Apple launched Apple TV+ on Friday, November 1, and since then people have been taking the new service for a spin. While we’ve seen wildly varied reviews of the shows themselves, there’s one thing that everyone seems to be able to agree on – they all look great.
If you thought that Apple would make sure that its new shows would look the business, you were absolutely right. According to FlatpanelsHD founder, Rasmus Larsen, it’s the best streaming quality around.
Based on averages of the bitrates used by Apple TV+’s new shows, the service is leaving the competition for dust.
As an example, See has the highest bitrate of them all. It apparently peaked at 41Mbps, while it averaged at 29Mbps. Another example, is The Elephant Queen, the only feature length content currently available on the service. It averaged around 26Mbps, according to Larsen.
This means that Apple TV+ is streaming at anything up to twice the bitrate of a typical Blu-ray disc, and half that of a UHD Blu-ray disc. If you compare it with Netflix, things look even better. The service maxes out at around 16Mbps, making Apple TV+ a considerably higher bitrate service than its main competition.
With services like Disney+ still to come we’ll have to see how things pan out there. But considering Apple TV+ is streaming even higher bitrates than iTunes content – which was already among the best – we can’t see Disney beating it.
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