TV Hardware

So far a bit unorganized section. ### WORK IN PROGRESS


Display, Convert

Convert, in this case is kind of ‘from air/stream’ ‘to HDMI, video signal to display’


Media playing capabilities

Netflix Apple
Own apps
Android TV Sony TV, 1700 no ### Yes
Apple TV 2G, 4G, 5G, 1912, 1700 ### Yes. Gen 4 and later has tvOS, Apple TV, tvOS – (/mlabs/video/players/tvhw/appletv/)
Apple iPhone/iPad/iOS via Apple TV ### Yes
Dish sat. Hopper 3, 1912 Ch.301 Ch.302 no No### No(?)
Samsung Smart TVs 1912 LR, BR1 ## ## no ### Unsure of state, what capabilities may exist.


Remotes, Control/Navigate

Placeholder for now.

Sources of Media

Broadcast & Streaming – Overview of Different Types of Sources

Media sources, cable/satellite, over-the-air (OTA), streaming sources

Source Req. HW Req. Service ($)
Cable/Satellite Set-top box Yes (e.g. Dish, DirecTV in US)
Over-the-air Antenna No
Internet streaming services Depend… Some Yes, some No
– Amazon Prime $$/yr
Local streaming service(s)
– AirPlay ###
– DLNA ###


Share to YouTube, Facebook, or Vimeo from Apple video apps –

One way of categorizing devices to play media on, as listed (categories) by (found 2021-01-02)

  • TV
    • Amazon Fire TV
    • Android TV devices
    • AppleTV
    • Chromecast
    • LG TV
    • Roku
    • Samsung
  • Computer
    • Chrome OS
    • MacOS
    • Windows PC
  • Mobile & Table
    • Amazon Fire Tablets
    • Android Phones & Tables
    • iPhone and iPad
  • Game Consoles
    • PS4
    • PS5
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S


Physical – Discs w/ Video Material

As example of evolution of disks:

  1. DVD w/ 4:3 aspect ratio, older TVs
  2. DVD w/ 16:9 aspect ratio (720p, 1080p), wide-screen TVs
  3. Digital copy – feature to stream from some source
    • Mentioned here as started as an additional feature provided on certain packages of DVDs/Blu-rays.
    • Enabled playing a purchased movie also on computer and streaming boxes/software.
  4. Blu-ray
  5. Blu-ray 3D
  6. Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, UHD-BD


Year Movie Disks DVD BD DC 3D
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (US title) 2 ‘Standard Edition’ (4:3 ratio)
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2 “Full-Screen Edition” (4:3 ratio)
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2 “2-Disc Wide-Screen Edition” (16:9)
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fi 2 “2-Disc Special Edition” (16:9)
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2 “2-Disc Special Edition” (16:9), w/ Dig.Copy.
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 1 “Wide-Screen Edition” (16:9) ([a])
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 3 “Combopack” incl Blu-Ray + DVD, Dig.Copy ([a])
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 3 “Combopack” incl Blu-Ray + DVD, Dig.Copy ([a])
2009 Avatar (2009) ## ### ### [b]
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ## ### ### [c]
2013 Wreck-It Ralph ## ### ### [d]
2015 Jurassic World ## ### ### [b]

BD=Blu-ray disk, DC=Digital Copy

[a] (Not in lab.) Originally shot in 2D, remastered in / converted to 3D
[b] Got in lab. (Originally shot in 2D, remastered in / converted to 3D)
[c] Got in lab. Shot with the Fusion Camera System.
[d] Got in lab. Computer-animated.


Summary of Available Optical Discs

Type Est count Notes
DVDs – SE, region 2 100+ films Roughly 34+28+11 packages, multiple with more than one disc (e.g. each Beck pgk has 4 discs and Sällskapsresan series is 5 discs)
DVDs – US, region 1 < 100 films Roughly 7+39+12 packages, but as above, many packages has more than one disc (e.g. Lord of the Rings, Pirates of …, Die Hard …)
BLU-RAY ~ 10 films Got Star Wars collection on Blu-ray
BLU-RAY 3D 4 films 1) Avatar,
2) Jurassic World 3D (4th film in Jurassic Park – series),
3) Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides (4th film in Pirates of the Caribbean – series), and
4) Wreck-it Ralph (Disney cartoon)


3D Video, including TV





select a channel

enter channel number, e.g. 3 numbers (e.g. 200, CNN, on Dish sat. box), and wait a sec or press enter – easiest possible.

And this include also both Amazon Prime (channel 301) and Netflix (channel 302). Very conveniently integrated! Good work, Dish!!


Blu-Ray discs

3D variants

4K media