Originally Posted by psuKinger
If you're using the native netflix app on the 940E, there is a button on the remote (can't remember exactly what it's labeled) that will bring up some information (small print) along hte top left corner of the screen. One of the many things it'll do is report to you bit rate.
It may take a while to ramp up (particularly on the built-in app), but if it hits 15.xy mbps, that means you're streaming the Netflix 4K HDR stream.
Info regarding whether or not the source material is available in 4K HDR appears in the Netflix main menu, above the "image" for the show or movie, next to where it tells you if it's in 5.1 audio, etc.
I wish Netflix had a faster speed that involved less compression, for those of us that have faster connections (probably most everyone looking to buy a 940E, for example), but they don't. FWIW, the 4K HDR feed on Netflix *does* look pretty good, despite the 15 mbps speed...
But I definitely recommend you don't rely on the native apps. Just last night, for reasons I won't go into in detail, I tried to watch an Amazon 4K HDR feed via the native amazon app on the 940E. I didn't make it 30 seconds. It was so terrible. I quickly reconnected my NVidia Shield directly to the TV, booted back up, and restarted the same stream using the Shield instead of the 940E. Played flawlessly.
Generically (and off-topic), stuff like that is (part of) why Android in general has gotten a bum wrap, IMO. Google provides the OS for free... and sometimes, someone like Sony implements it quite poorly, using pretty inferior/underpowered hardware. It's the same OS on the Shield... vastly differently user experience, though.
I'm not sure where/how you purchased it, but yea, there's a chance you bought a copy that supports 4K resolution, natively but no other "HDR" enhancements (10 bit color, wider color space (REC.2020), peak brightness beyond 100 nits, etc).
Netflix, for example, has content available that is in 4K resolution, but no other "HDR" / "UHD" enhancements (8 bit color, REC.709 color space, 100 nits peak brightness). So yes, that's a real thing.
FWIW, I think the 4K resolution on these 940E's does not matter much at all until you get closer to the TV than you'd probably want to for general viewing purposes. At a distance of 10 feet, the whole reason why these new TVs are great are the enhancements to brightness/light control and color (bit depth and color gamut).
I think the intro scene to House of Cards is pretty amazing. Just straight outta the box, set the TV to CinemaHome or CinemaPro, then bump the gamma (generically, not the advanced settings) back to -2... and take a big step back and enjoy. Looks pretty awesome, IMO.
Then feel free to fiddle.
Our current ISP, Uverse, doesn't always maintain the speed to stream 4K. We'd like to know how often any 4K purchases or rentals will be in 4K. (AT&T fiber isn't here yet, leaving Spectrum as the only alternative.)
It's easy to check it on Netflix. But on the 940-native apps and on a (non-4K) Roku stick, it's impossible to check speed on Google Play or VUDU.
As psuKinger noted, the native app for Netflix will indicate, e.g., "Video: 11.44 Mbps/2160" by pressing the Display button on the Sony remote. The 2016 Roku stick's Netflix app has the same on-screen indicator. The display stays on screen until it's toggled off.
But the 940E-native apps for Google Play & VUDU don't have mbps/resolution indicators.
Google Play displays nothing at all when the Sony remote's "Display" is pressed.
VUDU shows 4 signal-strength bars, fully or partially lit in blue, next to "UHD" in a box. But the "UHD" does not light up even as the bars do. It is always white.
On Roku, Google Play again gives no format or speed. And VUDU simply indicates, e.g., "HDX." No mbps info.
Do any 940-native apps display speed & format? Does a 4K-capable Roku do so for more than just Netflix?