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  Reply # 1057502 1-Jun-2014 13:13
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As I mentioned the screen needs to be 100" plus to be curved. It's meant to give you a movie like experience as the screen at the movies is slightly curved, but you need a large screen to get the same effect at home.

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  Reply # 1057506 1-Jun-2014 13:17
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I don't think my ceiling is high enough to take the size needed to make a curved screen make any sense.




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  Reply # 1057508 1-Jun-2014 13:21
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Curved screens were introduced as a marketing differentiation between LED and OLED. They have absolutely no value beyond that.
Now that OLED looks like it isn't going to be a mass-market success (any time soon), the need for this differentiation is rather suspect. It makes the decision to use curved screens with LED look farcical and desperate.

We put up with decades of poor geometry with Cathode Ray Tubes and now the manufacturers want to bring that problem back. Just say no.

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  Reply # 1057689 1-Jun-2014 20:17
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I pick 4K as something that may work in a few years time - when the screen prices have come down a bit and content is still widely available. I wouldn't buy it yet.

Plus, it wouldn't surprise me if (as HDCP is comprehensively broken), when the content is available, the studios come out with a new craptastic DRM scheme for it. This would mean that early adopters would be in the same boat as early HDTV adopters, who paid a fortune for sets that could only take HD signals over component and lacked HDMI - marooned with an expensive set that won't work with the content.

So my view on 4K is yes, but not yet.

Curved screens, on the other hand, just seem daft. Yet another marketing ploy to differentiate sets and extract premium prices by offering a "feature" that doesn't really work in practice. Shades of 3D.

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  Reply # 1057697 1-Jun-2014 20:57
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But they do fit nicely in corners.....

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  Reply # 1057700 1-Jun-2014 21:02
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JimmyH:
Plus, it wouldn't surprise me if (as HDCP is comprehensively broken), when the content is available, the studios come out with a new craptastic DRM scheme for it. This would mean that early adopters would be in the same boat as early HDTV adopters, who paid a fortune for sets that could only take HD signals over component and lacked HDMI - marooned with an expensive set that won't work with the content.


HDCP 2.2 has been around for a short while and seems to be the DRM version for 4K Content. There are devices already on the market which support it (Sony 4K TV's, Onkyo AMPs, Sony 4K Media Player etc)

The Problem with the Older HDCP 1.X is the private keys got out ..



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  Reply # 1057833 2-Jun-2014 11:07
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JimmyH: I pick 4K as something that may work in a few years time - when the screen prices have come down a bit and content is still widely available.


maybe in overseas markets but for nz methinks you be very optimistic.

given the glacial movement to hd by local broadcasters we may never see large scale uhd content in godzone.

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  Reply # 1057851 2-Jun-2014 11:22
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We spent decades putting up with curved screens and trying to make them as flat as possible, now this.

Samsung can't even tell us what the benefit is.

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  Reply # 1057852 2-Jun-2014 11:25
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ilovemusic:
JimmyH: I pick 4K as something that may work in a few years time - when the screen prices have come down a bit and content is still widely available.


maybe in overseas markets but for nz methinks you be very optimistic.

given the glacial movement to hd by local broadcasters we may never see large scale uhd content in godzone.


4K content will not be coming over the airwaves, it will be coming via the net. The UFB is well underway and in 5 years time 100M+ speeds will be pretty common. Netflix is rumoured to launch here next year and they already have 4K content. YouTube also has 4K content. It will happen.

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  Reply # 1057900 2-Jun-2014 12:38
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steve98:
ilovemusic:
JimmyH: I pick 4K as something that may work in a few years time - when the screen prices have come down a bit and content is still widely available.


maybe in overseas markets but for nz methinks you be very optimistic.

given the glacial movement to hd by local broadcasters we may never see large scale uhd content in godzone.


4K content will not be coming over the airwaves, it will be coming via the net. The UFB is well underway and in 5 years time 100M+ speeds will be pretty common. Netflix is rumoured to launch here next year and they already have 4K content. YouTube also has 4K content. It will happen.


Netflix has 4K content at the moment (House of Cards) (On some TV's/Players) and Youtube has had 4K for a long time now.

Yes there is a lack of mainstream content but there is plenty of other content which is in 4K. 



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  Reply # 1057911 2-Jun-2014 13:00
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Is there even a Blu-Ray standard out for 4K?

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  Reply # 1057915 2-Jun-2014 13:06
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DjShadow: Is there even a Blu-Ray standard out for 4K?


No. Extremely unlikely there will be a physical medium for 4K - likely to be digitally delivered only.

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  Reply # 1057960 2-Jun-2014 14:05
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steve98: We spent decades putting up with curved screens and trying to make them as flat as possible, now this.

Samsung can't even tell us what the benefit is.


with 4K you can sit very close to the screen without quality loss, the curve gives a better viewing experience and a surround viewing feeling. I did this the other day at Harvey Normans and it was veri good if you are sitting near to the centre of the screen, the picture fades a bit at wide viewing angles though.




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  Reply # 1058025 2-Jun-2014 15:14
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steve98:
ilovemusic:
JimmyH: I pick 4K as something that may work in a few years time - when the screen prices have come down a bit and content is still widely available.


maybe in overseas markets but for nz methinks you be very optimistic.

given the glacial movement to hd by local broadcasters we may never see large scale uhd content in godzone.


4K content will not be coming over the airwaves, it will be coming via the net. The UFB is well underway and in 5 years time 100M+ speeds will be pretty common. Netflix is rumoured to launch here next year and they already have 4K content. YouTube also has 4K content. It will happen.


This has got to be right. You can't hold back the tide on this sort of thing - it's like speed on the 'net. I think 3D was different because it was a sideshow, not really mainstream. Maybe 3D will be back if it really can be no-glasses and 'sit anywhere'.

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  Reply # 1058144 2-Jun-2014 18:47
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Passive glasses without the screen door effect would be fine by me. But the tvs I have tried passive 3d on have all disabled motionplus/whatever LG call it when turning on 3d so it's really hard to watch




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