4K HDR on Apple TV

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#1

Hi Everyone,

I've seen this question asked but it seems to be a work in progress so I am a little confused what the current state of play is.

I've just bought a 4K HDR TV and obviously I want to use Plex to consume my content because it is the best!

Can you stream 4K HDR Remuxed MKV rips to an Apple TV? I know the apple TV won't natively play MKV files so can it transcode it to an MP4 container on the fly?

Thanks


#2

The Plex client never transcodes. The Plex server does the transcoding. If the Plex client can Direct Play the particular media there will be no transcoding.


#3

Thanks for the response and that was my question exactly, will Plex transcode the file into a format the Apple TV can play without losing quality and HDR meta data.


#4

Yes, it should transcode from mkv to mp4. But if an audio or video format isn’t supported by tvOS it may convert or break the transcoder.


#5

Does it maintain the HDR info? I tried to use it with my PC which has HDMI 2 on it, I turned HDR on Windows 10 and my TV didn’t pickup the HDR signal the way it does with its built in video app.


#6

Yes it does. Despite reading everywhere it doesn’t, it definitely does. Just beware of using embedded subs like PGS. In my case I extract forced subs to external .srt After that you should be golden.


#7

My question is… What storage option should I use to upgrade to 4-8 TB?

I have been looking through almost all of these threads trying to find someone with my same set up but I can’t seem to find it. I am currently using my very basic HP Pavilion laptop with Intel Core i3 - 500 GB Hard Drive and I stream my movies through the Plex app on Apple TV 4k.
Everything has been seamless for me so far - I mostly download 1080p or 720p but in the future if I get enough storage I would start getting 4k (when I get a 4k tv).

My question is… What storage option should I use to upgrade to 4-8 TB?
I keep reading threads where people say most affordable NAS devices don’t have the processing power but others say that’s all they use. Should I just get an external hard drive and plug it into a computer? Please help! I want suggestions of what to buy for under $300