Apple TV 4k - black screen & lag when starting videos

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gowhitestripes, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. gowhitestripes macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    Recently I've been getting a black screen & lag when starting videos on my Apple TV 4k 64 gb. It's frustrating. I don't know if it has to do with HDR settings?

    Maybe a recent update broke something?

    Anyone else having this issue?
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
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  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    If you've activated either HDR or framerate adaptation, then this initial blackout is what you will get.
    And it is the display, not the aTV, that takes time to adapt to incoming stream.
    For most movies the display framerate switch is inevitable, because aTV UI runs at 50/60fps. Majority of movies do not.
    Some of them do it faster than others.
    That was also the reason why Apple initally called these display mode switches as inelegant from UX point of view.
  4. Ashleyyyy89 macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2018
    Yup don’t no what to do about it
  5. DJTaurus macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2012
    I get the black flicker on all my content when i start a movie or a tv series....with the message 1080p 24p....any solution?
  6. Casaron macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014

    The section at the bottom (learn more) mentions the black screen/flickering. I was perplexed about this to start with. Can’t give you any tech reasons, but maybe the answer is to accept it to achieve the best video experience - I dunno! Depends on what you are watching I guess.
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    If switching the aTV back to fixed output (not adaptive) does not solve it, then I would look into a) HDMI cable b) aTV device and c) TV/display in that order (in order of increasing cost of replacement).
  8. Diemenz macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Like said above this is your tv or monitor switching to the format of the source material. This is happening because of the tv or monitor not the Apple TV.

    If you want it to stop turn off match frame rate and your Apple TV will no longer play the source material in its unaltered state and instead play it at the tv / monitors refresh rate and the black outs and lag will stop. However the material will always look better in its native frame rate and I mean much better. Some TVs are better then others in the format switch and speed that they do it.

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