No more 1080p downloads

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by megalaser, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. megalaser macrumors 6502

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    Just noticed that all movie/TV show downloads (not streaming) are now only 720p in iTunes INCLUDING PAST PURCHASES that were clearly advertised as 1080p download - now re-downloads are reduced to 720p, new movies and TV shows, all 720p which falls way short of the resolution of a retina iPad or iMac . . . . .
     
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  4. betman macrumors regular

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    I just clicked on a random show on itunes (House of Cards) and it's showing as 1080p.
     
  5. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

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    If you were smart you'd be downloading the 720p version anyways because they're better quality.
     
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  7. cebseb macrumors regular

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    I too would like to know. It could save me some band with.
     
  8. Dunk the Lunk macrumors regular

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    The resolution is smaller but there is less compression (to make the file size smaller). This means the quality of the picture is 'better'.

    However unless you only have a 720p TV/monitor, have a 1080p tv with a very good upscaler or are sat very close to it, personally I'm not sure you'd notice much difference.
     
  9. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Don't listen to this guy. There is no argument here, 1080p > 720p.
     
  10. Menel macrumors 603

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    You need to understand compression. This is not a hard rule.

    720P at 20mbps, is far better than 1080P at 4mbps.

    You can't take one variable of many and set a hard rule.

    And IIRC Apple did not increase the bitrate of their 1080P video enough to compensate for the additional pixels.
     
  11. cardsdoc macrumors 6502

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    There have been lots of comparisons of different streaming formats vs blu ray over the years. Not surprisingly blu ray is always on top but with some movies the difference can be quite small except for the sound. In regards to 720p vs 1080p itunes there seems to be quite a lot of variability depending on the movie or scene. In scenes that are more difficult for h.264 with a lot of shadow or darkness itunes 720p can be better due to its relatively higher bit rate. In scenes where that's less of an issue 1080p is more detailed/sharper. Also I think I recall some reviewers feeling apple's compression has gotten better over time improving 1080p encodes but don't quote me on that.
     
  12. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

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    Because apple only increased bitrate on 1080p videos from 4 to 5 Mbps for their tv shows, while there are 2.25x the amount of pixels to fill. Because of that there is severe detail loss with their 1080p videos. Animation generally looks better in 1080p because it compresses better. "Filmed" video looks better in 720p. Their movie offerings fair even worse. The bitrate on 1080p is lower, sometimes even lower than the 720p version.

    Plenty of discussion in here.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1376130

    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/28741
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/23134
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/3822
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/3820
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/3821
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/21051
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/23267
    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/8096/picture:1
     
  13. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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