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Old 09-03-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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Will Over The Air ever broadcast in 4K?
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I don't think so, they are still trying to recover from the costs of going digital.

Now to go to 4K would be very costly to some of the smaller markets.

Some of the smaller stations are still in 720 and don't plan on going to 1080 any time soon.
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I don't think so, they are still trying to recover from the costs of going digital.

Now to go to 4K would be very costly to some of the smaller markets.

Some of the smaller stations are still in 720 and don't plan on going to 1080 any time soon.
I always thought 720p looked better than 1080i. OTA signals aren't compressed as are subscription cable programming.

The 2018 PyeongChang Olympic games were broadcast in 4K HDR. I didn't have a 4K TV or the cable equipment to realize the PQ available.
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Old 09-07-2018, 06:33 AM   #5
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OTA signals aren't compressed as are subscription cable programming.
Years ago when I moved from a home with cable and went to a large C dish I immediately noticed the difference. Now I got rid of the large disk and only watch OTA and a few streamed sources. When I visit someone watching cable or dish I see the compression. When I tell them about the compression and the boosted contrast to hide it, I don't think they believe me. Most believe that since they are paying (thru the nose) for the service that it must be better.
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There are some satellites broadcasting in 4K (UHD) here is a list, I don't know how up to date it is.

https://www.lyngsat.com/uhd/index.html

Some are viewable in the US, (129W to 30W) some are not, some you will need the "C" band dish to receive them, and a satellite receiver capable to receive the UHD channels on your 4K TV.
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On another note, if your local station(s) decides to broadcast some 4K programming, it will require a new HDTV with an ATSC 3.0 tuner in it, or a set top converter box to use the old ATSC 1.0 (current HDTV format) antenna input on your existing HDTV.

The good thing is that the FCC mandates that the stations still need to broadcast in ATSC 1.0 for 5 years after starting the 4K broadcasts.
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On another note, if your local station(s) decides to broadcast some 4K programming, it will require a new HDTV with an ATSC 3.0 tuner in it, or a set top converter box to use the old ATSC 1.0 (current HDTV format) antenna input on your existing HDTV.

The good thing is that the FCC mandates that the stations still need to broadcast in ATSC 1.0 for 5 years after starting the 4K broadcasts.
Seems lt is best to wait until 4K broadcasts are common before getting a 4K capable TV with a ATSC tuner.
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They might be a lot cheaper also.
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As soon as Broadcasters implement ATSC 3.0 4K OTA will begin. Probably by the end of next year. The chip makers are working on chip sets that can handle ATSC 3.0. Should be news from the January 2019 CES show. Need to see 4KTVs that have those chip sets introduced during the show.
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