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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 13-03-2019, 21:02 Thread Starter
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4K TV quandary.

Not really a computer querie but close.
I was thinking about treating us to a larger and 4k. TV. But I see the 4k format is 3840 x 2160 dpi and our old Humax Foxsat HDR is only 1080p.
So I was wondering whats the point in spending on a 4k TV when the input is limited.
Unless I then buy an upgraded Humax and wonder if they come with 4k. capability.

Any bright people out there?

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That inquiry prompted me to do some searching, the Humax 1080i gives the highest output but it appears to be much lower than the 4K available when streaming. So recording "off air" to the Humax would not appear to offer more than 1080i output whereas streaming at a MINIMUM of 25mbs from Amazon Prime or Netflix will give the full 4K for the screen.

It would need to be connected directly to the streaming service for maximal output, not via the Humax

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Thanks Dave for really confirming my suspicions.
Even if we had good and fast broadband I would still refuse to pay for Netflix or any other paid for streaming service.

Looks like we are stuck with 1080 for now. But I do fancy a larger tele.

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A larger tele would work but only at the lower resolution - it would be worth seeing what difference that makes it may not be totally unacceptable......

I am mindful of supposed benefits for listening to the haunted fish tank - such advances appear to make absolutely no difference to me in the same way that high quality stereo c/w normal stereo makes no difference to me at all - probably confirns that my hearing is to use the technical medical term; knackered......
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Netflix etc supplies SOME content in 4K but the only way you can get it is via fibre broadband.

I went for a 4K television about 12 months ago, more as a “future proofing” exercise than a desire to watch everything in 4K. The cost differential was negligible, so I went for it.

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P.s. There certainly IS a difference between HD and 4K, but I do have super fast fibre broadband.
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As Andy says, it's future proofing.

I bought a large 4K TV a couple of years or so ago and was bowled over by it and have replaced most of our other TV's now with 4K ones. It's obviously only worth it though if you have a 4K source. I have Netflix where we get most of it from and am switching to Sky Q in a couple of weeks. I also have a 4k Roku player and watched some of Wimbledon and the World Cup on the iPlayer 4k streams. I also have a 4K blu-ray player but am not prepared to pay the extra for the 4k blu-ray disks!. Given the way that the technology is going and also the mostly superior quality of 4K, I wouldn't consider buying a new TV if it didn't have 4K capability. At the moment you obviously need a reasonable broadband speed to stream so fibre I would suggest.
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Thanks guys and with your comments and I will not be splashing out on any larger and 4k. TV just yet. Dave we already have a 70" that gives a brilliant picture and a real pleasure to watch especially with sub titles after 3 months in Portugal watching a 32" TV. No ghosting fish tank at all and handy in a 9m main room with 200 channels.
Because we are stuck with Freesat or Freeview and might not see a 4K broadcast in years, the temptation is now halved. I would quite like the larger 82" TV but it's not worth the extra outlay for little gain.

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morning ray and all

interesting reading

when i go into the tv shops i love to look at the quality of the large tv pictures

but i would not think i would get the benefit of the extra 4k screen

i would have thought that the later screens would give a better picture for a given tv signal but not worth the extra outlay unless you were in the market for a new tv

ray

its getting nice and warm here in armacao now

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Hi Barry.
Yes we see the temps have improved but I bet it's starting to fill up with visitors now. It's a double edged sword leaving when we do and we could stay longer apart from all the bureaucracy back home. Plus I like our big tele.

Looking at the display TVs in the shops, most are fed from a 4k DVD loop and put on an impressive show. But as has been decided until we get a 4k source I think we will stay happy with our current TVs.


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You have a 70" TV Ray and its not big enough?

Wont you need to reinforce the house foundations for anything bigger?
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