TvOS 14 excited many people with the possibility of playing YouTube videos in 4K – but the Apple TV system ended up being released without immediate support for the feature. Now, a few weeks after launch, reports indicate that the option is beginning to reach some users.
According to FlatpanelsHD, some posts on Reddit are from users who claim to have seen the 4K playback option on the YouTube app for tvOS 14, tvOS 14.0.1 and tvOS 14.2. However, there are limitations: 4K content reaches a maximum of 30 frames per second. In addition, HDR is not supported.
Apparently, this is a trial version, since even with the latest version of the system and the streaming application, many users still encounter the 1080p limitation.
In addition, it is not clear whether the absence of HDR will be standard, or if it is just an initial condition for implementing support for higher resolution videos.
In its support page, YouTube explains that it uses the Vp9 codec, and that Apple TV 5th generation is not compatible with it. The same answer was given to a user on Twitter, but YouTube deleted it shortly thereafter, promising support “soon” – and that’s been two weeks.
With information: Mac rumors