Apple TV 4 Bad at Handling Dark/Black Images?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by benh911f, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. benh911f macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I had an Apple TV 3 before I bought the 4, and I didn't notice this issue nearly as much. The dark/black images seem extremely pixelated and washed out. I noticed it a lot when watching "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House." It was extremely distracting. Has anyone else had this issue? Is there a setting I could change to fix it? I'm not expecting Blu-ray quality, but as I mentioned, I didn't have this issue with the ATV3.
  2. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Artifacts in blacks (usually a pixelated line as the shades change) is generally a result of video compression. Its one of the things I use to gauge the quality of an encode.

    What service are you using to watch that show/movie (not familiar with it)?

    If its from a streaming service like Hulu, Netflix, whatever it can likely be made not as noticeable by adjusting brightness and contrast correctly. Goto settings > audio and video > color bars, about 1/3 from the bottom there is a graduated black to white bar. Make sure you can't see the difference between the left 2 blacks furthest on the scale.
  3. blackberrycubed macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2013

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