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Old 08-08-2013, 06:18 AM   #1  
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After all 1080p has not been the world changer they hoped for. Modestly successful yes, but not the mega boom they wanted.

What can be different about 4K?
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After all 1080p has not been the world changer they hoped for. Modestly successful yes, but not the mega boom they wanted.

What can be different about 4K?
Most definitely, but since it will cater to people with 60" or larger displays and will contain new specs that require new equipment it will be a nice market. My estimation would be something around the size of the Laserdisc market or maybe a few percent higher.
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Modestly successful? How did you come to that conclusion?
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4k will definitely be marketable or the market research people wouldn't have given it the go-ahead for the companies jumping into that pond. However, that being said, I believe its marketability will be limited to certain venues, rather than the mainstream public, at least in the near (and maybe not so near) future. Considering that every piece of equipment would need replacement (sat receivers, BD players, displays, AVRs, and streaming devices), few regular HT enthusiasts will be willing to invest up front. Likewise, unless the display is very large, little gain in image quality will be seen in return (not true when HD came into being).

Still, car companies like Mazerati have done good business, even though owners are not exactly mainstream, and there will be plenty of buyers for 4k as well. Visited any friends that are in the Bel-air circuit, lately?

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True about marketing it at the HIGH END market, but I see it in the regular electronic store brochures a lot lately, and it seems to be a push at the general public.
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Modestly successful? How did you come to that conclusion?
Not as big as the studios wanted.
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Not as big as the studios wanted.
WTF do the studios care about 1080p? Studios are making movies on film which exceeds 1080p (closer to 4k). They would be more interested in the success of blu-ray than 1080p- two very separate issues. The people who care about 1080p are tv manufacturers and they are sellng a $#!&-ton of them, especially since the digital transition.
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Not as big as the studios wanted.
Nothing is as big as the studios want.
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WTF do the studios care about 1080p? Studios are making movies on film which exceeds 1080p (closer to 4k). They would be more interested in the success of blu-ray than 1080p- two very separate issues. The people who care about 1080p are tv manufacturers and they are sellng a $#!&-ton of them, especially since the digital transition.
That is my opinion as well. As far as I know, 1080p sets have been wildly successful. Way better than any other new tech launch. They even make 1080p sets in small sizes where 720p would be as good or better.
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Not as big as the studios wanted.
What would be "big enough" for the studios?

(ie. Besides an absolute worldwide dictatorship run only by them, and nobody else ).
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4K displays sure.

4K movies. Probably not.
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WTF do the studios care about 1080p? Studios are making movies on film which exceeds 1080p (closer to 4k). They would be more interested in the success of blu-ray than 1080p- two very separate issues. The people who care about 1080p are tv manufacturers and they are sellng a $#!&-ton of them, especially since the digital transition.
Sorry for any confusion - I meant BD.
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4K displays sure.

4K movies. Probably not.
Do you think there can be much 4K content?
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IMO, 4K will be successful in the projector market. Not so much for flat panel displays. I saw the 55"(?) Sony at Roberts store during the shootout, with a 4k loop from Sony, and was underwhelmed. From normal seating distances, there was very little difference.
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IMO, 4K will be successful in the projector market. Not so much for flat panel displays. I saw the 55"(?) Sony at Roberts store during the shootout, with a 4k loop from Sony, and was underwhelmed. From normal seating distances, there was very little difference.
Yep. Would have to be a very big screen to able to appreciate it from a reasonable distance. I know I will probably buy when prices come down.
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Likewise, unless the display is very large, little gain in image quality will be seen in return before HD

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