What is HDR TV?

What is HDR TV?

Have you noticed that TV content
looks a bit different compared to
the way that you’ve seen it in the past?
Continue reading on to learn more
about HDR.
An HDR TV is shown every detail on the TV screen with HDR images by displaying an ocean shore scene with the sun rising in the horizon as seen from within a cave opening.

What does HDR mean?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and refers to a technique that expresses details in content in both very bright and very dark scenes. It offers a more natural and realistic picture output even with a widened range of contrast. For example, in a very dark cave scene, HDR TVs show the appearance and colour of the cave walls as well as its texture. And in a scene with a yacht on the ocean, individual sunbeams are clearly seen shining regardless of the bright sunlit background. You're probably reading this article from your computer screen or mobile phone right now and if your device doesn't support HDR, you're missing out on the full experience and understanding of what HDR can really do. So do yourself a favour and visit your nearest electronics store and experience HDR TV quality for yourself because seeing is believing.

A TV marked with "HDR" is displaying the beach sunset image with High Dynamic Range.
A video of the ocean shore at sunset starts in Standard Dynamic Range, SDR, which is limited to see the detail and color in scenes. Then the video runs how High Dynamic Range, HDR, shows the same scene brightly and vividly coloured.

Types of HDR

There are various kinds of HDR standards, but 'HDR10' is the most commonly used. Recently, a new technology called HDR10+ has been introduced, and the difference between that and HDR10 is whether dynamic metadata* or static metadata is used. Dynamic HDR technology means applying metadata to each scene, and then delivering a more optimised picture quality compared to that of static HDR technology.

* Metadata refers to the additional image information found within content. This includes the colour and brightness information used in the HDR image mastering process.
Photos show differences between HDR10+ and HDR10. The photos of HDR10+ shows 'Better colour saturation' and 'Balanced brightness', but the other pictures with HDR10 displays 'Slightly under-saturated' and 'Unbalanced brightness'.

Enjoy HDR Content

Plunge further into the depth and detail of every moment with vibrant colour and industry-leading brightness (HDR) that does not fade over time.

See incredible depth and detail in everything you watch. Discover what’s lurking in the shadows of a horror movie or witness the true beauty of a sun-filled scene in pin-sharp clarity. With the highest brightness levels of any TV to date and with every frame optimised to perfection, the picture you see is as detailed as it is in the real world.

Various HDR contents through different types such as movie, streaming service, blu-ray disc, broadcasting, and picture are available on Samsung HDR TVs.

Remember 4 things when you choose HDR TV

In order to get one of the best HDR experiences, the following should be considered:
How well bright content can be expressed, how well dark black content can be expressed and how accurately different colours can be expressed.
These are the key factors that determine the quality of a TV set with HDR.

* Local dimming is a technology that locally controls the backlight behind parts of the screen in order to make real black.
A checklist for buying the best HDR TV shows 4 things, HDR10+ (Dynamic metadata), Brightness with HDR 1000 nits or above, Local dimming, and Colour Volume 100%.

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