Scott reports that NASA is going to do the first ever, live 4K stream from Space. They will be sending it to earth at 18MB/s which Scott says is really small. The backend is being handled by Amazon's Elemental streaming and cloud based processing division, which will stream it online via H.265 HEVC and then transcoded into H.264. So to watch it online, you'll need at least 45MBps of bandwidth.
Scott joins us to talk home theater and has questions from the chatroom. Is there a great ultraHD BluRay? Scott says that Oppo is the best out there. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and 4K. But it doesn't support streaming, and Oppo says that since people get streaming from other devices, that it wasn't necessary for Oppo to get caught up in that. They just focus on having the BluRay player still be best at playing discs. It's everything you want in a player, and at $550, it should. Another option is the Xbox One S, but it doesn't support DolbyVision yet.
Scott went to a recent LG TV event and he saw some really great TVs that LG calls darn near perfect. And they're super thin too, with Wallpaper TV is 4mm from the bezel to the wall. So it's almost like a painting. So thin, that it requires a separate box for all the electronics, and the W7 model incorporates a sound bar into that electronics box package. Leo says he'd rather have a monitor that he can bring his own party to. Scott does says to be fair the Soundbar does sound pretty good though.
Scott says that the new HDMI standard will be pushing 4K and 8K video at over 5400 Gbps. Will HDMI ever be replaced? Scott says that if metadata doesn't survive going through an AV receiver, it could greatly affect the HDR10 dynamic range going to the TV. Your AVR needs to support HDMI 2.0A to do that, and few manufacturers will tell you that. Dolby has launched a program to educate people on which devices will support Dolby Vision.
Scott is going to the Grammys this weekend and he says the best part of the awards show is all the live performances. He also says that it's the Super Bowl of music and it's a great time to think about upgrading your home theater system. Leo has an AV receiver with Dolby 5.1. He's perfectly happy with the surround, center channel, two channel speakers, and a subwoofer. But you don't want to next to the surround speakers because you'll hear that more than the center channel dialogue.
A week before the Super Bowl is the best time to buy a new TV, and Scott has written an article at AVS Forum on the Eight best TVs for Hosting a Super Bowl Party. People think Black Friday is the best time to buy a new TV, but it's actually just before the Super Bowl because that's the first quarter of the year, and just before the new models come out. The top TV on Scott's list is the LG B6 ($1898-2997) OLED TV. There's also a budget LG UH7700 for $897.
Scott says that while Dolby Vision is nothing new, it's the most important thing coming out of CES because it's now almost a standard feature in home theater products. It does has to compete with HDR 10, Technicolor's Version, and the BBC's HLG, but most will support HDR 10 and Dolby. We're going to see not only HDR capable TVs, but Blu-ray players as well. Leo says that format wars are frustrating and that nobody really has learned from format wars of the past. Scott says that TVs will likely have multiple decoders and support both.
Scott is back from CES and he put 25.5 miles on his feet, and that's just in the Central Hall! He saw the latest QLED system, which creates more white light to pass through the LCD panel and get color from filters. Quantum dots, however, aren't really LEDs, they're just really small dots of a material that can then absorb light and radiate another color. Scott says that OLED TV prices have remained consistent, while the quality of the screens has improved. OLED is still the best screen you can get.
Scott is in Vegas for CES and he's seen a ton of cool new home theater stuff. Sony has announced a new OLED TV in which the entire screen is a speaker, and LG has a cool new one called "The Wallpaper" TV because it's only 4mm thick and attaches to the wall with magnets. Scott says that 4K and HDR are all around at CES this year, and he says that Samsung is ahead of the game with color saturation and brightness. There was also a bunch of TVs that support voice command through Amazon Echo and Google Home. Plasma is all gone now. But Sony also introduced Cletus, a micro LED screen.