Originally Posted by sonoftumble
Especially the AppleTV 4K. I put a signal analyzer on my ATV 4K's HDMI port, and it is outputting 17.92Gb on DV playback. And now that it will have Atmos, pretty much most of the objections will have been addressed.
BEFORE THE ATV DOUBTER SQUAD STARTS CHIMING IN: I know that lossy Atmos isn't as "good" as lossless Atmos, but it's still better than 5.1 - and it would be interesting to do a blind taste test to see if anyone could tell the difference. LOL
I love the Apple TV 4K, It serves me 99% of my content, as the Apple TV 4 did on my 1080p TV, but this time it really serves up a viable option for owning movies, as well as rentals. I would contend that even iTunes 1080p is decent enough to never bother with redbox or buying blind, but especially upscaled on a good TV like the OLEDs, you do see a bit of softness and blocking etc on the 1080p stuff, that Blu-Rays just don't show. Historically I've gone with BR for both a physical copy and max quality if I know I'll rewatch the film more than once in the future.
Almost all of my 4k viewings on Apple TV have been near perfect however. I saw some macroblocking in a dark scene in Love Simon (great watch) the other night, and some compression bluriness going on in the storm sequence in Tomb Raider (not so great of a watch) as well. These are small hiccups though, as films like Annihilation are perfect, for half the price of the discs as well. Plus, plenty of films, like the Warner Bros films are getting DV on Apple TV, while the discs are saddled with HDR10 only.
The downside though, is that there's a perceptible loss of detail to my eyes on films with any grainfield. Blade Runner, and especially The Fifth Element are noticeably less grainy and therefore less detailed than the disc copy. This means I'm still going to stick to getting the discs when I really want a hard copy, and think that the image will receive a perceptible bump up in quality, but its not often these titles come out.
I'm a vinyl collector and a hardcore physical media enthusiast, but I think Apple really has won me over with the quality of these releases and the price to get them.