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In Reply to: RE: Blu-ray: how does it compare to (modern) streaming quality? posted by tinear on October 03, 2021 at 07:46:20
because quite simply, streams vary greatly in their compression, and the less compression, the better they look. Every streaming service has to compress, just like cable TV channels have to compress. So if you are watching a 4K stream, it all depends simplistically on how many bits per second you are getting. And a stream will never be the full bits per second you will get from an original disk, at least in my experience. I will say that the 4K bluray from a disk source is far and away the best home video I've ever seen. I watched Vertigo, which I've never seen in a theater, but which I've seen many times, and it was a new experience in 4K.
I have only a few 4K UHD Blu-ray discs and they DO look sharper on my 4K capable TV vs 4K from streaming services like AppleTV or Netflix.
Interestingly, I also find that over the air local HDTV broadcasts are sharper than the same content coming through our Cable TV service. For example, if I'm watching a live sporting event like NFL football the over the air broadcasts are sharper than the same event coming over Cable TV. They're both good, but over the air is a bit sharper. But I can't rewind and instant-replay over the air like I can with Cable TV ;-)
A nice article about why ota is less compressed than cable.
using an antenna provides the best picture quality. Now of course, this is all relative...there are all these side channels now, like 7.2, 7.3, etc. and many of those are bit starved and look terrible. But a major station like a network will likely look best over the air.
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