I made the mistake of walking through the TV section at Wal-Mart yesterday. Was just cutting through until something caught my eye. Then I was like when "Ma & Pa" go to town and stood there staring at a 55" 4K TV likely with my mouth open.
I think because of my photography hobby most of my life I am really critical about sharp images. I would never settle for consumer grade lenses - only the professional grade ($$$) would satisfy my eye for an image. So this super sharp image with super contrast really struck me.
Now for the good part - I have analog cable. But I am enjoying more and more Netflix shows on my 1080p 40" set in HD (1080p feed from Netflix). I only watch regular TV shows (through my analog cable) after being recorded on my Tivo since I just can't tolerate all the commercials.
When looking at the feature list on the Samsung TV I was drooling at, I noticed the word "upsampling". After doing some research this morning I see what this upsampling does - takes a less than 4k input and upscales it to a 4k image on the screen. Now I am interested......
Of course I can find no information about upsampling an analog signal. Kind of funny - when I talk about stuff like this on a Tivo forum nobody believes me that I have analog cable - they say that it is impossible - maybe illegal....?
I really would like that 4k look that I saw at the store. But I know in the store they probably feed those sample TVs with a 4k feed video to make people like me drool over them.
Because of my condition I find myself watching more TV than I ever did - it is a good distraction for me. So I wouldn't be beyond getting DirecTV if I would need to feed a 4k TV like this. But still don't know if the upsampling will work as advertised.
And one of my biggest concerns when thinking about upgrading (one part of my justification process) - what am I supposed to do with my old TV? It's 2 years old and works perfectly. But the technology has sped past what I have and am sure there is no market for a used 40" HD TV.