Sony bringing HDR to more 2015 4K TVs

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Sep 172015


Today Sony announced that they’ll be bringing High Dynamic Range support to “more” of their 4K Ultra HD television sets. Two models already have support for this feature, while three more are set to earn an update in the near future. This update brings Sony’s HDR to content that supports it – Amazon Video is one example. With this feature, users see a higher dynamic range of color, luminosity, brightness – for a more distinctive viewing experience. More detail, more color, more intensity.

In addition to the X930C and X940C models announced to be attaining HDR earlier this year, three more models will have the software necessary to execute HDR in the near future via a network update. The X850C, X900C, and X910C will have HDR abilities this Fall.

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Ultra HD Blu-ray: All you need to know about 4K Blu-ray players, discs and the rest

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Aug 272015


Should you be excited about Ultra HD Blu-ray? We answer the biggest questions about the new players, the movies you’ll be able to watch and the essential kit you’ll need to enjoy higher resolution movies

Well, this is awkward. Just at a time when the tech world’s chattering classes are rushing to declare physical media dead and buried, the movie studios and consumer electronics manufacturers are getting together in a startling show of unity to tell us that actually what we all really want are more discs on our shelves.

The discs in question are called Ultra HD Blu-rays, and the core thinking behind them is that they will finally give consumers a way of unlocking all the picture quality potential of the new 4K UHD TVs currently sweeping the TV marketplace.

Here we take a look at these and other questions to try and figure out just how high up on your ‘next big purchase’ list Ultra HD Blu-ray should be.

How will Ultra HD Blu-ray improve your viewing experience?

By using much higher capacity discs Ultra HD Blu-ray will be able to deliver your TV pictures containing an Ultra HD (also known as 4K) resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, versus the 1920×1080 pixels delivered by most current Blu-ray discs.

This amounts to four times as much resolution and pixel density, giving an experience – when delivered well – that’s often described as feeling more like looking through a window than watching TV.

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Samsung UE65JS9500: The finest 4K Ultra HD TV around?

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Aug 182015


If Samsung is to be believed, the 65-inch UE65JS9500 represents a whole new category of TV technology; it’s not just a UHD TV, it’s an ‘SUHD’ TV.

While a few retailers seem to have bought into this suggestion, though, the truth is that it’s not really a completely new sort of LCD TV. It is, though, uniquely cutting edge in a number of areas.

These start with its design.

For as well as being boldly curved, the screen is suspended in a beautifully metallic, ultra-thin frame that further stands out from the crowd by being heavily chamfered. The whole thing is beautifully built too, and even the external connections box that comes with the TV benefits from a brushed aluminium finish.

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What are HDR TVs and why is every manufacturer selling them now?

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May 072015



If you’ve shopped TVs recently, you’ve no doubt been seduced by the term 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition). When UHD was first introduced a few years ago, it represented a jump in resolution – basically four times the resolution of 1080p HD. That seemed like a pretty big deal, but we now know that, in 2015, UHD is taking on an entirely new meaning. Going forward, the very best UHD TVs will not only offer higher resolution, but also offer more colors than ever before and something called High Dynamic Range, or HDR.

The idea behind HDR is that it can provide a higher level of contrast between light and dark images on the screen to create a much more realistic image. That may not sound like a lot on paper, but in reality, it’s a pretty significant move. In fact, many in the industry believe HDR represents a significantly bigger leap in picture quality than UHD’s higher resolution.

Imagine a TV picture that is more like what you see in real life. One with spectral highlights closer to what you see when the sun gleams off the surface of a lake, or when the stars and moon are especially bright in the sky. Imagine getting to see the exact same shade of green you see on Los Angeles’ highway signs on a TV for the very first time (did you know TVs haven’t been able to faithfully produce that color?) or a shade of red envisioned by a movie director that is so bright and exotic, you’re convinced you’ve never seen it before. HDR makes that possible.

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