With the acceleration of technology by hardware manufacturers pushing the lifespan of hardware to shorter and shorter lifespans. Will the push of 8K displays have a negative effect on 4K content? We are finally seeing more and more 4K displays being sold and the expansion of 4K content via streaming and disc format for home consumption. The last quarter of 2019 we will have films like Scareface, Wizard Of Oz, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Abyss, Daniel Craig 007 collection and the Shinning coming to 4K blu-ray. Will studios pull back on 4K blu-ray releases because of the push of 8K displays? Did this factor in on the lack of a 80th Anniversary Gone With The Wind 4K release? As it is a large percentage of Americans do not have high speed internet or high enough bandwidth to stream HD and especially 4K content. So how will most people be able to stream 8K content which doesn’t exist other than some videos on YouTube. And are there any disc formats in existence that can deliver 8K content to consumers homes? But the main concern is what effect the incoming 8K displays will have on 4K blu-rays or even possibly 4K streaming. I see this being more of a concern for 4K blu-ray than streaming as it is a matter of creating physical discs the studios fear may sit unpurchased. Currently there is no release information to my knowledge for the months of November and December of 2019.
I can only speak for myself when I say that good solid 4K blu-rays will not be replaced by any 8K discs once they are made available. I would rather buy titles I currently do not own instead of continuously buying the same titles over and over again. I am not interested in 8K content at this time and in no rush to purchase an 8K display since I just got my Sony 4K OLED back on the 16th of January of 2019. Maybe in a few years I might consider an 8K display once there are reasonable prices for 100″ displays and I have my HDMI board on my Marantz SR-8012 upgraded to 8K switching.
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