HDR

Sep 20 2016

News - Netflix releases 4K HDR sample file

I have a reasonably good sized collection of sample/test clips that I use when testing kit. On the odd chance that you also horde these sorts of files, you'll be interested in a 4K HDR sample that Netflix just released.

Aug 28 2016

News - HDR Roku on the horizon

As is typical for this sort of news, Zatz Not Funny! has the skinny on a new crop of Rokus queuing for release. While I've lost most of my love for our Roku 2 since testing started on the NIVIDA Shield, I think it remains the best general purpose media streamer for most people - and the price should be just right. The new models look like nice/worthy upgrades from the current offerings, but I do have to say that it's abominable that Roku is only supporting HDR on the top-end "Ultra" model, even though 4K will flow down to some of the lessor devices. Shameful.

Jun 29 2016

News - Epson Announces two LCD projectors with 4K UHD signal input & HDR

You would be forgiven for thinking that this pair of ~$3k LCD projectors support 4K, and they do, sort of... It's not spelled out explicitly in the PR (aside from the "signal input" bit), but these are really just 1080p, that accept a 4K input and downscale it. HDR compatiblity is a plus, but I didn't see which formats will work on a quick scan through the specs. If you know, please spill in the comments.

Apr 30 2016

News - LG E6 OLED reviewed at HDTVtest

LG's OLED display continue to review very well, with some improvements from previous years. It's actually this reasonably rapid improvement that makes me hesitate the most when it comes to picking up an OLED display.

Mar 11 2016

News - AVSForum compiles list of HDR 4K displays

HDR is arguablly the best thing about 4K, and probably the best thing to happen to consumer displays in a long time. Figuring out what a TV's capabilities are, and therefore which ones should be elminated from consideration, can be daunting. AVSForum to the resue Smile.

Feb 19 2016

News - HDR technical guide

I know I keep banging on about HDR, and I'm sorry (not sorry). If you want a more detailed primer on why it matters, and how it works, this is a great guide from VMI.

Dec 08 2015

News - AMD outlines future GPU tech for AnandTech

There is a ton of great information around AMD's future plans for 10-bit, Rec. 2020, and many other things in the AnandTech write-up, but two items stood out for me: HDR and HDMI 2.0a support in 2016 GPUs. Huzzah!

Dec 02 2015

News - Amazon HDR Video now available on LG's awesome OLEDs

Unless you have a fantastically large display, or sit really close to your moderately sized 4K TV, HDR is arguably the most important feature “get” of new 4K displays – should they support it (i.e. don’t buy one that doesn’t). With the future of 4K content probably more in the hands of OTT providers (sorry Blu-ray Association) announcements like today’s that Amazon and LG are turning on the HDR for the video service. Yum… Now I just need to figure out how to get one of these displays Smile.

Nov 27 2015

News - Why Is UHD BD Important?

Streaming is winning the format war, but that doesn't mean that Blu-ray is down-and-out. In fact, there's a [last gasp] effort to update the format to support 4K (UHD) and HDR - with Tech Rader making a case for why it's important. I get their arguments, as they are essentially the same as the apology for 1080p Blu-ray (looks better, don't need good Internet, etc.), and I'm personally sympathetic. I just don't know that there's really any wider support in the market for another round of expensive players + updated title releases. I could be wrong, and even falling prey to personal experience bias.

What do you all think? Does Ultra HD Blu-ray have a chance? Would you do another round of physical media upgrades?

Nov 17 2015

News - Inside CI Reviews Sony VPL-VW5000ES 4K HDR Projector

This drool inspiring 4K laser projector requires a serious amount of dosh (£50K), but serves up a fabulous experience to those than can afford it, and a glimpse at what the rest of us can expect to slowly trickle down the product pipeline.

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