4K tv does it need a 4K tuner?

IronDuke70014

Novice Member
Hi, folks

Some guidance required to help me make a decision this week on a new TV please.

First a few facts : I only watch Freeview and Freeview HD channels and don't have any interest in movies or gaming or anything else really, I have a few DVDs but that's it. I also need a TV that receives Freesat channels as my reception on Freeview is sometimes not great.

Now this is where I have made assumptions and where my ignorance shows.

I assume that the main broadcasters BBC etc. have not produced plans to make 4K programmes yet but if and when they did would the TV actually need a different tuner to receive 4K broadcasts rather like when Freeview HD appeared and a HD tuner was needed? When I look at the specs. of 4K TVs they include mention of a Freeview HD tuner but nothing about a 4K tuner.

The price of some 4K sets is about the same as some HD sets so cost isn't the issue just wondered if buying 4K was "future proofing".

As you can see ignorance currently prevails but with some guidance I may yet see the light!!
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
The tuner standard would be DVB UHD-1 but it hasn't gotten to the point of TV manufacturer support yet, probably 2018 or 2019.
 

IronDuke70014

Novice Member
The tuner standard would be DVB UHD-1 but it hasn't gotten to the point of TV manufacturer support yet, probably 2018 or 2019.
Hi, So if I understand you correctly it would require a 4K tuner or whatever it might be called to receive 4k standard TV programmes and these tuners aren't currently made?

In which case buying a 4k set for terrestrial viewing is of no special benefit over 1080p other than that the picture is "improved" by something called upscaling - is that right? Or is buying a current 4k
UHD set still a better bet than buying another (although larger) 1080p HD TV than I already have?

Thanks for responding.
 

clemmeroid

Active Member
4K tvs' are the same as HD ready Tvs'
ie HD content was scarce when they were on sale
Currently there is no 4K terrestial content, the BBC are
toying with Hybrid Log-Gamma https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjEmt3J7KLVAhUIVhoKHUo7DTgQFgglMAA&url=http://www.a516digital.com/2016/06/bbc-uhd-service-next-year.html&usg=AFQjCNEJsc3JcFO8y_BxJdlJHgGvfHVDpg
So untill BBC, ITV etc start broadcasting in HLG there is no benefit as yet
to purchasing a 4k tv for terrestial viewing
I have Sky Q which has UHD content and frankly it isn't much better than HD
ironically I set the sky box to output 1080p for HD content which looks sharp on
my 4K tv
Don't be put off by the above as it didn't put me off buying a 4K tv

P.s If you buy a 4K tv make sure it can recieve HLG I'm pretty sure Panasonics do
My LG will need an update, so I'm not holding my breath
 
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simon194

Well-known Member
4K tvs' are the same as HD ready Tvs'
ie HD content was scarce when they were on sale
Currently there is no 4K terrestial content, the BBC are
toying with Hybrid Log-Gamma https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjEmt3J7KLVAhUIVhoKHUo7DTgQFgglMAA&url=http://www.a516digital.com/2016/06/bbc-uhd-service-next-year.html&usg=AFQjCNEJsc3JcFO8y_BxJdlJHgGvfHVDpg
So untill BBC, ITV etc start broadcasting in HLG there is no benefit as yet
to purchasing a 4k tv for terrestial viewing
I have Sky Q which has UHD content and frankly it isn't much better than HD
ironically I set the sky box to output 1080p for HD content which looks sharp on
my 4K tv
Don't be put off by the above as it didn't put me off buying a 4K tv

P.s If you buy a 4K tv make sure it can recieve HLG I'm pretty sure Panasonics do
My LG will need an update, so I'm not holding my breath
My LG got the HLG a couple of weeks ago although I think it's been pulled because of a stuttering issue with interlaced sources and a darker HDR Game mode the update introduced.
 

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