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4K STB vs HD STB Picture Quality?

jeganeee

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Hi,

I am planning to buy 4K STB bcoz anyway Tata sky will launch 4K channels in the coming 6 month atleast.

But i read in some posts that 4K STB has some PQ issue for SD/HD Channels or they feel HD STB PQ is better than 4K STB.

Can anyone tell me which STB PQ is better ? Also which brand STB they are giving for 4K?
 

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4k set top may not have recording facility though I am not sure

 

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Firstly 4K channels are not available except 1 or 2. yes it does not have a dvr
 

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anantisback said:
Firstly 4K channels are not available except 1 or 2. yes it does not have a dvr
I dont need DVR.As of now its not available.it will be avlbe shortly.My concern is whether PQ is good or not in 4K STB for SD/HD Channels compared to HD STB?

I am buying New Connection.Planning to buy Annual offer.So instead of buying HD STB(with Annual Ultra pack) for 6500+ now and later(after 4k channels launched) upgrading again to 4K STB,i am thinking now itself to invest in 4K STB + Annual Ultra pack offer.

So just wanted to know 4K STB is as good as HD STB in PQ for watching regular SD/HD Channels.
 

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as per few guys i have talked which have 4K STB and as per their review 4K STB have some pq bugs don't know latest have or not :shy :s
 

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Rushil.D said:
as per few guys i have talked which have 4K STB and as per their review 4K STB have some pq bugs don't know latest have or not :shy :s
Thanks,That what my concern.If it has PQ issue,I want to go with HD STB right now and once they launch 4K channels and based on review from dreamdth :) i can take the latest 4K STB.
 

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Probably the first the customer of TS 4K here, also have HD+ and HD boxes.
Picture quality 4K stb is slightly different from HD+.

Here are my observations:
1. 4K channels are jaw dropping good. But they are no longer available. TS showcased a few movies after last year World Cup, but that's it.
2. Not all HD channels have equal bit rate (my educated guess). Star Movies HD has the highest of them all I guess. These channels look no different. But low bitrate HD channels like regional HD ones look better on 4K stb. May be they have a better upscaling engine in 4K stb.
3. SD channels look slightly better. The picture is slightly softer in than HD+ box.

Overall the difference negligible. Will I invest in 4K STB now? May be not. As I have moved on from TV to internet for 4k content. My Nvidia Shield TV is serving me awesome over here with 4K YouTube and Netflix. It's worth every penny of $200 investment.
 

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eprafulla said:
Probably the first the customer of TS 4K here, also have HD+ and HD boxes.
Picture quality 4K stb is slightly different from HD+.

Here are my observations:
1. 4K channels are jaw dropping good. But they are no longer available. TS showcased a few movies after last year World Cup, but that's it.
2. Not all HD channels have equal bit rate (my educated guess). Star Movies HD has the highest of them all I guess. These channels look no different. But low bitrate HD channels like regional HD ones look better on 4K stb. May be they have a better upscaling engine in 4K stb.
3. SD channels look slightly better. The picture is slightly softer in than HD+ box.

Overall the difference negligible. Will I invest in 4K STB now? May be not. As I have moved on from TV to internet for 4k content. My Nvidia Shield TV is serving me awesome over here with 4K YouTube and Netflix. It's worth every penny of $200 investment.
Thanks.So you are saying defintely 4K STB PQ is either Equal or better than HD STB ? If yes - i am ok to invest in 4K STB now.( My concern was if PQ in 4K STB is worse than HD STB on SD/HD chahnnels,then buy HD STB)

I will be mainly watching Regional HD Channels(SUN TV & SUN MUSIC). So if PQ is better in 4K STB - its a worth investment for me
 

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Why i am mainly interested in 4K STB is :

I got a 4K TV.But since i am 3rd tier city,there is no Fast broadband in my place and BSNL not providing connection here.So i can max have 20GB of 4mbps speed broadband then 1mbps unlimited.With 4mbps we cant stream 4K content from Youtube.

So my only option to watch 4K content is from any 4K Channels(Hopefully Tatasky launches Discovery 4K or some other 4K channels in next next 3-5 months)
 

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jeganeee said:
Why i am mainly interested in 4K STB is :

I got a 4K TV.But since i am 3rd tier city,there is no Fast broadband in my place and BSNL not providing connection here.So i can max have 20GB of 4mbps speed broadband then 1mbps unlimited.With 4mbps we cant stream 4K content from Youtube.

So my only option to watch 4K content is from any 4K Channels(Hopefully Tatasky launches Discovery 4K or some other 4K channels in next next 3-5 months)
At 2160p (4K) setting, 4K STB will display a softer picture on HD channels than in normal HD STB. However at 1080i or 1080p setting, HD PQ is at par with other HD STBs.
 
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