Anonymous said: I know you're big against 4K, so what are your thoughts on the recent announcement of 4K Blu-ray?
Well, I want to make something very, very clear. I have no problems with 4K. It’s a wonderful, flexible resolution that I have worked in and loved it. It’s great for theatrical distribution and I look forward to theaters converting from 2K to 4K projectors (which a lot of them are doing). The high resolution will definitely benefit the huge screen size.
I take issue with 4K television at the current time because I don’t think most people are going to be buying TV’s big enough to make the investment worth it, and there’s a real lack of content available. I know that certain TV channels have done experiments with it (including where I’ve worked) but until H.265 becomes widely available the bandwidth requirements are too large, and until the TV’s really penetrate the market, no channel’s really gonna invest in it. I’ve written a whole thing about it in greater detail, so please read that here.
Now as for the format itself, I feel excited to have a pretty decent way to make the investment 4KTV somewhat justifiable, but with physical media’s market continuing to get smaller and smaller, while platforms such as digital delivery services like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, and others get larger and larger, with Netflix even offering 4K streams on select hardware, I don’t think it’s going to make that big of an impact. I’m excited about the expanded colorspace, and higher compression yields more than the actual resolution though. I don’t think many people are going to want to buy new Blu-ray players for the format when pretty soon Netflix, iTunes, and other streaming platforms are going to offer it without upgrading hardware (or the cost to upgrade hardware will not be expensive).
It’ll be interesting to see if this catches on, but I really think only niche videophiles like me will really care.