Originally Posted by meburdick
So, how do I find and watch Jean-Claude Van Johnson in 4K -without- the HDR encoding? I want the UHD resolution, but I want to specifically avoid HDR-encoded content because it skips.
You search for the show as usual. Amazon seems to by default pull up the HD version. You have to specifically go to the 4K UHD section to find the HDR version.
But I see what you're doing. And you're right, you can't eliminate HDR from 4K if the 4K offering is encoded in HDR.
That said, respectfully, I think it's a waste to watch anything in 4K without HDR, much less stream it. If you're not going to watch it in HDR, then you might as well save the bandwidth, and watch the HD version, which looks every bit as good as the 4K, assuming you're sitting a normal distance from the TV. If you're watching it from 4-feet then all bets are off. I fully expect you will vehemently disagree with me. To each his own.
However, if your problem is not being able to watch 4K Amazon Prime on the built-in app because it's encoded in HDR and otherwise stutters, then watching the HD version in 1080p without HDR seems to be the best option, considering your only other option is not to watch it. The reality is, most 4K content is likely only really little better than 1080p anyway, or maybe 2K. There's not a lot of legitimate 4K content. Add to that the compression issues in streaming, and it really is a waste of bandwidth, again unless you're sitting 4 feet away. But HDR is the real star of the 4K UHD TV. So it's kind of a waste if you're not using it. The upside is that 1080p loads and buffers faster allowing you to navigate around your app more quickly, which is true on both the internal apps and external boxes.
It's clear that you have issues with the 900E, and while it's not the solution you want, you should probably consider adding an external streamer box -- or learn to put up with the stuttering, live without HDR altogether per the suggestion from
below, or watch the HD formats of Amazon's offerings.
Anyway, good luck.