Will 2016 be the year that 4K finally catches on? 4K TVs have been available for a few years now, but up until now, the amount of true 4K content has been essentially limited to streaming video from Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. At CES this week in Las Vegas, however, Samsung, Panasonic and Philips have all unveiled their Ultra HD Blu-ray players while most of the major studios have announced their first batch of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles. (Highlights include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Lego Movie, The Martian, Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Chappie and Pineapple Express.) The Samsung player and the first wave of UHD Blu-rays will hit stores in March.
That being said, many people are still advising the general public to hold off on buying just yet. Prices are high and the technology is still evolving, plus there continue to be arguments about the whether the difference in quality is even noticeable. On top of that, asking people to commit to a new physical format now that Netflix is taking over is going to be an uphill battle. The good news is that Ultra HD Blu-ray players are backwards compatible. Either way, more and more 4K content is going to be added to the various streaming services over the next year, although whether or not your internet connection can handle it is another matter. What do you think? Is the jump in quality worth the investment? Could Ultra HD Blu-ray help save physical media or is it already dead? Will you be buying a 4K TV or Blu-ray player in the near future? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.