Oct 232015
 

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The market for high dynamic range (HDR) TV sets are forecast to become an everyday form factor in the television industry by 2019 when shipments rise to 32.6 million, according to a new report from IHS.

HDR TVs offer enhanced brightness for a broader palette of light outputs and sparking highlights. Currently, HDR TVs are a niche market because of the high price and lack of content for the high resolution displays with only 2.9 million units forecast to be sold in 2016. However, in the next three years, HDR TVs will rise by more than 11-fold, IHS says.

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Jul 312015
 

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High dynamic range (HDR) is the next big thing in both movies and TVs. We’ve seen 4K in the cinema and ultra HD arrive in our homes, with more and more content for both appearing. Now Technicolor is getting behind the tech, and is offering a way to both back-render standard range (SDR) content as well as stream full HDR video.

HDR is the visually rich step up from UHD fidelity which the move from 1080p to 4K simply hasn’t been.

Essentially, HDR is designed to give far more depth to an image, offering more range to colours and more detail to shadows. Imagine a ray of sunlight in a variety of orange and yellow hues rather than just straight white light.

It makes things pop.

I recently checked out Dolby Vision, that company’s proprietary HDR tech, at a screening of Pixar’s Inside Out and it was stunning. Having seen an SDR version of the movie now, and how flat the iridescent colours look by comparison, I’m sold.

Technicolor, though, is claiming its HDR tech is both open and able to be applied to SDR content for a high dynamic range upscale. It’s also planned to be one of the HDR options available to the upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray specification.

That alone will massively boost the amount of HDR content available.

The upscaling gives content providers real-time access to the colour information in a video, allowing for direct control over both the highlights, lowlights and mid-tones. As well as being able to apply this to existing content there’s speculation that it could work for live events, such as sport, too.

Quite how the upscaling will compare with full HDR content, only time will tell.

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Jul 252015
 

As data, images and particularly video keep increasing the data load they consume, the difficulty in transporting them only grows, and this is where HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 2.0a come into the picture. In particular, they’re part of the future of 4K video content.

The video production industry, consumers with their TVs and PC monitors, gamers with their 4K-capable games and almost everyone in between keep piling on the demand for more pixels, more frames per second, more dynamic range, more colors and more whatever will make digital video look so much cooler. Meanwhile all this extra data has to get transported somehow and not just from A to B but from A to B at the speeds and smoothness we’ve all become accustomed to.

This is where HDMI 2.0 and its cousin 2.0a come into the picture. As our daily content loads become ever more difficult to squeeze through the same piping we’ve been using for some years smoothly, the two new versions of the ubiquitous HDMI have become vitally necessary.

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Jul 232015
 

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Samsung has added a new model to its 2015 4K TV lineup, the bulk of which it began shipping in April. Based on the same Tizen smart-TV platform that powers the rest of the range, the new SUHD JS7000 is among the South Korean company’s more affordable ultra-HD offerings. The television is available in 50-, 55- and 60-inch variants, priced respectively at $1,300, $1,600, and $2,100.

The JS7000 is a quantum-dot set with full-array local dimming. In other words, they provide an incredibly wide color palette with very deep blacks to produce vibrant images. The company says it’s even good enough to handle HDR (high dynamic range) content, which is seen as the next big step after 4K and the key to delivering a more life-like TV experience. One image-enhancement feature that you are likely to find very useful—at least for now—is the TV’s ability to upscale lower-resolution images to its native 3840×2160 resolution.

This being a smart TV, you can use it to browse the Internet, run apps, and play games. It also boasts a host of other interactive features, including smartphone display mirroring and the ability to stream content to and from mobile devices. On the hardware side, the JS7000 packs a quad-core processor, four HDMI ports, three USB 2.0 ports, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ethernet. There’s also an optional camera accessory for those interested in being able to control their TV through hand gestures.

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May 212015
 

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In a dramatic about turn from previous announcements, LG has exclusively revealed to me today that it’s going to add high dynamic range video playback to its current range of OLED TVs.

According to a statement from LG’s Korean headquarters, the ability to handle HDR video with its higher contrast, more richly coloured images will be added to LG’s EG9600/EG960 OLED TVs via a network update. The statement also promises that the firmware update will include the ability to handle HDR both through LG Smart TV partner apps or video streams delivered via other devices through the TV’s IP interface.

LG wouldn’t be drawn on an exact date for when the firmware update might start rolling out to its EG9600/EG960V TVs, only stating that it will ship “once technical specifications for HDR are finalised”.

Prior to this new announcement, we’d been led to believe that we wouldn’t be able to get our hands on an HDR-capable OLED TV from LG until later in the year, following a potential unveiling at the IFA technology show at the end of August.

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Apr 202015
 

Sony has revealed that contrary to early expectations, two series of its imminent 2015 4K TV range will be capable of playing high dynamic range (HDR) content.

The XBR X930C and X940C TV ranges, due to launch in May, will both offer compatibility with HDR’s enhanced luminance range. The feature won’t be available from the TVs’ launch, though – instead it will be added via a firmware update ‘this summer’.

At this year’s CES in January and then again at a launch event in the UK in February Sony originally implied that we’d have to wait for all-new sets in the second half of the year to deliver HDR compatibility. Clearly, though, Sony has come to believe that the X930C and X940C models (the ultra-slim X900 models are apparently not going to get the HDR treatment) have the picture quality muscle to deliver HDR’s spectacular impact.

The key to this lies in Sony’s X-Tended Dynamic Range technology, which manipulates the way power and light are distributed around the screen to boost bright areas and deepen black level response.

Neil King, Head of Home Entertainment for Sony UK and Ireland, has this to say about the HDR news: “Sony has always been the leader in 4K and our exclusive Sony technologies have been at the core of providing TV lovers with the best picture quality, no matter what content they are watching. Our decades of experience allow us to introduce merging industry standard HDR to our 4K Ultra HD TV series and to reinforce contrast thanks to Sony’s unique technology X-tended Dynamic Range PRO”.

While on the surface the addition of HDR to Sony’s imminent range seems like a welcome development, though – especially as it means there will be some competition for Samsung’s JS9500 (reviewed here) and JS9000 (reviewed here) HDR TVs – it has to be said that Sony’s announcement is rather light on detail.

In particular, there’s no word on exactly what HDR formats will be supported. You could argue that this is hardly Sony’s fault, as the AV industry still hasn’t fully defined HDR (though a trio of standards have been announced for the upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray discs). But since Sony also offers no clarity on exactly what brightness levels or colour range the X930C and X940C TVs may be capable of delivering, simply saying the sets will be HDR compatible is pretty much as vague as it gets.

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Forbes

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May 092012
 

NAB 2012: High Dynamic Range TVs emerge into the light – theworkflownews-content | TVBEurope Magazine Online & In Print

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