Originally Posted by Herve
Our Canadian Samsung K8500s do not presently have the Amazon Video app, nor do I think they ever will. I understand that neither does the Canadian Sony UBP-X800.
Which, if any, Canadian UHD BD players have the Amazon Video app originally on board or able to be downloaded?
I seem to recall this topic being discussed on the Samsung UBD-K8500 UHD BD player thread where we discovered that the Amazon app was nowhere to be seen for Canadians even through it was available to owners in the USA. A strange decision on Samsung's or Amazon's part since it is available on their Canadian model(s) of the Samsung Smart TVs -- at least the two I own.
Anyways, I am not so sure I would want to take a chance purchasing a new UHD player just to get that one app and then finding out they don't support another down the road resulting in an expensive upgrade game of leap frog.
Good news is that although the Apple TV 4K model didn't initially support the Amazon app, it does now along with a slew of other apps relevant to the Canadian market. I have attached a sample thumbnail below.
If I had my way TV manufacturers would stop making Smart TVs and reducing the price (and complexity) accordingly so we can just go out and buy something that makes sense for our homes. Since purchasing my 2 4K TVs, Samsung has eliminated more apps than they have introduced. We had to wait months for the Netflix app to be upgraded to support HDR that was already available on a number of inexpensive streaming devices. In a similar vein, my TVs will never be able to play YouTube HDR because they came out before the introduction of the VP9 Profile 2 chip resulting in me having to go out and buy the Chromecast Ultra which was the only device available at the time if I wanted to enjoy YouTube 4K HDR content.
Originally Posted by teachsac
At one time I believe
and few others were working on a spreadsheet over in the streaming section. Perhaps he'll see this and chime in. Why not consider a streaming box? I find better selection and support than built in apps on a player.
Yes, I would concur that a streaming box is the way to go. In my case I choose the Apple TV 4K model as my primary device for streaming apps. I especially like renting 4K HDR iTunes movies rather than spending $35 for every title I want to see. Don't get me wrong... I know that a UHD Blu-ray provides a higher bit rate and lossless audio but when iTunes offers a sale a lot of new titles can be rented for as low as 99 cents!
As for the spreadsheet, it was developed as a template for those who have a knowledge of Excel who want to maintain a handy color coded reference chart of which device of theirs is the Best
or the Ultimate
vehicle to play certain content from based upon how they have things wired up. For example, as you can see in the sample below surprisingly the Apple TV 4K does not currently support 4K YouTube but I could use either my Set Top Box app, my UBD Player's app or my Smart TV app to get 4K SDR or use my Chromecast for 4K HDR.
Although I just finished telling
that the Apple TV 4K supports the Amazon app, at the time of release it didn't thus the TBD
shown in that column in the old sample above. As mentioned the Cheat Sheet is specific to the way each of us has our particular systems set up. I have placed a copy of the Excel template along with instructions in the following post that can be downloaded and customized for each of our own personal use...
Another thing astute owners of the Apple TV 4K might have noticed is that in the sample above it indicates that Vimeo only supports 4K SDR but a recent upgrade now allows 4K HDR content to be played -- currently only available on the Apple TV 4K. Another reason why I think going with an external streaming device is the way to go. A major attraction for me with the Apple TV 4K is that it also acts as a hub for my Homekit compatible devices (e.g. Lutron whole home lighting system) and integrates well with my other Apple devices (e.g. iPad).
Note that you don't have to own an Apple TV 4K to use the Cheat Sheet and each of these columns and rows can be modified, added or deleted accordingly.