Even with an Apple TV 4K and a great TV, it may not look too good. Instead of counting pixels to make sure you get the best quality stream, you'll find streaming statistics behind the Developer menu.
It is not immediately apparent how you access the Developer menu, but we have prepared it for you. You need an Apple TV and a Mac, and they need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
How to Unlock the Developer Menu
Navigate to Settings on your Apple TV.
Select "Remote Controls and Devices" and leave Apple TV on this screen.
You must have Xcode installed on your Mac to enable the Developer menu. Download Xcode from the Mac App Store and open it.
Click "Window," followed by "Devices and Simulators."
Click "Pair with Apple TV" if your Apple TV appears in the list.
Enter the displayed verification code on your TV and click the "Connect" button. The pairing process is completed.
View the detailed streaming statistics on the Apple TV
On your Apple TV, navigate to "Settings" and select the "Developer" option.
Turn on Playback Hovering Palette. Disable this option if you have the required information.
When you play a movie or TV show, information about the stream appears on the video overlaid. Most of this information is meaningless to our purposes, but the following lines should be noted:
- Display resolution – This is the resolution with which your TV is connected to your Apple TV.
- Video Display Size – This is the maximum resolution at which the currently playing video is available from the source.
- Natural Size – This is the dissolution with which the video is currently displayed.
In a perfect world, the Natural size corresponds to the video display size. If this is not the case, your network bandwidth may not be high enough to maintain the rates required for high quality video. Make sure your internet speed is adequate and make sure your router is set up properly.