Originally Posted by mutelight
There could be some politics there but then one would think that Apple wouldn't allow Amazon to stream 4K on the Apple TV.
I've had my Sony Z9D since August 2016 and the Vudu app is still limited to 1080p. I think Vudu development is just a hot mess.
Wow - unbelievable. Well I have an older (probably same 2016 vintage) Sony X800 4K disc player that won't do Vudu 4K either - apparently doesn't have required security capability, or something to that effect.
Well I can tell you that the Vudu app on the Shield TV has issues, but technically does offer UHD and Atmos, but ATM it's video output level is darker than every other App by a margin, so it's essentially broken IMO. You can Cast the Vudu stream to the Shield and the level is proper, but then ATM some UHD titles don't Cast (though they are working on that - it worked great for a day or 2 a few days ago - they are testing the fix).
So some would find it either a nightmare or just impossible to do Vudu UHD with another (generally capable) streamer - like the Shield for one reason or another.
So there I have to really give the ATV4K some praise ATM. Very easy to use and it works with only a few quirks that I've noticed.
On the other hand, when they put the Casting fix they had live a few days ago back in place, I can watch UHD movies with Atmos via Vudu Casting to Shield, and have the Atmos audio track I can't get on the ATV. So the movie itself is "better" due to Atmos, but the browsing and UI experience is "worse". No way the average spouse or kids would deal with what is required to watch this way, IMO, but in my case, family generally comes in when they hear "It's ready - let's watch the movie" and so they don't deal with / see any of it anyway. They just see / hear the movie while it's playing. They could care less about any of the other stuff.