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I was wasting time in a Best Buy the other day when I happened upon a display of the 4K tv's.

After watching the demo repeat a couple times and being very impressed with the quality, it donned on me. Other than the store's demo loop, where would you get content to take advantage of the TV's remarkable abilities?
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I was wasting time in a Best Buy the other day when I happened upon a display of the 4K tv's.

After watching the demo repeat a couple times and being very impressed with the quality, it donned on me. Other than the store's demo loop, where would you get content to take advantage of the TV's remarkable abilities?

Currently there isn't really any native sources of 4k other then PC's (like games and 4K photos ect. and the occasional demo video). 4K Blu-ray's are coming but there isn't a sure time line that I'm aware of. 4k streaming is also making its first steps but until movie studios start to make theater grade digital recordings available for streaming services there will be very little real content (peoples internet bandwidth is also an concern). I don't expect regular TV content to make the switch to 4k for a long time due to the added production cost and difficulty.

As for broadcasters? Well I would not hold my breath. Most stations wont even air proper 1080p (instead sending 1080i or 720p) so expecing them to send out 4k that needs 4 times the data of 1080p well its not going to happen any time soon.
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Currently there isn't really any native sources of 4k other then PC's (like games and 4K photos ect.). 4K Blu-ray's are coming but there isn't a sure time line that I'm aware of. 4k streaming is also making its first steps but until movie studios start to make theater grade digital recordings available for streaming services there will be very little real content (peoples internet bandwidth is also an concern). I don't expect regular TV content to make the switch to 4k for a long time due to the added production cost and difficulty.

As for broadcasters? Well I would not hold my breath. Most stations wont even air proper 1080p (instead sending 1080i or 720p) so expecing them to send out 4k that needs 4 times the data of 1080p well its not going to happen any time soon.

This. Maybe some special professional sport events like the Super Bowl but nothing more in terms of TV.
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Streamed 4K using something like Redray file compression is probably going to be the way forward eventhough Triple layer 100GB 4K BD discs are being prepared as a medium for Cinema fans. Satellite throughput would provide another challenge probably requiring the worlds satellite operators to expand their fleets (with a 2 - 4 year satellite build time dont expect to see native 4K TV before 2018 at the earliest).
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