Hello All —
there are now 8k TV’s available. How well will the current Roku Ultra work with an 8k, and if not, are Roku 8k tv’s on the drawing board yet?
How it would work with an existing Roku? As well as any other 4K source plugged into an 8K set. But I have serious doubts Roku even has an 8K player on the future roadmap for some time. Such devices will not be cheap for quite some time, and that's not an area that Roku generally moves to. There are still tons of features they could add to their current players (lossless audio bitstreaming, additional audio and video codec support, additional caption support) that would be far less expensive to add, and they still don't offer any of them. The Nvidia Shield does everything I've just mentioned, but sells for $190. Roku is trying their best to stay under the $100 mark, although the original Ultra exceeded that. Now it's exactly $99.99.
An 8K player would probably be priced initially at $500 or more, way out of the Roku market. You also have to remember that the primary use for a Roku is Internet streaming. There's nothing really available yet in 8K. YouTube has a few test videos, but they require a 50 Mbps Internet connection. A lot of homes just don't have that kind of speed yet. I believe once 8K online streaming becomes available, it will initially begin with apps on the TV itself, then the external boxes will start to appear. There has to be content before you're going to see players arrive. Doesn't matter if 8K TVs are here if there's no 8K content to view.
Remember too that even with 4K, if your screen is under 65" there's very little benefit from the increased resolution. HDR has much more impact than 4K on a 55" or smaller screen. Moving to 8K, you're going to need a screen closer to 100" before the improved resolution is noticeable.