Originally Posted by Johnnyma45
This thread's really huge so forgive me if this is a simple/stupid question, or has been asked:
I've been playing around with HDR streaming options offered by TV apps, namely Amazon and Youtube. I tried playing UHD versions of Man in High Castle and Grand Tour, and even though it's playing in HDR (TV popup says HDR and Amazon app confirms), it is more blurry than not, and not crisp at all. Playing normal non-UHD/HDR videos comes across crystal clear. On Youtube, only some 4K videos come across as reference quality, others are just ok (1080p quality).
My internet is 50/50 and the TV is hard wired to the wall - any tips on how to improve, or key settings I should be reviewing?
This sounds like a streaming issue. Internet streams can be like the weather in spring, always changing - but usually
stabilizing after a moment or two. And UHD streams, of course, require more umph than HD 1080.
As for HDR not looking better than SDR, and sometimes looking worse, remember 4K does require a stronger internet stream; but that aside, my experience is that HDR is a subtle difference, at best.
I've gone as far as to keep a non-HDR 4K Amazon Fire handy for times when that will actually work best. IMHO, HD 1080 and Dolby 5.1 surround sound is still a great, and reliable, home theater format. I advocate 4K (and immersive surround formats), but my experience with all of that "cutting edge" equipment is that there is still much work to be done. I'm eying 2020 before we see anything finalized as a standard beyond HD/5.1, but I am
staying tuned. Pun intended.