Originally Posted by m_snow
I jumped on the Directvnow promo so I got my ATV4K for free and was skeptical that it would perform as well as my Shield but not anymore. The picture quality, availability of 4K HDR and Dolby Vision content and it’s just a solid, well thought out device. It just works and I’m now a believer. I rarely switch to my Shield anymore.
I can’t do the same comparison as you with Darkest Hour but I have compared other 4K/HDR content and its no contest. My ATV settings are 4K SDR with Match Range and Frame Rate on (so it switches based on content) and 4:4:4 chroma.
Yeah, the remote is lacking. I don’t use it.
I've got the match range and frame rate on as well.
It does seem to be a smooth experience from the UI side, for sure, remote aside (but if I keep the ATV I'd be using a Harmony anyway, so a non issue).
Though I haven't compared native resolution output yet, even with the slight disadvantage the Shield appears to have in upconversion, I definitely would not call it No Contest between image quality. At hand, the greenish shadow areas that are mostly absent from the Shield. So presumably the output from the Shield, in native resolution, will likely be slightly better than ATV - at least WRT this particular issue, on this particular title.
I do think apple has done their own encodes, so some viewers may report differences in streams, not necessarily devices (but sometimes you have to play certain streams on certain devices...) In this case I've watched the apple stream and the Vudu stream, and both exhibit same issue, whereas on the Shield, viewing 3 source streams (amazon, google, vudu) none show the issue to the same degree as ATV4K.
Hopefully it is something rare, or maybe a setting I've yet to find (although there aren't many on the ATV, but enough it seems).