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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2019-07-02, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question Upscaling to 4K and netflix

We're about to purchase a 65" 4K tv. We're upgrading from a 42" Plasma bought 10 years ago. (Still nothing wrong with it, but moving it to another room)
My question is about content and how it will look on a 4K TV at that size.
We have regular Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Not the HD versions)
How will it look on this tv? Will the TV upscale it to 4K (or close to it) or will it look really bad like watching a VHS movie on an old 720P Plasma.
The guy at Costco said it will still look amazing and wont be able to tell the difference.
We'll be sitting about 11 feet from the tv if that makes a difference.

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1. The TV has no choice but to upscale to its native 4K resolution.

2. With a proper optimization of the TV's settings, the picture will probably be no worse than your old TV, however, a 65" TV is almost 2.4 times the size of a 42" TV, so any imperfections will be magnified by 2.4.

3. After spending this much on a TV, why not spend a little to at least give it an HD signal. HD looks very good on my 75" 4K TV (at 11'). Watching SD programming today is silly.
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Thanks for the quick reply. We have the standard Netflix plan at the moment and may consider going up to the premium although it doesn't seem like Canada Netflix has a whole lot of UHD content.
We're also probably going to get an android box or firestick to help out with the 4k content

I wonder if there is a way to bring a video file at the same resolution/bitrate at Netflix standard on a USB card and see how the TV at Costco or BestBuy handle playing it and seeing how it would look.

Also when we rent videos from the Google store and such, we'll be sure to get the UHD versions.
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In your first post you talked about (not having) HD, not UHD (4K), hence my comment about SD in the last sentence of my previous post. HD is quite acceptable on a 4K TV. After that, you can play with actual 4K content to see if you think that's worthwhile.

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1080i/p HD will look as good or better on a 4K TV as it does on an HDTV. These days, I find that a lot of HD programming and channels from BDUs looks and sounds soft, more like a stereo DVD than HD. Even with a standard HD subscription, Netflix typically looks and sounds much better, especially with their in house 4K content.

VHS tapes will look terrible on any TV set. That's due to the source, not the TV. A new 4K set, it will have a better picture and better scaling than any 720p set.
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Amazon Prime will play in 4K if the content and playback device supports it. HD will look fine too though, but if you're spending that much on the TV I'd spend the $50 on a 4K firestick or something similar for when you do have 4K content

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We have regular Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Not the HD versions)
Missed not having the HD versions the first time. It will be worthwhile upgrading to the HD versions for a 65" set. The non-HD versions will look soft but definitely not as bad as VHS, more like a DVD.
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I have the standard Netflix. (HD) not the Basic Netflix (SD) or Premium Netflix (HD & Ultra HD)
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