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TVreporter

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My 4K refurb just arrived.

I see so many different articles about settings.

What do you recommend? And should I update right away to the latest TV OS?
 

JBaby

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First update all devices to the latest OS. Then set tv to 4K SDR with Match Content settings set to on for both. These settings allow for all the majority of streaming content to stream correctly. When you have HDR or Dolby Vision content the tv will switch to HDR or Dolby Vision automatically. Frame rate will be correct automatically too.
 
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TVreporter

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My biggest regret is not getting the 4K box much sooner - this blows the third gen away!

Love the OS, photos also load faster (don’t have the speediest internet connection) and everything flows and loads well.

And dare I stand with the minority and say I like the remote so far!? I did get a case to help with the grip.
 
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waw74

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And dare I stand with the minority and say I like the remote so far!? I did get a case to help with the grip.

I think most people's gripe with the remote is the physical design and it being overly symmetrical, which you fixed with adding a case.

I love the way it works, just wished I didn't have to pay so much attention to keep from hitting the wrong buttons all the time. Most other remotes feel wrong if they're in your hand the wrong way.
At least they fixed the HUGE problem when it first came out, where it would scroll video without it being paused, so if you were watching a show, and accidentally touched the touch surface, suddenly you were 5-10 minutes away in your video.
 
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JBaby

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My biggest regret is not getting the 4K box much sooner - this blows the third gen away!

Love the OS, photos also load faster (don’t have the speediest internet connection) and everything flows and loads well.

And dare I stand with the minority and say I like the remote so far!? I did get a case to help with the grip.

I like the remote too after I put a thick case on it. It’s too thin for me. It’s to hard to hold on its own. But I’ve loved the way it works since day one.
 
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chris4565

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First update all devices to the latest OS. Then set tv to 4K SDR with Match Content settings set to on for both. These settings allow for all the majority of streaming content to stream correctly. When you have HDR or Dolby Vision content the tv will switch to HDR or Dolby Vision automatically. Frame rate will be correct automatically too.
I personally prefer to set my Apple TV to 4K Dolby Vision because I love the look when the Home menu and screensavers are all displayed in HDR but I think that's just personal preference :)
 
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JBaby

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I personally prefer to set my Apple TV to 4K Dolby Vision because I love the look when the Home menu and screensavers are all displayed in HDR but I think that's just personal preference :)

I’ve got news for you. The menus aren’t in HDR or DV. Only the screensavers are.

When set to 4K SDR, non-HDR/DV content will look awesome, and HDR/DV content will look brilliant because the ATV will automatically play HDR content in HDR/DV due to Match Dynamic Range. Leaving it as you have means that SDR content is being upscaled fir no good reason.

Leaving it set to DV all the time can also potentially shorten the lifespan of your TV because DV requires the backlight set to maximum.

I wish  would play the screensavers in DV like it used to when set to 4K SDR.
 

chris4565

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I’ve got news for you. The menus aren’t in HDR or DV. Only the screensavers are.
That's doesn't seem to be the case. Even when I'm in the menus the TV is set to Dolby Vision, max brightness. (Edit: Ah, now I know what's going on: I just read that when put to 4K SDR with match content, the menus are in SDR. But when put to 4K HDR with match content, the menus are in HDR).
Leaving it as you have means that SDR content is being upscaled fir no good reason.
Nope, because I have the settings enabled to match the content. So it switches to SDR when the source content is in SDR.
 
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JBaby

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That's doesn't seem to be the case. Even when I'm in the menus the TV is set to Dolby Vision, max brightness. (Edit: Ah, now I know what's going on: I just read that when put to 4K SDR with match content, the menus are in SDR. But when put to 4K HDR with match content, the menus are in HDR).

Nope, because I have the settings enabled to match the content. So it switches to SDR when the source content is in SDR.

This isn’t true. But you do you.
 
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