Originally Posted by g.j.martin
I've never had a soundbar so don't eat me but, is the ARC the only way of connecting lets say a UHD player to a soundbar and OLED? for example: UHD to soundbar then out to OLED? Tell me I didn't get this TV and its obsolete in that area already?...
You can connect a player or other device to a soundbar.
This will give you ATMOS over HDR10 from the blu ray, or if your player has a Netflix app AND Netflix is present, you can use that (as I understand it, only the NVIDIA Shield has the 4k Netflix app so far).
HOWEVER, the best feature of the LG televisions is DOLBY VISION. No player or other third party device currently has Dolby Vision built in yet. The only way to see Dolby Vision on the LG television is through the television itself, and it only outputs 5.1 over it's ARC channel.
This means you won't be able to watch VUDU movies (Dolby Vision and ATMOS) using ATMOS on an LG tv, you will only be able to output 5.1 sound.
Some MORON at LG made a terrible decision. There is no evidence that they are issuing a firmware update to fix this ridiculously-easy-to-fix problem (just tell the tv to NOT do anything with the bitstream other than pass it out to the audio system....FAR easier than teaching it how to process a signal internally).
I've called LG and most of the front-line CSR's didn't have a clue what I was talking about. After I got transferred to a supervisor, I had to spend 10 minutes explaining what ATMOS is, and what an ARC channel is to him. He put me on hold for 30 minutes only to come back and tell me that he has no information about a possible firmware update.
Even after I told them I was an attorney and people were contacting me regarding a lawsuit, they still didn't care. All they did was pass the address to the Office of the President. Now I have to write a letter to them.
OR, ALTERNATIVELY, WE ALL DECIDE TO TELL LG TO SCREW THEMSELVES AND BUY A BUNCH OF SONY Z9D's....that will teach them....