No 4K Streaming Until 2020?

And by 2020 8K should be the new 4K.

This 2020 prediction for 4K comes from Thomas Edwards of Fox Networks.

With Apple’s lack of buy-in to 4K, and the general lack of 4K content, 4K still has more challenges than it should.

Jan Ozer expressed a similar sentiment in April of 2015:

UHD 4K is being encoded by Netflix at 15Mbps. Can they deliver 15Mbps? They had trouble delivering 2 1/2 Mbps. [They are] averaging 3.4Mbps over FIOS, which is one of the fastest systems out there. Even if the TV sets were out there, even if the content was out there, can you deliver 15Mbps video to these UHD sets? The answer is unless you have your own pipes, probably not.

Jan Ozer has a very interesting presentation you can read here.

The take home message appears to be that unless you’re willing to put in extra effort to take advantage of your 4K television, or unless you’re working in media production, it really isn’t 4K’s time yet.  There’s no rush for most people to get a 4K, and we’re saying that as 4K enthusiasts.

Google Chrome 4K Tip

Thanks to Francois Beaufort for this tip that works with the developer channel version of the Chrome Browser:

The chromium team is currently working on smoother video frame rendering for HTML5 videos in Dev Channel. You can try it now by enabling the experimental flag named “New video rendering path for video elements” at chrome://flags/#enable-new-video-renderer and restart Chrome.

In practice, that means that if your computer was on the edge of playing 4K60, 4K, 1080p60 videos on YouTube for instance (hiccup every few seconds), it should now play smoothly.

If that’s not the case, please report an issue at http://crbug.com/new or press + + i.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1083383005

Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector LSPX-W1S

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Sitting less than one foot from the wall and projecting a 147 inch 4K image, this is an interesting projector for sure.  At $50,000 it’s out of reach of most consumers but hopefully within a few short years there will me a more reasonable prospect.

This new projector utilizes laser technology rather than the conventional xenon lamps.  Laser projection appears to have several advantages over xenon projection including better brightness, lamp life, and energy efficiency.

You can read more about this project on Sony’s page for the LSPX W1S.