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Topic # 220201 31-Jul-2017 09:08
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I just bought the TH-65EZ950U 65 on the weekend, seems like a stunning TV. Obviously I want to feed 4k Content into it as much as possible.

 

I joined Netflix (I know, late starter hehe) as thought I'd have a go at streaming 4k content... I knew I was being overly hopeful but had my fingers crossed, but no. I live  rural and my connections maxes at 5.1mbps *sigh* - The real kicker is 100m down the road can get VDSL which is probably enough according to Netflix specs!

 

So, I'm hesitant to buy a 4k Bluray player as I won't get any change from $500 and will use it less than 10 times if I'm honest. 

 

 

 

Option 3 and from what I can see the only real option to get 4k content for now is the download.  So I maxed out my mighty connection and secured a couple of 4k rips, sprinted to the media room and started to view Passenegers to find them talking in spanish... C'mon guys, surely you are feeling my frustrations by now!  Being a little bit clever I managed to find the options and found 3 audio files, Spanish, Ukrainian and Russian. *sigh* - went back to PC and looked at the file, it has 5 audio tracks, French and English DTS.  So apparently This $9k TV that has built in HEVC and played the file beautifully dopesn't decode DTS, that most decent HEVC files use for audio.  Personally it feels like Panasonic missed a trick here, but a trick I doubt they will fix in an update. I know they have to pay for a licence for each codec so obviously DTS wasn't on special that week.

 

I have 5 media players here none of which do 4K, well one does but its 30fps only (seriously)

 

I've had a quick look around at media players and there is a huge amount of options... I'm hesitant to get a cheap one from aliexpress as their specs can be somewhat interesting to say the least. The new popcornhour only has overseas PSU's and my last attempt at a raspberry pi 3 could net get digital audio out into my amp cleanly.

 

 

 

I wouldn't have thought it was a big ask though... I need

 

* clean design and fast loading and simple (rules out HTPC)

 

* Plays 4k nicely, smoothly and HDR support woult be amazing

 

* Wired Lan port (seems to be lacking on most) could possibly do without and just use USB and HDD's

 

* dolby digital and DTS separate audio out.

 

* Nice scraping system

 

 

 

Is that really too much to be asking? :|  I wouldn't have thought so

 

Also any other great ideas for 4k content I may have missed?


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  Reply # 1834075 31-Jul-2017 09:30
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Welcome to the OLED club.

 

http://zappiti.com/zappiti-one-4k-hdr.html

 

 





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  Reply # 1834090 31-Jul-2017 09:45
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personally I would go for a Nvidia Shield TV and just run Kodi.  Personally I prefer plex to kodi, but both will work.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1834092 31-Jul-2017 09:46
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Nvidia Shield TV with Plex?





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  Reply # 1834093 31-Jul-2017 09:46
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Wow, they look fantastic... a bit concerning there are no prices anywhere haha. Do you have one?




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  Reply # 1834099 31-Jul-2017 09:59
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These forums are gold... I'd have never found those two. The Nvidia Shield looks fantastic.. only one in NZ being sold for $600 though... possibly overkill for me as the gaming side of things would not get used I wouldn't think.


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  Reply # 1834112 31-Jul-2017 10:13
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I'm hoping Apple TV5 might provide this. I had to go ATV4 when all our local video stores closed, thus rendering my three Blu-ray players redundant. The ATV allows caching if your connection isn't fast enough for streaming. I know it doesn't provide an immediate solution to your dilemma but may colour your decision on how much to spend now.

By the way, I was envious after reading the first sentence of the OP.




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  Reply # 1834118 31-Jul-2017 10:20
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Sancho:

 

These forums are gold... I'd have never found those two. The Nvidia Shield looks fantastic.. only one in NZ being sold for $600 though... possibly overkill for me as the gaming side of things would not get used I wouldn't think.

 

 

theres this magic little place called "ebay" :P  anything like this has a huge market up on trademe/locally.  usually can get stuff here inside a week.


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  Reply # 1834121 31-Jul-2017 10:27
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With a great OLED set like that the best for Picture and Uncompressed Audio can only come from UHD Blu-ray. Even upscaled 1080P Blu-rays would look fantastic. You dont want to feed it anything less and always wonder whats possible. 


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  Reply # 1834130 31-Jul-2017 10:36
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I have two Shield TVs now. One connected to a 4K HDR enabled TV and the other in the spare room connected to 1080P TV. Both connected through a wired Gigabit network to a Mac Mini running a Plex media server. Fantastic set-up, no issues in streaming 4K to the lounge room and if your internet connections is ever upgraded they both support Netflix and Amazon Prime in 4k HDR.


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  Reply # 1834143 31-Jul-2017 10:47
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If that helps, I ordered a Shield TV from amazon.co.uk. Had it within 1 week. $330 landed.




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  Reply # 1834147 31-Jul-2017 10:53
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gcorgnet:

 

If that helps, I ordered a Shield TV from amazon.co.uk. Had it within 1 week. $330 landed.

 

 

 

 

No issues with zoning or NZ/Au plugs etc?


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  Reply # 1834160 31-Jul-2017 11:01
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Just to display my ignorance of such things, would it be worth getting a PS4 or xBox something, don't the new ones have 4k players built in ?





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  Reply # 1834166 31-Jul-2017 11:05
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Sancho:

 

gcorgnet:

 

If that helps, I ordered a Shield TV from amazon.co.uk. Had it within 1 week. $330 landed.

 

 

 

 

No issues with zoning or NZ/Au plugs etc?

 

 

 

 

Not sure about Zoning. I only use (NZ) Netflix and was able to log in and stream content without any issue. As for plus, a $5 adapter does the trick.


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  Reply # 1834169 31-Jul-2017 11:09
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FYI, Shield from US would be $24 cheaper.





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  Reply # 1834172 31-Jul-2017 11:13
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rb99:

 

FYI, Shield from US would be $24 cheaper.

 

 

 

 

Linkage?


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