I decided to commit to CuriosityStream a streaming service for documentaries. I forked out for 1 year on their 4k plan.
I'm getting a lot of eye strain when watching their content on the following safe devices:
Samsung Galaxy S7 - curiosity stream app
Gen 1 chromecast.
Both devices I can safely browse the internet or watch YouTube and Netflix for as long as I want, no issue. When I start watching CuriosityStream within 10 minutes I feel uncomfortable, trouble to focus, and everything seems super sharp. I feel strained in the eyes for a few hours after watching a show.
This has me wondering if CuriosityStream have done some sort of upscaling to all their content and rendered it into every video. I know there's new AI powered upscaling tech from Nvidia (DLSS - Deep Learning Super Sampling).
I assume some of their content would only be in 1080p given that they are documentaries. So it makes sense they would use some sort of tech to upscale it to 4k.
Would it just fill in this missing pixel information with flickering pixels that are similar colours?
Then maybe gets rendered in to all the other lower video resolutions?
I'm making a lot of assumptions here. If anyone can clarify what could be going on that'd be great 🙂