As for the UHD/4K video services, while many video streaming services are supported by the Shield, others including Amazon Video, are currently missing. The Shield offers a good graphical user interface and is very responsive to user inputs.
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Since VLC is open source, there is a large community of users that discuss video playback issues and other problems. So if disabling other applications doesn’t solve the issue, you can find lots of forums to help troubleshoot your issues. VLC is often described as the “only media player you’ll ever need,” but is it really that good? Shaka Player does not appear to cache any of the video in memory, and just downloads the entire video on each playback.
The Roku 4 has a well designed graphical user interface and has adequate processing power to provide responsive menu navigation. I would say that overall for viewing UHD/4K streaming video it does a good job, but there are a few limitations. For example, while it does support UHD streaming services, it does not support High Dynamic Range video.
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As of recent they added media rss support so I guess I’ll take another look. It’s quite amazing that these are the only two major embeddable players out there. Adobe just announce they will release an open player initiative to be launched in Q3 of 09, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Host a live game with questions on a big screen free download or share a game with remote players. If you are a home cinema purist you will stunned to hear they even offer 1080p 24 playback.
On the audio side of things they also offer DTS Audio and Dolby output via pass through or down mixed to stereo. All 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players support the HDR10 high dynamic range format, but some now also support another HDR format, called Dolby Vision. But your TV will also have to support Dolby Vision for this to work.
It appears Roku may be able to add HDR support at a later date via a firmware update, but it’s not clear when, or if, this upgrade will actually be released. All 3 of these UHD/4K streaming players do some things well but each has its own set of limitations or issues. Preparing for this roll-out, the Blu-ray Disc Association as created a web site to promote Ultra HD-Blu-rays . It’s rather expensive at 400,000 yen (about $3300 US) and is a limited production item that is only available in Japan. This blog discusses three UHD/4K streaming players that are now available to consumers and also provides an update on Ultra HD Blu-ray.