4K

Replacing Vs. Repairing Your TV

If your home television is not working anymore, you may question whether to buy a new screen or call up the classic "TV Repairmen" (a lost art). While the fix might be easy with a little digging, anything complex may cost way too much or be too troublesome to get repaired. Televisions are pretty inexpensive these days so a good approach is to find great deals on a quality TV. A good, relatively cheap brand is TCL, though Samsung, Hisense, and LG are also reliable. Just don't hang the Television over a fireplace!

Scott Wilkinson ... Upscaled

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1739

Scott joins Leo to talk about this year's World Series, and how it's being streamed in 4K HDR. But it isn't being shot in 4K. In fact, on Fox, it's still being broadcast in 720p. But it is being shot in 1080p HDR. The 1080p HDR raw video is being upscaled to 4K for the stream. You can get it on the Fox Sports App. But the 4K AppleTV may not give you HDR. So go with the Roku Ultra if you have it.

Also, previous games are not streamed in 4K HDR, only the live stream.

Scott Wilkinson ... Revoked

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1693

Scott joins Leo and chimes in on a court case over whether people actually "own" the DVDs and digital media that they buy. In the fine print, it says that you don't really own your media, you own a license to play that media, which can be revoked at any time. But Leo says that physical media is an actual thing you own and can hand down to your heirs. Scott agrees and believes that's why physical media continues to hang on. People like to own things. The other advantage of digital media is that it can be transferred from one media format to another.

Should I Upgrade My Blu-Ray Discs to 4k?

Blu-ray

Episode 1693

Tom from California

Tom wants to know how much better 4K Blu-Ray is over standard blu-ray. Should he upgrade? Leo says that 4K is 4 times more resolution than standard Blu-ray, but the big difference is the higher dynamic range (HDR). The colors are bolder, the blacks are blacker, and viewers can see more detail in extreme brightness and low light. But everything in the chain has to support 4K. The TV, the cables, the player. But Leo believes we're finally at the end of the road for physical media. So if anyone wants to upgrade to 4K for one last copy, do it because they want the HDR upgrade.

What TV Should I Buy?

TCL

Episode 1691

Charles from Virginia Beach, VA

Charles wants to get a new TV. But he's confused. LED. LCD. OLED? Leo says there are really only two technologies OLED and LED. LEDs are less expensive and work better in bright ambient light. OLEDs are better image quality and color, but he will need to darken the room. Then there's resolution. Most TVs now are 4K. That translates to a sharper image and with HDR, there's bolder colors and better blacks. It also gives better detail in bright light or darker scenes. Leo recommends TCL, it has Roku built-in and they are very affordable. Another option is HiSense.

What's the Best 4K Streaming Box?

Roku

Episode 1685

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Which is better, the NVIDIA Shield or the Roku Ultra? Leo says both are 4K streaming devices. Leo really likes the Nvidia Shield. It's got the Integra processor and runs Android TV. But Roku has more channels and is 1/3 of the price. NVIDIA though, has better gaming, if you're into that. But if not, then the Roku Ultra is a better buy. How about mesh routers? Leo says that the Netgear Orbi has Wifi 6, but it's pretty expensive. The Eero is "smarter," in Leo's opinion. 

Scott Wilkinson ... Can you Tell the Difference?

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1673

Scott says that TV makers are leading the way to 8K TVs now. But the question is, can the human eye even see the difference between 4K and 8K? Scott says probably not. In fact, Warner Brothers tested 130 people and found that most people either couldn't tell the difference or found 8K TVs only slightly better. And some judged 4K better than 8K. But that could actually be a blind guess. People with 2010 vision sitting 5' from the screen could see the difference, but only slightly. So Scott says we've reached the limit of how the human eye can see the resolution. 

Scott Wilkinson and the Super Stream

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1665

Scott Wilkinson joins Leo to talk about the Super Bowl and how he usually just watches the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. But this year, he's interested in the game because of the 4K HDR streaming options you can enjoy. Leo says it's through the Roku Ultra and the FoxSports app. It'll also be broadcast in 60p. So 4K 60p and HDR. But it almost didn't happen, as Fox Sports and Roku had to sign a last-minute deal to enable it to happen. But Roku isn't the only option. Amazon Fire enabled sticks and TVs will also be able to do it.

Will my AV receiver handle 4K HDR?

Denon AVR-S940H

Episode 1664

G Scott from S Lake Tahoe, NV

G Scott wants to know if he can stream 4K with Dolby without any special devices. Leo says if you have a 4K streaming box, you can plug them into your AV receiver, and if it has audio return, it should do Dolby. But Leo says he bought an all-new AV system for it. But remember that live broadcast TV won't be shot in 4K; it'll be upscaled to it. Then you'll need a 4K capable smart box.