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  1. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    The AppleTV 4K unit doesn’t downconvert streams; it plays the version most appropriate to the system being used. I use one attached to a 1080 projector and I’m thrilled with the results. Media from the iTunes Store is typically encoded with higher bitrates than other storefronts and to my eyes...
  2. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    Now if only they’d start supporting bonus features I’d be over the moon!
  3. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I know that my 4K box does that match frame rate beautifully - it gets used for a lot of Great British Bake-off! What was cool for me on getting the frame rates right was showing that off to my wife and our friends, who had gotten used to UK programming having that PAL to NTSC conversion built...
  4. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    The 4K box (which I have, but is used for HD) does all of that great. And the Infuse app does MPEG2 just fine. That’s what’s frustrating about iOS but mostly solved by Infuse. The actual hardware in the box is capable of so much more than what the iOS restricts it to, and Infuse works around...
  5. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    That’s absurd.
  6. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    Infuse is an interface to use to access a Plex server instead of using the AppleTV Plex app, and it does everything right that the native Plex app for AppleTV does wrong. The AppleTV is capable of far more than its iOS supports, and Plex for APTV works within the limitations of iOS. The two...
  7. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I like the aTV remote because it’s the only remote that actually came with any of my devices that doesn’t require a line of sight to work. For everything else I have, a third party device is required to achieve that result.
  8. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I guess it had to work for someone :)
  9. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I can't recall anyone ever having a positive comment about Amazon Prime streaming on any device. It's always looked noticeably worse than competitors like iTunes and Vudu and the navigation can be nightmarish. If it's the only place that has a thing you want, you're kinda stuck, but that...
  10. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    Double checked and there’s just one track that I can see: “English US”. Oddly, it appeared to be playing back in 5.1 now, while earlier it was definitely in 2.0. I’m at a loss to explain any of it.
  11. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I will double check later (not in front of the box right now) but I don’t recall seeing an option other than “English” when it was playing. But this is worth double checking for sure.
  12. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    They are bizarrely stingy on details and I don’t get it.
  13. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    That’s not how it displays on my AppleTV. If I open up a movie page on the AppleTV, at the top it only displays Atmos (or not). But at the very bottom when I scroll down past the cast, crew, summary and related titles, it then shows an information blurb, which includes detail like “English...
  14. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    It does this but it’s hidden in the setup menu. But everything else you said, yeah, I don’t get it. And I really don’t understand why they can’t tell you the audio format of a TV title before you purchase. They do with movie content. This shouldn’t be difficult. There’s a lot of potential...
  15. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    So I tried one episode of CSI - I can afford to blow 99 cents on this - and I’m rather frustrated with the result. The free “preview” clip played in 5.1, but the actual purchased episode was 2.0. It’s bizarre to me that a show from this decade that was broadcast originally in 5.1 and was...
  16. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    It appears that the APTV internally decodes everything and then outputs as PCM. You can also select it to transcode everything to Dolby Digital. But there’s no direct output setting to have it bitstream audio directly to the receiver.
  17. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    My receiver never gives great info from the AppleTV because it outputs everything as PCM. Unfortunately my receiver doesn’t give me much more info than that. I don’t see why this is so hard for Apple to provide this info. They provide it with movies.
  18. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    That’s somewhat surprising as these shows were both broadcast in 5.1 and on DVD in 5.1. From a little bit of browsing I did on iTunes, no TV show listings that I can find display audio info. Even things totally brand new. Whereas most of the movies on iTunes do display that.
  19. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I’m really frustrated with something on the 4K APTV and I don’t know if it’s something I’m doing wrong or just a shortcoming in the system. I’m potentially interested in purchasing some seasons of CSI and 24 from iTunes that I’m missing on disc, or which are only on DVD but are HD on iTunes...
  20. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I’ll throw out on positive thing on the remote - it doesn’t require line of sight. My projection screen blocks line of sight on all the electronics components so I wind up using the iPhone apps for the receiver and the Blu-ray player. Not a big deal. But it is nice the Apple TV remote just...
  21. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I figure that the thing they’re doing on that end is the forthcoming app that will play their content on non-Apple devices.
  22. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I don’t think Apple really does price drops within a product line; they just put out a new product at the same price point as the old one. I have the 4K AppleTV which I think was $180. I found myself needing a second streaming box for part time use, and went with the $90 Roku Ultra. For how...
  23. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    And the artist themselves work with Ticketmaster to sell higher priced tickets on their resale service too. But even before all of that started - Onsales were always a disaster and there’s no motivation to fix it because all the inventory sells anyway.
  24. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I don't blame you in the least. I ended up asking for a refund from a recent Kickstarter thing I did because the people running it didn't deliver what they promised to deliver in the way they promised to deliver it. It was irrelevant to me that some other people got what they had paid for, or...
  25. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    From a business perspective, I wonder what incentive there is for them to do that. I fear this is one of those things that because many people can access it at exactly 9pm, and that anyone who can't can play it just fine anytime after that, and with a show big enough to break their service only...
  26. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    My wife reported a problem with the video quality when viewing the premiere if Game of Thrones (I don't watch that show) - I think it was just a matter of them being slammed by the demand. For the next week's episode, she waited to start watching it until it had been online for an hour or so...
  27. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    Dave - I’m not Atmos yet but if I’m reading the tea leaves right: -With iTunes, it seems that audio and video options aren’t tied together, and it’ll play the best Of each that your system can handle. So if there’s a movie that offers both UHD and Atmos, but you are only HD and Atmos, you’ll...
  28. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I use a program called MyMovies for my iPhone that works pretty well. It also has a web interface, so you can give a link to your collection to friends or family members who might want to browse what you have.
  29. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I added it to my list a couple nights ago but haven’t had a chance to see it yet.
  30. Josh Steinberg

    Apple TV 4K official

    I hadn't seen anything to suggest that it wouldn't. And when I open the Netflix app in iTunes, that title is prominently displayed. I can't imagine why they'd have it in the AppleTV version of the app if it doesn't play when you click on it.