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Old 08-28-2017, 05:20 PM
 
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So, recently I purchased a 55 inch 4k TV with HDR and now I am looking at purchasing a movie in disc format which is offered in both blu ray or 4kUHD. I am curious if the difference in clarity is worth the extra money for the more expensive 4k disc. As it stands I only have a blu ray player but open to upgrading to a 4k one should it improve the picture clarity considerably. Anyone have experience or knowledge about this?
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:45 PM
 
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4k is 4096x2160 resolution. So 4k disc, played on 4k player, viewed on 4k TV is 4096x2160
HD Blue-ray player is 1920x1080
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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With a 55 inch TV you'd have to be less than 8 feet away from the TV to see a difference.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:29 AM
 
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I did some experimenting with my 4K TV and netflix 4K content vs standard 1080. You have to be extremely close to see any difference, and that causes a problem cause you hit the TV with the coffee cup when bringing it to your mouth. (Ok, that is a bit stretched.)
And in regard to the 4K content, programs with a lot of scenery like Marco Polo was more dramatic on 4K than House of Cards.

However, I have noticed a slight increase in the upscaling of a BR disc, to the 4K TV. Not much and usually only noted on landscape type scenery.
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Old 08-29-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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I did some experimenting with my 4K TV and netflix 4K content vs standard 1080.
There is significant difference between the quality of streamed video for Netfllix and a disk where the data rate is irrelevant. Just for an example the data rate for Netflix HD might be something like 6Mbps, a BR disc is something like 25Mbps. Common places you will see the quality difference is darker scenes with a lot of action that is flashing. If you want to see how well a either a 1080 or 4K TV can do you really need to use high quality source. Ironically one of those high quality sources at least for 1080 is going to be OTA broadcast with antenna.

If you have cable/satellite try switching between the same channel on the cable and OTA while watching a football game.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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I sit a good 8 to 10 feet from the TV so I might not see a large difference in screen quality. I'm thinking maybe I should just update my blu ray player to one that upscales to 4K. And I noticed 4K players just haven't come down in price to justify the cost. And who knows, in another couple of years 8k might be common.

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Old 08-29-2017, 09:15 PM
 
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cable and sat HD is compressed to 1140x1080. OTA antenna is 1920x1080 I have DISH and an antenna. I can see the difference when watching football on CBS, NBC, FOX
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:34 AM
 
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I sit a good 8 to 10 feet from the TV so I might not see a large difference in screen quality. I'm thinking maybe I should just update my blu ray player to one that upscales to 4K. ......
Your TV upscales to 4K. You don't need a new Blu-ray player. Wait until the 4K players come down in price.
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:39 AM
 
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I sit a good 8 to 10 feet from the TV so I might not see a large difference in screen quality.
With that size TV as I said that's the threshold, your eye can only see so much detail. You'd either need a bigger TV or sit closer. If you were sitting 4 feet away you would see significant difference.

That assumes the average human eye, some people may see slight improvement at 8 foot.There is charts for this and the 8 foot mark for that size TV is right at threshold.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:33 PM
 
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Your TV upscales to 4K. You don't need a new Blu-ray player. Wait until the 4K players come down in price.
... or just buy a Sony Playstation of XBox. They are 4K.
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