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4K UltraHD Fascinating Visually, Selection Needs to Expand

Here are some 4K TVS with instant rebates that should be similar to the XBR-55X800B I'm delighted with: I’m really picky and yet the XBR-55X800B is incredible to watch—I know there are better TVs, but the image is so enjoyable... I'm content.

A 4K TV shows weaknesses in source material (even the best material): a 43" or 49" has a higher pixel density and thus smaller can be a crisper viewing experience if watching at close range, one the TV simply has to fit nicely.

$798 Sony XBR-49X830C 49"-Class 4K Smart LED TV
$698 Sony XBR-43X830C 43"-Class 4K Smart LED TV
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$1998 Sony XBR-65X850C 65"-Class 4K Smart LED TV
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See my previous posts Impressions of 4K Television and Sony 4K Television: Wow!.

I watch very little TV, but when I do, I want it in 4K. I just don’t find HD satisfying any more, not on a 4K TV. That’s in good measure because I enjoy the cinematography aspects as much as the content—the focusing, the bokeh, the way the lenses are used. This sucks in plain HD, but in 4K it’s fascinating.

A big surprise to me since I’m no fan of comic book movies: Jessica Jones was really enjoyable to watch for the cinematography in 4K—and it actually turns out to have its interesting points too, capturing the dark and troubled side of human nature in a way quite unlike most of the schlock out there. So I recommend it. Its companion series Daredevil has some interesting filming, but it doesn’t hold together as well as Jessica Jones, with too many forgettable seen-him-whack-people-before episodes.

Also enjoyable for the sheer 4K fascination are Blacklist and Narcos. Master of None is nothing special on any front (filming or otherwise). Breaking Bad and House of Cards are reasonably good, but Breaking Bad shows tremendous levels of noise and sometimes posterization which show the limits of film, but film grain is not generally objectionable. As for the Ridiculous Six, I got half-way through one episode and abandoned it.

The nature shows with their postcard-style hyper-saturated stuff bored me very quickly but maybe there’s something good in there somewhere; spending so much time in the outdoors I find that style of show strangely divorced from reality.

So just in time for the holidays... below is the ENTIRE Netflix 4K streaming library as of Dec 19. I mean ALL of it. Granted, many of these are series, but this listing is 4 or 5 more shows than a week ago, so it’s growing fast in percentage terms. And some of it is claimed 4K, but shows just how bad the original was/is, e.g., Lawrence of Arabia, which looks really bad compared even to mediocre HD.

I’m irked that I can’t get Blade Runner or the original gritty Terminator in 4K.

So that’s Netflix. Amazon has 4K UltraHD also, but much less than Netflix and much of it is quite costly, totaling hundreds of dollars for what is included on Netflix for the low monthly charge. So as of early 2016, Netflix is by far the best option for 4K streaming. Perhaps Amazon Video will improve as 2016 progresses.

ENTIRE Netflix 4K streaming library as of Dec 19, 2015

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