LG TV does better than VTEN
I use my VTEN with a Thecus N2200 NAS to play media on an LG 65UF9500 UHD TV.
I downloaded several 4K files to play and test. One of the videos is called TimeScapes (about a 20GB download).
In certain parts of the video, it starts to stutter. I clicked on Info and it shows that when the video streaming rate goes above approximately 130-140 Mbps is when the video starts to stutter/buffer/hesitate. As the scene changes, and the streaming rate goes down, the video plays smoothly.
I copied the video file to a USB drive and connected it directly to the VTEN. The result was slightly better, but not by much.
I then connected VTEN directly to the LG TV to eliminate any additional processing added by the Denon receiver. No improvement.
I then connected the USB drive directly to the LG TV, thus removing the Denon and VTEN out of the loop. Lo and behold - flawless playback!
This was my first time playing a video/movie on the LG TV directly from a USB drive. I did not expect it to perform better than a dedicated media play like VTEN.
I am disappointed that the VTEN could not keep up with the 4K video's streaming rate.
I have several other 4K videos that play fine. However, I noticed their streaming rate is below 50-60 Mbps.
On the LG, I can only see the streaming rate when I play the video through VTEN as it is a feature of the media player and not the TV.
Maybe, the LG TV is somehow slowing down the streaming rate. I don't know. However, the video looks stunning and looks the same as when played through the VTEN.