today, I watched the PGA Championship in 1080i with Dolby 5.1 sound just like I have for over a decade. Same for the final episode of Game of Thrones.
it's still dang hard to tell the difference between the top-end 1080p and 4K. 8K from 12 feet won't look a lick different than 4K. Projectors can't do Dolby Vision or HDR10+. We still don't know which format will win between those two. HDR is a all kinds of mess right now.
Streaming is still woefully inept, and and now this HDMI 2.1 thing looms. Broadcast television will soon to be 3 generations behind the newest resolution. We're all gearing up for 9.1.6 when material isn't even mixed with that format.
I love the idea of much higher refresh rates improving panning and motion, but what will be the practical application of it. And when? The 8K thing is....meh. Until the content picks up serious steam, we've reached a point of vastly diminishing return.
How many people will replace every cable and ever device in their system.for a trickle of discs, many of which will just be remakes of the remakes we've already bought for our systems.
I think my AVM 60 will be in place for a good long while.
I agree that 1080p vs 4K isn't as dramatic of a difference as might be expected though it perhaps depends on source material, screen size, quality of upscaling, and distance from the screen. The biggest difference is the presence of HDR with 4K content, the quality of which varies quite a bit. It would be nice to see HDR mature so that we can focus on The Next Big Thing, whatever that is. How much 8K will bring to the party is hard to say. If it follows the 4K pattern, I think the most likely early benefit will be upscaled content for cleaner display on progressively larger screens.
Broadcast TV being 3 generations out looks like a short term issue. If the reports are accurate (a big "if"), ATSC 3.0 will be deployed in 40 markets by the end of 2020. That makes broadcast 4K and lossless audio possible though how content providers will adopted it isn't clear.
As for replacing disks, that seems very unlikely to me. It's starting to look like the end of the disk era is near. Disk sales are down. Oppo and Samsung have abandoned the blu-ray player market. Unfortunately, physical media are still SOTA right now offering 4K, hdr, lossless audio, Atmos / DTS:X. Streaming services offer (limited) 4K content but no lossless audio AFAIK
Yeah, we're in kind of a weird place right now.