Everything You Need to Know About HDR

As tech people say nowadays, high dynamic range, aka HDR, is about to bring a large-scale revolution in the TV world.

HDR is not something new outside the world of TV technologies. You might probably know that all advanced cameras as well as latest smartphone apps use high dynamic range to make photos of high quality.

As for HDR videos, they are shot via a broad range, which allows it to capture darker shades and brighter whites in the process of recording. Basically, it separates lights and darks further than traditional technologies. As a result, you get a wider array of all kinds of colors.

Why should you care about HDR?

Do you want to watch your favorite TV show with a brighter viewing experience: colors are more vibrant, darker shades are deeper, while objects are seen more clearly. Sounds good enough, right?

And while you’re still hanging in there, listen to this: HDR increases the all around realism and brings out the colors and contrast.


The result of HDR.
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As the HDR technology develops, the number of nits (the unit for luminance) is increased. As of today, most of TVs offer a typical brightness of 400 nits, while others manage to bring it up to about 750 nits. In 2015, we’re talking about an increase of up to 1,000 nits. And there are indications that TV brightness increased by 4,000 nits in 2016. That’s quite a number, isn’t it?

Once HDR reaches every home and become a TV viewing standard, more movies and TV shows will likely start shooting HDR scenes, which will bring you the maximum pleasure in terms of viewing experience.

Is there anything available to watch in HDR today?

Yes, indeed there is! Netflix has been the biggest advocate for HDR lately. Netflix’s new TV show Marco Polo is presented with HDR. The on-demand Internet streaming media company also promised that about a dozen of over 60 of its original series will be presented with HDR soon.

However, it’s not just Netflix who’s pushing HDR. You’ve heard that Amazon makes TV shows, right? Well, the company announced that it will bring HDR content to its service later this year. And then it is expected that other companies will follow the trend.

As for satellite TV shows, they are trying to catch up as well. However, let’s state the obvious: in order to get HDR content onto your TV, you need to have a decent satellite TV service. You could browse around the Internet or just check this site for deals.

When will we enjoy all the awesomeness of HDR?

We’re already seeing some progress with HDR in the smartphone/tablet world. Sony and Samsung have already announced featuring HDR into their Ultra-HD TVs, with more TV companies likely to follow suit.

It must also be noted that with so many companies focusing on HDR, the current viewing standard is unlikely to survive for much longer. That means that in 2016, we will likely see a huge TV revolution that will begin with either HDR or 4K.

HDR might even steal the spotlight from 4K, the so-hyped recent development in the TV industry. Therefore, it can be said that we’re living in the time of exciting news for the TV technologies world.

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