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New tvOS update will fix Apple TV 4K “Match Content” screen crashing issue

A future tvOS update will add support for Quick Media Switching, commonly referred to as QMS VRR, according to reviews from The edge and Tech Crunch. QMS VRR is a feature of HDMI 2.1 not supported by previous Apple TV models. This feature is also not yet supported by TVs themselves with HDMI 2.1, but it is coming soon.

Chance Miller for 9to5Mac:

One interesting tidbit revealed in these reviews is that the Apple TV 4K has another trick up its sleeve with a future software update: better support for variable refresh rates.

tvOS currently has two different “Match Content” settings: one for dynamic range and one for frame rate. If you enable these features, you’ll see a black screen whenever tvOS switches to match the frame rate of a movie or TV show.

With QMS VRR support, however, you will no longer see that black screen when the “Match frame rate” option is enabled. Instead, Apple TV will seamlessly change the frame rate when you start a movie or TV show at a specific frame rate.

MacDaily news note: The edge reports: “How many TVs work with QMS VRR, you ask? Well, zero so far. But you’ll start to see them hitting the market next year; stay tuned for more on this feature at CES.

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