Showing higher resolution images via ATV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by robgendreau, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I'm trying to figure out the high resolution thing on the ATV.

    I know it doesn't do 4k, but does that mean it can't make use of a 4k monitor? I know it won't play 4k video, but will a 4k monitor on an ATV work like a 4k monitor on a Mac (ie at that resolution), or does the ATV only output 1920x1080?

    I ask because even aside from 4k video many of us have media that displays nicely at 4k resolution, like photos.
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    the output resolution is 1080.

    your 4K monitor will display a 1080 image.

    i suspect it might be able to play 4K video, but it would still output at 1080. although it might stutter a bit.

    it will display higher resolution photos, but at 1080.
  3. robgendreau thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Thanks. I'll look for other devices.
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    if you must have 4K, roku is probably your best bet.
  5. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    You might want to hold on to whatever it is you're using until the next batch of updated streamers come out, or at least check whether your current display works will with the Roku4 or FireTV2, neither plays nicely are takes full advantage of all 4K displays -- the industry is still kind of working it all out.
  6. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    My ATV 4 does not play 4k movies stored on my NAS.
    It shutters at every frame.
  7. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    It will output 1080p MAX. Your 4K TV will upscale it- just like it upscales any other source of HD video you send to it (cable/satt, blu ray, etc). It can't do more than it can do (or Apple chooses to allow it to do... unless maybe the jail breakers can break it and then find some way to squeeze more out of it).

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