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The word is out: Netflix is experimenting with 4K streaming.

 

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4K is a video format in higher definition than what we know as HD. It makes 1080p look bad. it is Ultra High Definition. It is the new trend in video display technology. That’s pretty much what’s available in cinema theaters, but also in high-end domestic appliances.

One main issue with domestic 4K, besides higher price, is content. Even when a room is equipped with a 4K display and reader, what can it display to use its capability? Certainly not on cable TV, and even commercial physical mediums in 4K are scarce and overpriced.

 

But Netflix is looking at offering it via streaming.

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Who never had been interrupted during a TV show by the phone or someone talking? If the first reaction is to hit pause, it might mean a preference of technology over standard over-the-air, satellite or even cabled television.
Maybe there’s some time-delayed listening involving PVRs. Maybe also “other mediums” do offer what live TV doesn’t: the practicality of watching entertainment at the viewer’s convenience.
Maybe there’s the “less browsing, more watching” or the ability to watch programs from other countries.
Let’s face it, Network TV isn’t facing the digitalization of broadcasting very well. Oh, yes, they do have all digital HD channels. They have to. Non-HD Broadcast television has been removed from existence and turned over the more modern (and better looking) HD signal.It doesn’t get the attention it deserve: anyone can get freely some major channels in real 1080p HD. Rather, people historically used satellite television or cable as the main source of televisual entertainment. But that is coming to an end. Or at least a drop.
Technology now permits to automatically record your favourites shows (PVR), or you can stream it with utility/software such as netflix for only a fraction of the monthly cost of Sat/Cable TV.
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Or one can download it – torrents are fashionable – and play it on the computer, maybe with the TV as its screen, maybe straight on the television, maybe on some specifically purposed android machine or why not a Home Theater PC made of reused old computer parts.

And people use it. But why? Because it is more practical.

What’s interesting with home theaters is to be able to watch “anything” <— anything includes youtube, netflix, your digital camera’s content or the rips of your own DVDs.

That’s why a good media center is of great value. Home Theater at its best.

Now, keeping in mind the idea that first implementation – proof of concept – shouldn’t require all brand new equipment, and going with that “all-in-one home theater” you had laying around… how do you connect your 5.1 PC into your L/R dolby audio “receiver”??
Xbox360 surround trough HDMI into the projector and back to the L/R aux input of the amplifier does wonder. However, the same strategy isn’t as applicable when comes the HTPC. Unless the computer is equipped with HDMI out – which isn’t the case here – the situation isn’t the same.
Somehow one could assume that inputting dobly to the projector would spew out dolby..? but it might not be the case. Or that dolby out might output complete silence to the surrounds, somehow.

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