What a pickle. ATV 4K? Nvidia Shield? UHD Player?

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  1. WhiteLimo1988

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    I’m in a pickle, and I’m about to buy a 4K tv, and unsure on what route of 4K media consumption to take.

    I like the idea of having physical copies, but £25 for a film? Ouch where I can get it on iTunes for £10?

    I’ve not got amazing sound system, simply an old amp and a 3.1 speaker set up. So atmos stuff doesn’t bother me.

    I’d want infinity war in 4K, but it seems on iTunes it’s only coming in HD? Is there a reason for this? Most Disney (including the likes of Solo and Black Panther) films only seem HD and not 4K.

    So right now I’m at a ATV 4K vs Nvidia Shield vs UHD Player.

    Yes a 4K Player is cheaper, but films are a lot more expensive.

    Apple TV. A bit more expensive. Cheaper movies. No Disney? marvel 4K? Don’t own the copy. Just “rent” from server. But a lot of space saved.

    Nvidia is good, but not many 4K films on google play store. Can use as plex server? So can download movies and play through this in 4K (providing films are downloaded in 4k?)

    Argh! Anyone shed some light for me? What you all found best?
     
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    I'm on my third UHD Blu-ray player, just added a ATV 4K today will try it out tonight or over the weekend. Also have a CCU and 4K BT Youview box.
    And also have Amazon Prime video which I may lapse soon as there is not a lot in 4K that is included in the subscription and have currently a lapsed Netflix 4K subscription.

    So plenty of options for 4K viewing as and when required.
     
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    Plex server on Nvidia Shield. You can get full 4K HDR for less than $2.00 each.
     
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    I have got Nvidia Shield and Zidoo X9S and I am about to retire them both in favour of Apple TV 4K with Infuse.

    I just can't get the other two boxes working right, either they stop talking to my NAS or all of my settings reset.

    I prefet the Apple TV for renting movies anyway, so it makes sense to come down to one box if I can. I'll keep the Zidoo for 3D movies, but I am dreading using it again.
     
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    How?
     
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    Yeah I’ve got amazon prime and Netflix as 4K sources too. Just wanting something for new movies too.

    What’s CCU?
     
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    Chromecast Ultra.
     
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    Ah I see! Cheers .
     
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    I've seen a few people say they use iTunes account for different nations? How easy is this? If I make purchases on my UK account .. would they show up if I switched to a US account?

    Also if a film had Dolby Vision... And my TV doesn't have it, will it just show the colours in HDR? Or will it just be 4K?
     
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    For access to pretty much every movie in 4k then having a dedicated player is the only option.

    An apple TV is a decent compromise as it has a lot more 4k content than the shield, The content is reasonably priced and there are also many bargains to be had, Licensing issues prevents them from having access to some studio's movies in 4k. If a studio does eventually get on board then the HD version is usually upgraded to 4k for free.

    I would recommend the shield if lossless atmos is important. Another advantage i guess is you can plug your hard drive straight in.

    The ATV offers a much better experience than the shield, with the exception of lossless atmos its capable of playing back all the same content and is a lot more reliable (from personal experience)

    If you intend on using kodi/plex/infuse or whatever then a UHD player is must anyway as its kind of pointless to buy movies which can only be viewed by ripping the disk. you have shelled out the £25 anyway. Unless of course the plan is to just pirate the content.

    cheers
     
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    all info on region stuff here mate iTunes/UV/MA Redemption & Playback FAQ (Please read OP as questions may already be answered)

    Dolby vision stuff shows in HDR

    cheers
     
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    I use CC Ultra strictly for its Dolby Vision streaming and for YouTube HDR. Beyond that, Nvidia Shield TV is by far the best streaming device overall
     
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    have you used an ATV mate?

    cheers
     
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    I have seen it firsthand because a friend of mine has it. Very good device but I am not an Apple fan, I am a Google/Microsoft guy through and through
     
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    cheers mate

    thats all i needed to know :thumbsup:
     
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    How are you getting 4K content that’s not via Netflix or Amazon out of curiosity. That’s what’s swaying me more towards the ATV
     
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    Plex Server
     
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    If you want to buy 4K DV content then the only game in town is the ATV 4K. There are several hundred 4K movies on iTunes already and both catalogue and new titles are added very often. Plus anything you own in HD which gets a 4K release will be upgraded for free.

    I also have a Shield but it exists now solely as a retro game player (Retroarch). It has more options to playback media you've ripped yourself (VLC etc) but I got bored of the hassle of all that years ago. Buying 4K stuff on iTunes is so cheap and easy it's an easy choice for me. There are virtually no 4K movies on Amazon or Google Play.
     
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    Of you build a Plex server you can have a great experience with Nvidia Shield and you get full quality content and not compressed like the DV content for sale on iTunes
     
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    Plex is for streaming local content, which means buying very expensive 4K BDs, installing a 4K drive in your PC, ripping the discs, then storing them on a huge NAS. The quality may well be better in the end but the hassle and expense are off the charts. Frankly, life's too short. I'll stick to iTunes.
     
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    Infuse plays the same rips anyway (minus atmos)
     

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