How important is picture quailty to you for movies and tv shows?

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#1  Edited By warmblur
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Are you happy with the standard streaming quality of Netflix and other streaming apps or do you have to watch it on Blu-ray to truly enjoy it?

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#2 Hallenbeck77  Moderator  Online
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Netflix does stream certain shows and movies in UHD if your device supports it. It's nice, but still like to use physical media when I can.

What's sucks is that I have HBO Max (it upgraded from HBO Now) doesn't have 4K streaming yet. Disappointing, especially since it's the priciest of them all.

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#3 claymoreman23
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You better.... get... the 1080P... Lol

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The difference between Netflix streaming and Blu-Ray is very minuscule compared to the difference between them and DVDs and VHS. It doesn't matter to me if it's between two almost identical forms.

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#5 YearoftheSnake5
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As long as I at least get DVD quality, I'm good. I'd prefer 1080p whenever possible. 4K is nice, but I don't need it.

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Depends on the source/context. Obviously 4k with HDR is great, but 1080p is fine for most movies. TV shows at 720p are generally fine, but if there's a 4k/HDR version I'll seek that out. Older movies and shows will be upscaled 480p at best a lot of times, and if that's the source then that's the source. It's not like I won't go back and watch a classic movie just because Hitchcock films aren't UHD any more than I'd refuse to watch a black and white film because color films exist.

My home theater and PC setup are all 4k/HDR but my family room still has an LG 1080P. I wouldn't be able to convince the wife we should upgrade unless that TV actually fails at some point, but I upgraded the stuff in the rest of the house a while back.

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#7 Kadin_Kai
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I would say 1080p is a minimum, but 4K is definitely better if your screen is 50” plus. But perhaps HDR makes the bigger difference.

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#8 Ezekiel43
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95 percent of the movies I watch are from the disc or ripped by me. (One of the reasons I rip is to get around region locks.) Netflix look pretty crappy on my setup, despite my high speed connection. Their selection is also far too limited. Netflix DVD >>>>> Netflix.

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#9  Edited By Ezekiel43
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@kadin_kai said:

I would say 1080p is a minimum, but 4K is definitely better if your screen is 50” plus. But perhaps HDR makes the bigger difference.

Man, I'd miss out on SO MUCH cinema and old television if I only watched 1080p. There are countless movies and TV shows that never even made it beyond DVD.

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#10 Johnny_Rock
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Blueray minimum. Prefer 4k. But a great sound system is more important to me than picture quality. I would mourn the passing of my 11.2 set up over the loss of a tv.

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#11 firedrakes
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a lot. but most streaming content and most normal 4k content look like crap. it takes time and money to do it right. as always with media content they go the cheapest route.

you ever wonder why color was not done again till the mid 60s or 60 fps..... cost nothing else.

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#12 omegaMaster
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Very important. The bare minimum has to be 1080p. The problem I have with Netflix is you can't adjust the picture quality and it automatically adjusts it based on your internet connection.

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#13 Speeny
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I'm fine with streaming it but, I still own Blu-rays of shows/movies I especially love.

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#14 MirkoS77
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As I age, the less I’m able to distinguish. So not all that important as long as I’m getting the general idea.

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#15  Edited By rmpumper
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I watch everything on my tablet in the bed, so as long as it's at least 720p with decent bitrate, I'm fine with it.

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#16 Epak_
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It is important. When Netflix downgraded their streams I refused to watch their HD content, looked like dick. Apple did the same thing, looked horrible. I've put more money on my televisions and sound than the average consumer, BUT still find UHD discs a bit too expensive (got 9 UHD discs vs. 71 UHD movies in iTunes).

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#17 shellcase86
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I find the streaming services offer good picture quality. I've only used Netflix, Hulu, and Prime, though. The 4k stuff looks good, yeah, but even the non-4k stuff looks good.

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#18 lucidique
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@claymoreman23 said:

You better.... get... the 1080P... Lol

Surprisingly, even in 2020, i am not looking for anything more than 1080p.

It still looks great and file size for downloads is not too crazy.

You also get good prices when shopping for TVs.

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#19 PSthreegaming26
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Very. I remember Video and Audio HUM. Not good Times.

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#20 GalvatronType_R
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I have a 5.2.4 home theater with 4K displays and projector.

1080p is the bare minimum. Once you see 4K HDR on an OLED or 92” projector screen, there is no settling for less.