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Old 09-22-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Wappingers Falls, NY
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50 megabit internet is pretty common these days, and is all you need to reliably stream 4k video at a reasonable bitrate and compression. The compression codecs used for this are not really lossy at all, they just require a decent bit of horsepower at the consumer endpoint to process: hence most 4k devices being relatively powerful processor-wise versus 1080p devices.

I've even seen 4k streamed over 30 meg internet....it works, provided you're not using it for much else at the time.

FYI ALL video gets streamed over the internet compressed. 100% of it. Seriously. If people tried to stream uncompressed video bigger than say 360p, it'd probably break the entire Internet.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:09 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Every day you wait the price goes down.
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Old 09-23-2016, 05:40 AM
 
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After doing a comparison with the same content playing side-by-side, I decided that 4k is just not that much better than 1080 to justify the cost, especially since we mostly watch TV while doing other things and don't watch a lot of movies. The modern 1080 display is sooo much better than the old CRT TVs that we watched for over 40 years, we really see no reason to need anything better.
In the category of 55" televisions 4K resolution is about $100 option. Since the TV is likely to be good for a decade (at least in a spare bedroom), it is not an unreasonable amount of money to invest in the future.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) televisions are considerably more expensive. I could understand not wanting to invest that much money in a TV until the price goes down and the next thing comes along which will probably be video walls or Hollow Decks (like Star Trek TNG).

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Old 09-23-2016, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I doubt Hollodeck are going to be the next big thing. I think we're still a ways from that.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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I'm still torned between 4k or 4k hdr..
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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LOL
Do you have the money for HDR? Do it. Prefer to save however much it is because you haven't told us prices... don't.
It's not like you're goin g to get the 4K home and be all "O man! This sucks!"
uhh.. no.
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Old 09-23-2016, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I would definitely go the HDR. Most 4k BluRays have HDR. So does the Xbox One S
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:26 AM
 
Location: NYC
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If you're not technical enough don't bother for 4K right now. Get the best 1080p screen because 4K content just isn't there and pricey to enjoy as many 4K BD players cost above $200 and there's not much 4K content to watch. For gaming, the content may not show up until next year and the 1st 4K consoles are not capable of doing 4K properly. I play 4K PC games on a very high end PC and it looks gorgeous but it's not smooth enough even for a high end system that cost over $1500 to build. Many old games don't work on 4K and looks blurry on it.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:46 PM
 
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Default lay out your options

It helps to lay out your options (55" LG televisions) with as many prices as you can find.

It seems fairly brainless that if you lay out $600 for a 1080p then it is worth $700 for an entry level 4K UHD HDR . Even if you don't have much 4K programming today, your television should last many years.

Usually you can easily see what is out of your price range. It is highly unlikely that the top of the line is worth $700 more than the second in line. At that end you are mostly paying for prestige.

$2999.99 E6 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) OLED55E6P
$2299.99 B6 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) OLED55B6P
$2299.99 C6 Curved OLED 4K HDR Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) OLED55C6P
$1199.99 Super UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH8500
$999.99 Super UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH7700
$799.99 4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH6550
$699.99 4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH6150
$599.99 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55LH5750

Curved OLED 4K Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55EG9600
Curved OLED 1080p Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55EG9100
Curved OLED 1080p Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55EC9300
OLED 4K Smart TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55EF9500
Super UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH7650
4K UHD Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UF7600
4K UHD Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UF6800
4K UHD HDR Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH615A
4K UHD Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH6030
4K UHD Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55UH6090
1080p Smart LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55LF6100
1080p LED TV - 55" Class (54.6" Diag) 55LF6000
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Old 10-07-2016, 05:51 AM
 
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Default reasonable priced 4K televisions

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C6XHQWS...ing=UTF8&psc=1

TCL has been an industry leader in low cost 4K televisions being the first ones to price a model under $1K.

With the cost of 4K blue ray players exorbitant and the disk prices very high, you are more than likely to get 4K video content from a streaming service.

TCL prices there modeal from $400/$500/$600 in 43"/50"/55" diagonal screen size. All models have a built in ROKU so you can access your streaming services like Netflix, Amazon prime, Vudu, ESPN, HBO Now. The tv gets good reviews for picture quality, but the lack of multiple bells and whistles keeps the price affordable.
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