On switch on you are presented with a series of screens to setup the basic configuration of the device: (click on any image to enlarge, I have tried to keep the images in their logical order with selections shown where possible):
After selecting your region and internet settings you can access the devices own web based menu and select from a series of apps and options from which the below is a selection:
Selecting the YouTube App gives the option to search for videos (I searched for “4K” and selected “Star Wars”)
Sadly the videos do not play back in 4K though they do look OK – this perhaps isn’t surprising when you think about it as the TV would require copious amounts of it’s own memory in order to buffer the video.
Perhaps in the future the App could be given the option of buffering to an inserted (and empty) USB stick and also an option to allow playback at any of the available YouTube default resolutions?
The option to pair a mobile device (screen 3 above) is nice to see included though perhaps somewhat redundant in the light of the in-built support for streaming/casting from devices.
Also interesting target advertising – when I selected Star Wars I was first given an advertising trailer of the new Hobbit film! (screen 7 above)
Incidentally I also tried the web browser and applied the same search but I could not get it to default to anything other than the mobile version of “YouTube” which defaults to a maximum 720p for playback). I suspect if this were not the case the same buffering issue might rear it’s head?
Settings / Options
There are four main settings screens, some with sub menus which I will work through as they become relevant: