The new Apple TV added some much-needed 4K skills to its arsenal, putting it on a par with rival streaming boxes. But it has one rather major flaw - it outputs the same quality video to your TV, regardless of what quality the video is.
In other words, it tries to make it looks good as possible, even if it was originally encoded at a much lower resolution. This can actually make the picture quality look worse than if it just played it in its original format.
Now a fix is at hand. According to some yet-to-be-released software, the device will soon automatically switch its display settings to match the native frame rate and dynamic range of a video.
At the moment, the Apple TV auto-configures these outputs during set-up. Hence there's no noticeable switch when it goes in and out of HDR modes. Apple's solution means it defaults to 4K Dolby Vision HDR - a great-quality format, but not if the video was designed for standard definition and standard dynamic range.
But the new software fixes this. Called tvOS 11.2, it features a 'Match Content' setting that lets you auto-match the dynamic range and refresh rate. Though both will be off by default, so it will require some jiggery-pokery in the settings.
There's no word on when tvOS 11.2 will launch, but hopefully it won't be long.