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CES 2016 – Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic TVs to Appropriate HDR



Major manufacturers such as Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG, Sharp and TLC have stated that their TVs will now include HDR. After this disclosure, there was a scheme set in motion to define the specific requirements that must be met by the latter manufacturers in order for them to achieve the Ultra HD Premium label.

Even if in the past the 4K element was considered a reason enough to upgrade, now HDR will completely change the view of the content. The human eye will be able to see a lot more details.

David Mercer (Strategy Analytics) states that “The combination of having the extra levels of contrast between white and black and the increased range of colors really does take TV to next level,” he continued saying “We’ve always said selling Ultra HD to the public had to be about more than just the number of pixels.” Once you’ve seen the full capabilities of HDR you never want to go back.”

Devising these requirements has not been an easy task, since all of the above manufactures have chosen distinct displays technologies. Samsung’s has chosen LCDs (short for liquid crystal displays) and quantum dots that shape up the overall image while LG decided to go with OLED (short for organic light-emitting diode) screens for its line of TV sets.

The UHD Alliance finally decided on two major brightness levels and as long as the TVs stay in line with the latter levels, or at least one of them, they can get certified.

Sp those who are looking to purchase a brand new TV, can rest assure that the latter device will be in-sync with HDR broadcast. According to David Mercer “The key thing is that you have had the involvement of both the content players as well as the technology guys”. Warner Bros, Netflix, Sky TV, Amazon, Universal Pictures as well as Twentieth Century Fox joined forces to come up with this standard.

In other news, brand new 4K Blu-ray players were also released at CES. If you own a compatible disc, you can also watch movies in HDR.