Today, YouTube has released 4K streaming support on Apple TV 4K. Apple TV boxes running on the latest tvOS 14 will be compatible with the new update. However, HDR support is missing from the update. The new feature is rolling out gradually, therefore, all users might not receive the update immediately.
The new tvOS 14 was publically released on September 15 event “Time Files”, after three months of beta testing, along with other software updates like iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7. The latest version of the Apple TV software includes picture-in-picture support, multi-user gaming, a redesigned control center for HomeKit video camera and accessories, and a new Sci-Fi series on Apple TV+.
YouTube in 4K on Apple TV
Although tvOS 14 was released a few weeks ago, the update did not show on the YouTube app because the video streaming service did not make it available from their end. Fortunately, the update is now gradually rolling out all Apple TV boxes on tvOS 14, tvOS 14.0.1, or tvOS 14.2 beta.
Apple TV users who have not updated their boxes to the latest software version can so do via Settings > System > Software Update and then click on Update Software.
flatpanelshd, a tech publisher, confirms that Apple TV 4K technology is using Google’s VP0 video codec instead of the new AV1 codec which is used by Apple, Google, Netflix, and other developers.
Currently, Apple TV 4K supports 4K videos on YouTube at (up to) 30fps rate. 50fps and 60fps videos drop to 1440p resolution. It is also mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range) is not supported by the video streaming platform at the moment and a time frame of the feature’s availability is not known.
YouTube took a while to release 4K support but the streaming service has to introduce another tvOS 14 feature on Apple TV, Picture-in-Picture. The service has not released the picture-in-picture feature on iOS 14 and as before, it is only available to premium subscribers.