I care much more about the content than how it looks. I've watched films off bootleg DVDs and been happier than watching comic book movies on IMAX screens.
> According to Wikipedia, there were about 70? 80s? of these movies in 2018, so presumably there’ll be a similar amount this year.
I'm curious if anything Netflix is pumping out is worth the time investment.
I saw Speed Racer a year ago on an IMAX and it was glorious. Watched it this year at home and it was meh.
I don't think anyone can claim they flat out do or do not need a certain fidelity. It's content specific.
Aren't there enough movie review sites that also have lists of Netflix Originals with their reviews / votes?
For people like GP and I, who care more about content than format, the first premise was more enticing.
Guess what, the smart TV will stream 4k, and the app allows you to display the current bitrate and resolution to verify it (complaint in the article).
When you're done consuming online stuff on your TV, why not just cut the power? Or hook it up via ethernet to a port you can easily disable? Or both?
Sure, these types of articles can be interesting but this comes off as navel gazing and unnecessary complexity of what the actual issue is.
Agreed on the smart TV - better to assume your home network is already compromised, plan accordingly.
There is, search for "test patterns" on Netflix: https://i.imgur.com/nOb7BX4.png
It showed how the extension presents info like resolution, both a/v bitrate, total throughput, and more.
I used to use this extension to force a bitrate, but Netflix removed the ability. Was super useful when you were stuck watching 144p and Netflix refused to serve you anything better despite your connection improving.
So -- assuming the input device isn't compressing and then upscaling, which a Chromecast wouldn't -- it's easy to see the resolution, for Chromecast, XBox, whatever.
As for 4k on macOS:
>The DRM Netflix uses for 4K content is the new HDCP 2.2 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), which macOS does not support as of Mojave.
Also supports downloads and offline viewing.
They do support Widevine (at the lowest security level). When I last looked, with some hackery it was possible to force 1080p playback: https://github.com/vladikoff/netflix-1080p-firefox/pull/34
(/ (* 4000 2000) (* 1400 720))
So here's what to remember about resolutions.
All the common resolutions these days are multiples of 360p.
720 is 2x2
1080 is 3x3
1440 is 4x4
4k is 6x6
So you can fit a grid of 3x3 720p screens into a 4k screen. 9x the pixels.
And the actual resolutions are 1280x720 and 3840x2160.
Although, anecdotally, after setting everything up for 4K I've been underwhelmed by the content - Modern film CGI at 4k looks garbage, the kind of fidelity leap we saw with HD isn't nearly as ubiquitous. On tbat basis, 4k's not 'must have'.
And 17Mbps 4k h.264 wasn't a great place to start in.
Bandwidth will improve, storage will get cheaper, and compression will get better.
There have been in the past devices that have removed HDCP on 1080p content, that could be picked up off Amazon/Aliexpress for like US$20-$30. Sure the bitrate for raw HDMI content isn't something you'd want to store raw, but if you're willing to recompress it, you can have something manageable, while still getting 99% of the quality of the original.
I haven't seen anything yet that will strip 4k HDCP yet. (Maybe the HDFury? But that seems like a lot of money when you could just have a netflix subscription)
It sounds like they exist.
Was because he didn't want to use his built in netflix app
So if you happen to watch on one of those, just make sure you have that info button on your app or real remote.
When pressed, you get the basic bitrate and resolution information for the video stream:
Giving your TV access to the internet might make some things easier, but you’re giving a quite a lot away if you care about privacy.
He just didn't want to turn it on due to paranoia, and ended up using a bunch of extremely dodgy devices that seem to have broken his viewing chain and created lots of problems instead. Well... yeah?
> Meanwhile, there’s another output on the splitter (that can either be 4K or 2K (some people quaintly call this “1080p”))
Nope. 1080 is the horizontal resolution as is 4K. So 1080p is not 2K. 1080p is 2 MP, and 4K is 8MP.
4k (a cinema format): 4096x2160
2k (a cinema format): 2048x1080
UHD (a broadcast format): 3840x2160
HD (a broadcast format): 1920x1080
UHD also includes 7680x4320
*HD also includes 1280x720