Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1269 (22:39)

Scott Wilkinson

Scott has discovered that DirecTV will be broadcasting the Masters Golf Tournament in 4K on April 7-10th. It will be their first UHD broadcast. Leo wonders how much that signal will be compressed. Scott contacted DirecTV and found that they will be using AGVC as the codec. But he also found out that DirecTV won't say what the bitrate is. Leo says it's like Netflix doing the same thing, and it ends up being awfully compressed and leaves people with an inaccurate and negative impression of what 4K really is. Scott also says that high dynamic range will be missing as well. Specs also says that you need a TV with HDMI 2.0 also to pick it up, and for high dynamic range, you'd need HDMI 2.0a, and nobody really has that yet. Leo says you can say it's 4K, and the resolution will be, but the compression will be overwhelming. Scott also found out that the Canadian version of ESPN, called TSN, is now broadcasting hockey games in 4K through Bell and Rogers.

Scott is also hearing that the HDR black levels in the UHD Bluray players is inconsistent right now, but he thinks that over time, engineers will get better at a more accurate depiction.