Good to see a good mixture of newer and older faces at the breakfast today, helping to celebrate Gary's birthday. Chocolate cake provided by Boomer was excellent, even including candles. Thanks LeafD for getting the word out.
Afterwards I drove East to check out progress on the SC under construction at Lake Elsinore. Looks all done, 21 stalls, just waiting for transformer from SCE, and we know how long that can take. At Riverside SC, transformer was in place before construction was complete, but that is because Riverside has their own municipal utility.
On way home I stopped at a friend's home to see my first example of actual 4K TV
in the wild, a delayed broadcast of 2018 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, delivered via DirectTV to 4K Sony 2016 LED set with early HDR.
I had watched the same program on my HD set last night. Standing 5' from 65" screen, improved resolution was clearly visible, but perhaps a shade less sharp from compression than the finely tuned 4K demos in the stores. Color was excellent. The TV detected HDR and activated HDR mode, and detail in the many deep shadows in the stadium clearly benefited. Highlights from the flames and fireworks were a little washed out on this TV, however.
I understand the South Koreans are broadcasting all of the events in 4K, but not NBC, where
the 4K content will be limited to the opening ceremonies, figure skating, short track, ski jumping, and ice hockey. Sorry, curling fans.
Further, the 4K events will be broadcast with a 1-day delay from the (delayed) HD broadcast. Not showing much enthusiasm, NBC.
NBC used to promote new technology, like doing the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in HD. Some of us can remember before that we had "The following program is brought to you in Living Color on NBC
" with shows such as Bonanza and the Rose Parade, years before many of us had color sets. Of course in those times you could still buy top quality American TVs from brands like Zenith, or even build your own Heathkit color TV in something like 400 hours of frustrating labor.