physical media

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.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1477

Bad news in home theater as OPPO has announced they are closing their doors, gradually ceasing operations. So the question is, do you buy an existing OPPO player or not? Scott says that they will be honoring their 2-year warranties on existing purchases. But after that, it's all over for what many considered to be one of the best manufacturers of DVD players in the world. Leo says that's because streaming has albeit taken over physical media and most people aren't buying DVDs anymore.

Should I buy a Blu-ray burner?

Blu-rays

Episode 1151

George from Houston, TX

George would like to burn Blu-ray DVDs. Why can't he do that? Leo says that he can, but the problem is that the blanks have been expensive until recently. Now that they're a few dollars each, it is more viable to burn with a Blu-ray recorder. But the movie industry is resistant to this.

NewEgg has Blu-ray burners for as low as $60. But Leo says that Blu-rays aren't long for this world, since everything is going to streaming. And with 4K coming, that will go the way of the DVD as well.

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1015

Scott says that some disagree with Leo that physical media is going to die out. Leo says it's easy to tell just by seeing how many Blockbuster video stores are closing. Scott agrees and says that UHD may not even have blu-ray discs. RED is creating a new 4k network, as is Sony, streaming from the internet and storing it to the hard drive. No physical media, however. Admittedly, though, streaming relies on high speed internet and that has it's own problems.