Sony 65-inch 4K TV – The 4K TV Content Quandary
The elephant in the room with any Ultra HDTV remains the issue of content — specifically, content that’s mastered to take full advantage of those 8 million pixels.
If you check out a 4K TV review from different outlets, you’ll often see the same footage being run on the televisions being tested. That’s because there isn’t a whole lot of native 4K TV content out there. The file sizes are huge, the pipelines to deliver the files are small (or subject to download caps) and there isn’t yet a disc standard available in stores for buying 4K movies.
Sony actually sells a 4K Ultra HD Media Player (pictured at right and priced at $700) that’s essentially a 2 TB hard drive preloaded with 10 Ultra HDTV movies and access to Sony’s own Video Unlimited 4K network. But it’s just a band-aid solution with limited content and the problem of bandwidth still an issue.
In the meantime, upscaling of Blu-ray movies still looks pretty good and Sony is releasing some ‘mastered for 4K’ Blu-rays that remain 1080p but are intended to bring out the best in a 4K TV. And there’s always the hope that Netflix (NFLX) will come to the rescue with Ultra HD streaming. Netflix Ultra HD streaming could strike a compromise between quality and bandwidth to deliver content to 4K TV owners that looks better than old school 1080p HDTV.