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The 4K elephant in the room at CES

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Everyone at CES is talking about 4K. "Content is on the way," is the refrain, but it's always in reference to Netflix, Sony Video Unlimited, or some other streaming provider. The expectation is that within 6, 12, 18 months, there will be plenty of 4K content to stream.

Cool. But that leaves one big thing that literally no one in the tech media, The Verge included, is talking about: What about buying 4K movies? And no, I'm not talking about "buying" a streamable title (I prefer to call those "perpetual rentals"). I'm talking about 4K Blu-Ray.

Look. I like streaming movies as much as the next home theater enthusiast, but there are some titles I'll always prefer to have at the highest bit rates, immune to network congestion, available for decades regardless of changing licensing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, or seasonal exclusivity agreements, I mean temporary issues. And yet...

There are no studios talking about 4K Blu-Ray titles.

There are no hardware manufacturers talking about 4K Blu-Ray players.

What happened here? Is this the future of home theater?

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