With the release of tvOS 14, we were told that we could enjoy 4K YouTube content on our Apple TVs. But when the launch came on September 16, the AWOL function was without explanation as to why.
Now it seems that YouTube may be working on bringing the feature online, in the end.
According to a report from Flat panels HD and more people on Reddit, some YouTubers can now watch 4K content on YouTube via Apple TV 4K. But it is certainly not available to everyone yet.
Also, the feature is limited even for those who have access to it without HDR support in place right now. Even worse, not all 4K videos work either, with only those recorded at 30 frames per second. Anything higher will by default be 1440p.
Apple TV currently supports 4K YouTube videos in 4K resolution with a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second. 50 fps or 60 fps videos drop to 1440p resolution.
Yes, Youtube (latest ver) finally streams in 4K in 14.2 (18K5036d) public beta (picture!) From appletv
The lack of HDR support is a problem, and it is certainly something that will change in the future. We expect the same situation at 60 frames per second as well, although new Apple TV hardware may be needed to make it happen.
Neither Apple nor YouTube has explained what happens to the 4K HDR support here, but we hope this is a sign that things are at least moving in the right direction. Shout out in the comments below if you see 4K content in your YouTube app.
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