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    Apple TV 4K lets you watch movies and shows in amazing 4K HDR — and now it completes the picture with immersive sound from Dolby Atmos. Stream your favorite channels live. Enjoy great content from apps like Amazon Prime Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and Netflix. And thanks to Siri, you can control it all with just your voice. Find sports from apps like NBA and MLB. Late-breaking news from apps like Bloomberg and CNN. And complete live-channel and on-demand packages from apps such as DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and Sling TV.

Update January 2019: Recent test drove the new Apple 4K tv at a friend’s home. The experience was a necessary evolution from the former Apple TV hardware/software platform. The remote is a vast improvement over its predecessor and the app display is much more like a computer and or mobile device desktop view. One suggestion is to add a google search or browser application for the Apple 4k platform. I do like the idea of utilizing the Coursera online course application on this much larger than iPad or mobile view. Apple, thank you! Great improvements over the old Apple TV platform.

May 2019 update:  Previewed the Amazon Fire stick 4K and in so many ways this is a small step for convenience and easy learning curve for those who have tried the Apple 4K platform.   Where Amazon Fire stick 4K wins over Apple 4K is the Firestick’s tie in with Alexa on channel search and the quick program finds and opens. Firestick 4K app platform provides two browser options (Firefox and Amazon own browser). Where Firestick lost me was the screensaver where we are not given the option of adding our favorite Flickr feed of images rather one is left with either the default or choosing to share our cherished images with Amazon images loading from the same.

July 2019:  Full conversion from Apple TV to Amazon 4K Firestick.  One important reason:  Superior remote and Alexa tie in.   The one big ask from Amazon is to allow us to link to our favorite Flickr photostream rather than upload our images from the cloud or Google Drive onto your platform or rest on the default stream.

I have one of the first generation Apple tv connected, via HDTV cable, to a Samsung HD 1080P LCD 39 Inch TV. I am more than pleased with the picture quality and the mostly free streaming, in spite of the mandatory must watch adverts. Apple TV with Amazon Prime makes subscription streaming over subscription cable a no brainer for me. Remember that Amazon Prime free movies, tv and shipping pay for the annual or monthly subscription even before you add in the Prime discounts at Whole Foods (based on routine and regular utilization).    I was quite satisfied (see comparison anxiety 101) until walking the aisles of Costco recently with a close friend and longtime Costco member and catching the lucid-crisp-flawless-hyperreal-picture image clarity of a 4K display broadcast. The keyword in the aforementioned sentence is 4K broadcast. To truly enjoy the remarkable 4K viewing experience, one must first receive a 4K broadcast program or channel and watch the 4K  broadcast on a 4K technology TV/monitor.  

   Do we need the very best picture quality to be happy? You know we do not! Yet, since this young Irish lad was a wee li’l munchkin he has always had a penchant for the best and finest new gadgets. Looking for a hyper-technical review of the new Apple TV or Roku there are plenty of other websites dedicated to the tech nerd.  My review is for those who know what they like and enjoy the best overall value in audio-video new technology. Right now, the TCL 4K Roku TV series wins the prize for the best overall value, hands down.  

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TCL 4K Roku TV (2017 Model) Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 49″ x 28.3″ x 3″, TV with stand: 49″ x 30.1″ x 8.3″ Smart functionality offers access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the most lifelike picture Full-array LED backlighting with 72 local dimming zones produces deep blacks and excellent picture quality 120Hz refresh rate allows fast-moving action scenes to be seen with virtually no motion blur Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Answer: Let’s take this opportunity to talk upscaling for just a second. A 4k Ultra HD TV (anyone) has a fixed resolution of 3840 x 2860 pixels. Or, about 8,000,000 pixels. That is also the resolution of an incoming 4k signal, so it simply displays it, looking AMAZING! Now, there is also a ton of content out there that is less than 4k. You’re asking about 1080p. A 1080p signal is 1920 x 1080 pixels, or about 2,000,000 pixels. So if a 4k TV (with 8,000,000 pixels) displays only 1080p (2,000,000 pixels) about 3/4 of the screen would remain unfilled. Enter “upscaling” (or upconversion). ALL 4K ULTRA HD TVs HAVE TO PERFORM UPSCALING TO FILL THE SCREEN. What the TVs do is “fill in the blanks” and create a 4k Ultra HD image using the 1080p image as the basis. That being said, it can be done well, or not-so-well and TCL’s proprietary 4K Creative Pro upscaling engine allows you to view your HD content in near 4K quality by doing it well. So the question isn’t “does it support upscaling”, but “How well does it do?”. Really hope that helps, TCL USA Support see less By TCL USA MANUFACTURER   TCL 4K Roku TV on May 30, 2017  

 

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      TCL – 65″ Class – LED – 6 Series – 2160p – Smart – 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV     Watch your favorite movies on this 65-inch TCL LED TV. Its 4K resolution delivers a crisp picture with 1.07 billion colors for a brilliant appearance, and its 178-degree viewing angle ensures everyone in the room has a great view. This TCL LED TV has Dolby Vision HDR for improved contrast and a more lifelike, detailed display. 4K Ultra HD TV Buying Guide Features Dolby Vision HDR Provides images with superior color, contrast and brightness, so all your favorite movies, shows and games come to life in stunning clarity. 120 Zone Contrast Control Optimizes contrast in each zone to deliver brighter whites and deeper blacks. You’ll notice striking bright and dark areas of the picture with Contrast Control Zone technology. Wide Color Gamut with NBP Photon technology Delivers a vibrant and rich color palette and produces images with superior color, contrast and brightness. HDR Pro Gamma Details remain visible in any environment – from the darkest home theater to the brightest sun-lit living rooms. iPQ Engine Precision color performance tailored to deliver accurate color reproduction and optimized DCI-P3 color space coverage. Roku Smart TV Roku TV offers access to stream 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from one simple, intuitive interface. 64.5″ screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner) Large enough to provide an immersive experience for everyone in the room. 2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality. Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content. Smart TV with access to streaming services for countless entertainment options Stream shows, movies, games and more with the TV’s built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps. LED TVs perform well in all lighting conditions They also deliver plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors. Advanced TV sound Two 8W main channel speakers. 3 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection High-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable not included. Enjoy the picture from multiple angles 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen. Natural Motion 240 Delivers exceptionally smooth clarity during fast action scenes. 1 USB input Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or other USB device. Manage the viewing experience for your kids The built-in V-chip lets you block content based on program ratings and check ratings of unfamiliar programs. Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.