Our TV, a 4-year-old Samsung has just developed a fault so the shop has agreed to contribute towards a new TV
One thing I notice with the Samsung is loads of artefacts on HDR material when displaying dark scenes. You get that ‘banding’ with blocks of colour rather than a smooth fade. What causes this? Cheaper LCD panel/backlight? HDR specs (it only supports HDR10)? Streaming over WiFi?
What’s your HDR content source? Blu-Ray or a streaming service?
If it’s a streaming service, I’d guess they’re compressing the stream too much. The marketing guys love to say they offer 4K HDR content but the accountants don’t want to pay for the bandwidth it takes to provide a decent stream at that res.
That’s a shame, from what I understand they shoot many of the space scenes with real models rather than CGI. Probably would look incredible without the banding you’re seeing.
I believe the typical streaming service maxes out around 6 Mbps whereas Blu-Ray can offer up to 40 Mbps. Physics are physics. Suffer poor quality for convenience and instant gratification, or wait for the box set and avoid artifacting.
May as well leave feedback to the streaming services too. Ideally they’d offer higher bitrates for higher service tiers, or maybe semi-hide an option for higher quality in some submenu that average people would never find.
I had a lot of films on DVD and I’d watch others on Sky (analogue) satellite. Then they switched to digital and you got 10 times as many channels, but the quality was artefacted to hell and back. Especially sky / night scenes. Anything with lots of area with a similar colour gets banding as the compression codec equals out the “black” to bands.
I notice it now with streamed content as well. Sometimes the codec is overly aggressive and ruins the whole point of having HDR.
Got Apple TV+ working now Some mesh weirdness. My Fire TV Cube was connected to a mesh unit on the other side of the house rather than the one in the same room for some reason. Watched lots of stuff last night without a glitch. It is noticeably better quality than all the other streaming services.