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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-01-02, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Question Apple 4k TV vs Telus 4k TV vs Oppo 203 bluray player

Apple 4k vs Telus 4k vs oppo 203 bluray player

just wondering: i'm a happy telus tv subscriber overall.
i just purchased a cdn$250 apple 4k streamer after reading alot of very positive reviews on it.
many pro reviewers even suggesting it comes very close to the cdn$720 oppo 203 4k bluray player
and on the same youtube page you'll see other reviews comparing the apple 4k to a bluray player.
impressive i must say.

so yesterday i went and got an apple 4k tv player to try.
set it up yesterday...movies for either rent in itunes are quite reasonable
and some even have dolby vision (which i'd prefer for my lg oled).

but i have a few questions:
has anyone on here compared the apple 4k tv to the cisco 4k stb that Telus uses?
anyone have an oppo 203 and can comment?

i'm looking forward to what the 2018 Jan CES show reveals in terms of possible new 4k bluray players,
hopefully with dolby vision and streaming capabilities.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-01-02, 04:25 PM
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I have the OPPO and it is outstanding...

If you have a collection of movies then this would be the way to go.

I have not tried Apple TV but I imagine it too is quite good.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-01-04, 02:43 PM
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Was just wondering if anyone knows of a blu ray player that has the Amazon Video built in or the ability to download it. Have tried the Sony BDP-S3700 and Samsung BD-J5700. They have Netflix but not Amazon. All I need is Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. I'm a newbie here so please excuse any posting errors.
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For long term compatibility with apps and services, an Android smart TV, Android TV box or Apple TV are probably the best bets. Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube all have Android apps. I believe that Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube are all available on the Apple TV if that's preferred. These devices support a lot more services than just those three and will support new services as they and their apps become available. They don't play Blu-ray discs natively.

A HTPC will support Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube in a browser and Windows apps when available. It can also play Blu-ray discs with the right hardware and software. A HTPC is not a typical Blu-ray player though.

The problem with proprietary hardware like the players mentioned is that the app support stops after a year or two and they become obsolete very fast. It would be nice if Sony decided to support Android in their Blu-ray players or Apple came out with an Apple TV with Blu-ray player but those two camps are miles apart. In the long run, streaming is going to make Blu-ray players obsolete so a good, cheap player plus a separate cheap streaming device makes more sense than spending big bucks on a combo device.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-01-04, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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thanks...i love streaming...saves me not buying anything.
(I also stream tidal via Roon for music)
anyone compare the Telus 4k stb visuals against the apple 4k tv ?

my snot audiophile friend says repeatedly 'just get the oppo 203!'
otherwise i'm watching compressed mp3 video and not using my LG Oled to it's full capacity.
whatever (****!)

but to me spending $880 on this oppo 203 player isn't cheap
($720, then add 12% taxes and $80 for shipping = $880ish)
and this is what i cough up before i even get to watch a 4k bluray is $$$
...then for 4k blurays there is only about 150 or so out there.
and many of the don't tickle my fancy.

so i 'bought' 3 movies from the itunes store when in the apple 4k tv... at $6- $9 each:
'dawn of the planet of the apes', 'war for the planet of the apes'
and 'star trek'...can't beat those prices vs a 4k bluray disc at 1.5-2x the price.

i'm also finding even recording my own movies in HD from regular Telus TV is satisfying
with this OLED, let alone having to step up to 4k.

again: i'm not against buying a 4k player: just hope CES show starting this week shows more
releases that will both stream and offer dolby vision and atmos.
i'm also hesitant as i see 4k streaming overtaking 4k bluray purchases.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-01-05, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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i just subscribed to netflix uhd yesterday, started watching 'narcos'
wow....the resolution is something in ''uhd'' (throttled/compressed uhd?) on my lg oled.

what alot of bandwidth usage, too: 7gb/hr for uhd.
per the settings tab in netflix for resolution and data used when streaming in various modes (hd vs uhd)

Auto: default video quality and data usage
Low (0.3 GB per hour)
Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
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