On Jul 7, 2013, at 12:49 PM, Mike Tsinberg <Mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > I wonder if 4K has similar fate.... > I think the answer has two major forks: 1. Vastly improved presentation of information; 2. A completely different way of broadcasting events. My kids gave me an Apple TV for my birthday. It does a VERY GOOD job presenting video content, and works well with my other iOS devices in terms of playing video "found" on these devices. It essentially gets transfers the streaming responsibility from the phone or tablet to the Apple TV processor and delivers it full screen. But Airplay mirroring of web sites, apps etc is constrained. On my 720P display I see a 4:3 box that fills about half there screen, and the resolution of text and graphics is soft. (note: I saw this "softness" before when using a DVI connector to my laptop). I have not tested it yet, but I suspect that the mirroring is better on a 1080P display. Given the fact that many new mobile devices are moving to much higher pixel densities (my iPad is 2048 x 1536), I think it is quite feasible that there will be demand for something like 4K for applications such as web surfing, games, etc. This added resolution may help with the quality of some TV content, but the real question i: How much help is really needed? We already know that Hollywood is far less concerned about resolution than the look of their content. They may like 4K for theatrical presentation on large screens, but there is little evidence that they need this level of resolution (and the associated transmission bandwidth) for the TV in the family room. News and talking heads - smart phone cameras are capturing real news every day. But sports is another animal, and the techniques for covering sporting events have not changed in decades - in essence, we are watching the games through the eyes of the commentators and the director who chooses the shots and replays we watch. This could change dramatically with 4K sports coverage. With 4K it should be possible to position one or a few cameras to cover the entire event WITHOUT any camera moves. To see something close up the viewer would simply zoom into the resolution, much as JPEG 2000 enables with still images. And with today's CPU and GPU engines, it would be quite easy to program a TV to follow specific players or regions of the field, much as a cameraman does today. So in short, 4K is coming… It remains to be seen which industry(s) and applications will drive the adoption… Regards Craig ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.