4K seems so anti-consumer

I'll often push for new technology to come in as early as possible, even if it causes a bit of short term pain during transition. Tech has to move on. 4K is a definite exception to this rule. The more I read, the more it seems 4K is a tool to revive a struggling tv industry and shift more product. Image quality for the masses most definitely isn't what 4K is all about.

In the UK at least, I think something like 5% of people have screens 50" or above. This isn't cost driven, it's a product of smallish living spaces and the 'social' aspect of not wanting a tv to dominate the room. Depending on who you ask/how good your vision is, at the average seating distance of 9-10', a screen of 70-80" is required to begin to take advantage of the higher pixel densities of 4K. 80" physical tvs are never happening in the UK. Never, ever. Not until we can paint them on walls. Consumers are going to be buying all new 4K kit (4K blu-ray etc.) only to stick 40 inches of 2160 pixels across screen at the other end of their 10' living room. Won't anyone think of all those poor pixels that won't ever be seen?

We need tech which gives tangible improvements for the majority of people. Better colour reproduction, higher framerates. OLED is this. What is happening to OLED? On the back-burner now all manufacturers are clammering to get 4K badged sets on the market no doubt. Great. And where is 1080p60? Doesn't even exist in the blu-ray spec.

Then we get to the cost. Sure, 4K is going to drop rapidly, but it has to remain more expensive than 1080p, The industry needs to stay away from the razor-thin margins they're seeing in current HD panels.

Then there's streaming. Netflix have already said 4K@15mbps streams are coming. Hands up who thinks 4K compressed down into 15mbps of h265 magic is going to look better than 1080p at the same rate on typical screen sizes/viewing distances? Have Netflix mentioned a fatter 1080p stream? Of course not.

Then we get to broadcasting. Of which the standards haven't yet been decided. The biggest broadcaster in the UK, the BBC have said 2 things;

1. It would be irresponsible to pump licence payers money into 4K and not focus on improving 1080p.


2. 4K needs to be a much higher framerate. Increase the pixels and you increase motion blur. Read any review of new 4K sets and you'll often see comments like "We'd rather watch sports on a 1080p set". Most current 4K sets are HDMI 1.4, which is 30fps peak at 2160p. The brand new HDMI 2.0 spec is 60fps at 2160. The BBC are saying 4K needs to be 120fps+. HDMI not looking so future proof now. I'm pretty sure none of the various standards mention improved colour bit depths etc. at 1080p either.