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Be patient. UHD is inevitable. It will start out as pay per view, then maybe a premium channel or two, and eventually there will be a 100 or so channels. Once a provider offers HEVC tuners and a few channels, they'll all have to follow suit.

OTA in UHD will likely take 5+ years.
 

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8k displays will not exist as televisions, they will be some form of projection into the retina (like google glass) or virtual reality as you can't see the difference unless you're 2 feet in and because of the screen size, at 2 feet you're cutting off the edges in your peripheral vision... so the only way you can truly experience 8k is with virtual reality.
 

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Be patient. UHD is inevitable. It will start out as pay per view, then maybe a premium channel or two, and eventually there will be a 100 or so channels. Once a provider offers HEVC tuners and a few channels, they'll all have to follow suit.

OTA in UHD will likely take 5+ years.
Perhaps longer.

While broadcasters are working on ATSC 3.0, it would also mean once again replacing all broadcast tuners in existence as the new standard would require new compression and transmission algorithms that are not backwards-compatible with ATSC 1.0.

In short, another converter box program and multi-year phased rollout at best.

For most their sources of UHD content will be streaming, satellite, cable and UHD Blu-ray, and of course HDR throws another wrinkle into all this.

For example, Comcast just announced UHD cable boxes:

Comcast to launch 4K UHD Set-Top Box
 

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Perhaps longer.

While broadcasters are working on ATSC 3.0, it would also mean once again replacing all broadcast tuners in existence as the new standard would require new compression and transmission algorithms that are not backwards-compatible with ATSC 1.0.

In short, another converter box program and multi-year phased rollout at best.
It wouldn't have to work that way. The networks could just start broadcasting UHD and only those with UHD OTA tuners would be able to use it. Not saying it's going to work that way. Just saying it's possible. The networks are going to have to create a UHD feed anyway for cable.

For example, Comcast just announced UHD cable boxes:
Comcast to launch 4K UHD Set-Top Box
Awesome. I wonder if these boxes will handle HEVC on some channels and MPEG on others.
 

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Perhaps longer.

While broadcasters are working on ATSC 3.0, it would also mean once again replacing all broadcast tuners in existence as the new standard would require new compression and transmission algorithms that are not backwards-compatible with ATSC 1.0.

In short, another converter box program and multi-year phased rollout at best.

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And this time the government will probably not be subsidizing the transition, which worsens the chicken and egg problem.

Why can't we have nice things?

on the other hand, the Japanese don't have anything to watch except wacky game shows and anime. Not that anime isn't good, but does it actually look better in 8k vs 4k?
 

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Be patient. UHD is inevitable. It will start out as pay per view, then maybe a premium channel or two, and eventually there will be a 100 or so channels. Once a provider offers HEVC tuners and a few channels, they'll all have to follow suit.

OTA in UHD will likely take 5+ years.
Awesome, that means we'll be in store for some sweet 2160i content. ;)
 

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To play off of my comment above, how the hell are we going to get this 4K content when the cable providers cant even give us 1080p on every channel? 95% of the HD channels are 1080i and 720p and have been for years.
 
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