Fire TV 3 to get Cinema Mode?
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11It's only been a matter of days since we learned that Apple is working on improving the playback capabilities of the Apple TV 4K but it seems like Amazon could very well be working along similar lines with the Fire TV 3.
The discovery was made over at AFTV News who have analysed the source code for Fire OS 6 and unearthed a setting named “Cinema Mode,” which is currently unavailable to end users but is apparently there for developers should Amazon choose to enable it.
The description of the setting reads as follows in the code:
“When Cinema Mode is on, supported apps will use native frame rate during video playback. Video resolution must be set to Auto to enable Cinema Mode.”
If this comes to fruition – and we dearly hope it does – it means that playback of content at 24/23.976 frames per second, in particular, should see a fairly dramatic improvement in that it will allow the TV to display movies and TV shows at a refresh rate that complements the frame rate.
The Fire TV defaults to a 60Hz output which means the display has to perform what is known as 3:2 pulldown, where a third video field (a half frame) is added to every second video frame. For most people, this processing will go unnoticed but videophiles and enthusiasts will spot it and it becomes distracting, quickly.
We’ll have to wait and see if Amazon does ever implement this code and it might just be that it’s ‘leftovers’ from Android 7 (Nougat), on which Fire OS 6 is based. Moreover it will need the app developers to make use of it, which the likes of Netflix, and Amazon themselves, seem unwilling to do so far but maybe the tide is turning…
Source: AFTV News
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