Originally Posted by Brian Hampton
You don't need a subscription if you buy "pro" but you don't get any new versions... the pro version is locked at version 5 I think. There will be new versions so the subscription may prove cheaper than rebuying revisions.
OK, I'll wait and see how often i'd be required to upgrade to the next paid version. So far I've gotten each point release for version 5 free. So i'm guessing the paid upgrade without a subscription is just for major releases. If it's $15 a year, then it's not too bad, especially if I don't need the new version right away, then it spreads out the upgrade cost even longer. I'll just have to wait and see.
I'm going to also see what TVOS 12 brings. Because of the way I have the 4K theater setup, it's a mix of HDMI 1.4 for the sound bar, and 2.0 for the devices and TV. The problem is, Apple TV doesn't use passthrough for audio, so to get 5.1 I'm forced have everything sent as Dolby Digital.
The best quality setting in these circumstances is fairly stupid compared to other devices. Because all devices (except the UHD disc player) go through the TV, and then the audio is sent from TV to sound bar by optical, Apple doesn't send DD 5.1 as best, they send Stereo PCM, so I have to force it. Where as devices like Roku can take advantage of the TV's internal processing of DD+ to DD, and the TV can pass standard DTS, so from the Roku I get the lossy codecs passed no issues.
With my Apple TV 4, that's a different story, since that setup is 1080p, and all HDMI 1.4, i stuck a switch in there so all devices have a dirrect HDMI connection to the sound bar, and TV via passthrough. So that Apple TV does PCM 5.1
With the Living room because the Sony Player has dual HDMI outputs, that solves the issue of at least one device having a direct HDMI connection to both devices with the appropriate standard for best performance. If things aren't changed in TVOS 12 as far as audio processing, i might consider a Shield TV for the 4k setup. From what I understand, while I won't get lossless audio, I will still get the native lossey codecs I'm ok with lossey for now, but it does bother me to have to force everything one way with the Apple TV because Apple can't make the thing just pass the original audio.