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What is HDR?

Find out everything you need to know about HDR, what it does and how you can welcome lifelike picture quality to your home.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which to me and you means an amazing range of colours combining to create a more lifelike picture. With an HDR screen, you’ll experience vibrant and vivid detail that gives you the ultimate home viewing experience.

Bring the cinema home

Before your favourite TV show or film leaves the studio, colours have to be diluted to suit the specs of most television sets. Not with HDR; these clever TVs have the capabilities to display content in the way it was intended to be shown, with a dynamic, deeper and clearer picture quality. By ramping up the contrast, whites appear brighter and blacks appear darker, so every single frame is as realistic and vivid as possible, leaving you fully immersed in the action.

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It's a numbers game

You may have noticed that there are a few variants of HDR if you've already started shopping for a new TV. Things are never straight forward with the latest tech, are they? Let us make sense of the numbers and the acronyms for you so you know what you're getting:

  • Dolby Vision - preserves all that HDR goodness from the moment it's captured to the point it's displayed on your TV.
  • HLG - recreates HDR quality for live TV channels
  • HDR10 - the minimum specs required for HDR content
  • HDR10+ - more accurate and dynamic brightness than HDR10 for excellent detail and lifelike colour
  • HDR1000 – Samsung have developed this technology to achieve high levels of brightness so whites are whiter, blacks are blacker and the picture is incredibly detailed

4K's best friend

HDR isn’t here to replace 4K, think of it as a friendly colleague. The two work together to bring you a better picture. 4K Ultra HD focusses on a super-detailed resolution, while HDR gets to work on bringing you the best of the colour spectrum. For a TV to be awarded the badge of honour that is HDR, it has to be able to display more colour than a regular TV. Because more shades and tones are processed, the picture on a HDR screen appears smoother.

What can I watch on my HDR TV?

You’ve decided to take the plunge on an epic HDR TV. Now, what can you watch to make the most of these amazingly detailed and vibrant pictures? Well, as with any new technology, new content is being developed constantly. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have a growing range of HDR video available. And, some of the latest 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray players include HDR support. There are more and more compatible discs finding their way onto the market with most box office hits now available.

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