Comparing HDR on them there's a big difference, I was referring to the resolution difference - without taking HDR into account. If you watch something in 4K without HDR then the difference between 55" 1080p and 55" 4K is rather small.
I know that I researched it before buying it. I brought a first gen 4K tv initially, which non of the brands had HDR on, that was added with second gen tv's.
Thankfully I got to return it for a second gen tv when I discovered it didn't support 4K file formats, couldn't do netflix 4K, and couldn't do 4K with any branded 4K player.
thesudio: Oh man that sucks but great you got to swap it
Yeah I brought the Panasonic one, which I think was the only first gen 4K title with a hdmi 2.0 port from memory... which conveniently didn't have the right hdcp.
My LG doesnt have the right HDCP, and also has issues about what modes it will do 4k from the computer in - seems some combos of the 10 bit stuff will not get 60Hz, RGB works fine tho which is all you need for gaming or watching crappy web video stuff.
Also keeps defaulting to some stupid 4000px wide resolution when it is 3840 wide, which has an attrotious scaler in the TV which just seems to drop some columns rather than actually scale it. So m's become n's if they are in the wrong place on the screen and its in that mode.
Initially when I got it, the whole backlight would turn off if there was nothing lit in the left half of the screen, so snapping a window to the right and the thing would go dark if I had a black wallpaper. Was going to go back because of that and the non defeatable backlight dimming crap but a software update fixed both of those.
I'm not sure whether mine has the right HDCP. I guess I will need to check at some point.
The whole HDCP thing is, in my opinion, a serious issue that retailers and the industry in general has done a very poor job in addressing or explaining to purchasers. I suspect that there may be many people who have never heard of HDCP, but who will soon be very annoyed when they discover that the deluxe 4K telly capable that they dropped a couple of thousand dollars on won't work with the shiny new player and disks on which they have just dropped more money.
Interestingly, pirated content that doesn't require HDCP should work just fine. It's only if they try to play legitimate purchased disks that they will be in trouble, meaning there will be quite an incentive created to go for readily-available pirated material. Which is a kind of ironic consequence for what is supposed to be an anti-piracy system........
I'm watching a live Microsoft presentation at the moment and just saw them announce for Xbox that it will support bitstream with the Windows 10 Creators update early next year.
Now the Xbox One S is a serious option....
I just emailed Panasonic NZ to ask about availability of the UB700 player, which is about to be released in the UK. They tell me that they will not be releasing the UB700 in NZ, but that next year they will be offering the UB300 and UB400 for between $400 and $600.
I've never heard of the UB300 or UB400.
That news about bitstream on the XBox One S changes things up a bit too!
It means it can support more audio formats like DTS-X and Dolby Atmos. It also means it will support DTS-MA and Dolby TrueHD without 'futzing' with them by adding XBox-generated bleeps and bloops.
This https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/oct/29/planet-earth-ii-bbc-sir-david-attenborough-nature-series-wildlife-animals looks promising for the 4K / HDR types among you.
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