Apple TV 4K doesn’t seem to play well with the most popular service on the planet, Google. We do know that they don’t like Android obviously because it directly competes with iOS.
But, when it comes to Youtube any manufacturer should be open enough to provide a complete experience for their customers. Apple won’t do so because their newly released media box which is promoted as the best way to watch UHD content doesn’t run videos on the video streaming website because of a missing Google codec, VP9.
The problem is not so new because both Mac and iOS versions of Safari doesn’t work with Youtube 4K videos because of the lack of codec. The company uses H.264 and HEVC formats but there is no word on when they will add this to make Apple TV 4K a real home media player.
Rival players like Chromecast Ultra and Roku Ultra or even the Amazon Fire TV will breeze through these videos on a huge television, making them the first choice for any buyer. The device doesn’t support Dolby Atmos sound as well due to missing files which are expected to be rolled out as a software update later.
Apple TV 4K costs $179 for the entry level 32-GB model and for that price, any customer would want it to run everything they throw at it without such software tantrums.