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Old 02-06-2019, 04:25 PM   #1  
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Default 4K 8k whatís the point?

I have a 4K tv and the only thing I can find broadcast in 4K is on
Netflix and itís limited.

Why buy a 4K TV to watch 1080i ?

Help me understand.

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I have a 4K tv and the only thing I can find broadcast in 4K is on
Netflix and it’s limited.

Why buy a 4K TV to watch 1080i ?

Help me understand.

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the only way to actually experience full 4K capability is to viewing it on 4k hardware, most 4K sets simply upgrade viewing to "near 4K' quality and ain't the same. A lotta 4K material through netflix and other like sources are usually compressed. Most providers are not 4K capable, they have just converted to HD and won't move to 4K anytime soon too much $$$. So 8K is a long way off.
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I have a 4K tv and the only thing I can find broadcast in 4K is on
Netflix and itís limited.

Why buy a 4K TV to watch 1080i ?

Help me understand.

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There are other sources for 4K content:

Amazon Prime
You Tube
Ultra HD Blu-ray
Direct TV

Just to name a few. There are others.
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There are other sources for 4K content:

Amazon Prime
You Tube
Ultra HD Blu-ray
Direct TV

Just to name a few. There are others.
I appreciate your responses. I do find that my 4K set seems to have better clarity then my old Sony 1080i.
I trust that itís not just my imagination.
People ask me these questions because In am pretty geeky with computers and I buy Decent surround gear.
Does 1080 content look better on a 4K set?
Thanks, I learn a lot on this forum.
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I appreciate your responses. I do find that my 4K set seems to have better clarity then my old Sony 1080i.
I trust that itís not just my imagination.
People ask me these questions because In am pretty geeky with computers and I buy Decent surround gear.
Does 1080 content look better on a 4K set?
Thanks, I learn a lot on this forum.
First . . . how far are you sitting away from your 4KTV? The measurement is from where your eyes are on your couch/chair to the front of the display.

Second . . . which Sony TV did you have?

Third . . . Which content providers are you using to feed images to your TV (examples: Netflix, DVD/Blu-ray player, antenna, Cable etc.)

Answering these questions will assist us with your question:

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First . . . how far are you sitting away from your 4KTV? The measurement is from where your eyes are on your couch/chair to the front of the display.

Second . . . which Sony TV did you have?

Third . . . Which content providers are you using to feed images to your TV (examples: Netflix, DVD/Blu-ray player, antenna, Cable etc.)

Answering these questions will assist us with your question:
Iím 12 feet from my 60 inch tv.
My last tv was a Sony 60 inch Grand Wega 1080i circa 2005
Source is pretty much Netflix, Amazon , or Att U-Verse

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Iím 12 feet from my 60 inch tv.
My last tv was a Sony 60 inch Grand Wega 1080i circa 2005
Source is pretty much Netflix, Amazon , or Att U-Verse

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At that distance you are not going to see any extra resolution. You need to be at least 3 to 5 feet closer.

I do recommend you buy an indoor HDTV antenna and hook it up to your TV. The HD from local broadcasts is better than what you are seeing using your content providers. This one from Amazon, which is also available from Walmart works vey well. You just attach it to the inside of a nearby window:

https://www.amazon.com/Strongest-Amp...47375940&psc=1

The biggest benefits of 4K Ultra HD over HD are High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut. Here is a thread to explain them. Both do not require any change in your seating arrangement:

https://www.highdefforum.com/ultra-h...ml#post1421619

Both Netflix and Amazon offer HDR UHD programming. Just requires a minimum internet speed of at least 25 megabits/second. 50 is better. Check with your internet provider about upgrading your service if this interests you.
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My 1971 Mach I thanks you , Lee.
I’m also reading about upscaling in the newer sets.
I’m lookingt at 75 inch TV for my main viewing area and based on what you’re telling me, I’ll stick to a 4K OLED and not chase the more expensive 8k .

I’ll skip the antenna for now as I’d rather use my DVr than go OTA for the locals. We don’t watch enough Network TV to justify an antenna and a Tvo .
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Here's a good article. It has a lot about TV size and distance. Also your personal vision has a lot to do with it.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmu.../#73e92a761801
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Here's a good article. It has a lot about TV size and distance. Also your personal vision has a lot to do with it.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmu.../#73e92a761801
That's a good article-- and I believe it. But, how many people are sitting 4 feet from their new 65" 4K OLED TV for the "optimal" viewing experience? (not I for one)
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I feel that by sitting that close you actually have to 'pan and scan' because if your that close your viewing from 4' from a 65" panel you will see images more or less in the outer edges of your line of sight and not full on. So you'll be swivelling your head to take in everything on the screen ?
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