When the Fire TV Stick 4K Max launched, it introduced a new setting that allows you to fully disable all HDR, as opposed to only being able to choose from HDR being always on and HDR being adaptive. This setting is handy for those with quirky TVs, AVRs, or HDMI switches that don’t behave correctly with HDR signals. Thankfully, the Fire TV Cube 3 also has the same option to disable HDR. Now if only Amazon would add it to older Fire TV models, like the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube.
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Did you know that it’s possible for your TV to indicate that you’re watching HDR10 or Dolby Vision video but your Fire TV is actually streaming plain old standard dynamic range SDR content? This is due to how most streaming services ramp up and down the type of content that you’re receiving based on available bandwidth and connection speed. If you ever find yourself questioning whether what you’re watching is actually in HDR or Dolby Vision, here is how to tell on a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Smart TV. Read more ›
High dynamic range, or HDR, video is great. Well, until it isn’t. Sometimes you just want to turn it off entirely for one reason or another, so, it has been frustrating for many people that Fire TVs have only had the option to force HDR on all the time or let the device decide when to turn it on with an adaptive option. That has finally changed with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max because it’s now the first Fire TV model to include a third “Disable HDR” option. The device is running the newest version of Fire OS that I’ve seen yet, v188.8.131.52, so there is hope that this new HDR option will trickle down to older Fire TV models with a future update.
If you’re not a regular Hulu user, it may be a shock to learn that the streaming service did not offer any content in High Dynamic Range (HDR). That has finally changed because Hulu is now streaming a small subset of its movies and TV shows in HDR on Fire TVs, as well as other streaming devices. The HDR selection is currently limited to only about two dozen shows and movies, of which most are Hulu’s own originals, but at least it’s a start. HDR content is identified in the interface with an HDR badge. If you’re interested, read on for a list of TV shows and movies from Hulu that are known to already be streaming in HDR. Read more ›
Amazon will be the first streaming service to support HDR10+ video when it begins streaming the new high dynamic range standard to Samsung TVs on Wednesday, reports Yonhap News. Around 100 TV shows and movies will be available in the new improved format, including The Grand Tour, The Tick, and The Man in the High Castle. HDR10+ improves on HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis. It’s the closest HDR standard to Dolby Vision, which many consider to produce the best image quality. However, unlike Dolby’s proprietary standard which requires a paid license, HDR10+ is an open standard for anyone to use royalty-free.
Amazon is bringing high dynamic range (HDR) streaming video to the UK through Prime Instant Video. A couple months ago, Amazon became the first video service to offer HDR content when it made the premier season of Mozart in the Jungle and the first episode of Red Oaks available in HDR in the US. Now they’re also making the same content available in HDR in the UK.
HDR video uses image capturing techniques coupled with new television technologies to produce a greater range of luminosity than traditional video. In layman’s terms, HDR video results in a brighter more vivid image without compromising picture detail. HDR video is in its infancy, with only a small number of TVs available, but it has the potential to be the next big sought-after feature after 4K.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced that high dynamic range (HDR) video was coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video. HDR video uses image capturing techniques coupled with new television technologies to produce a greater range of luminosity than traditional video. In layman’s terms, HDR video results in a brighter more vivid image without compromising picture detail. Amazon today made good on their promise and have announced that the premier season of Mozart in the Jungle and the first episode of Red Oaks are now available in HDR through the Amazon Instant Video apps on select smart TVs. Since viewing HDR video requires an HDR capable TV, there are only 2 Samsung TVs that currently support Amazon’s HDR videos. Is HDR a gimmick that will be forgotten like 3D TVs, or will we see it supported on the next generation of Fire TV devices? Let me know what you think in the comments.
Amazon today announced their original content will arrive in high dynamic range (HDR) quality later this year to Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon says they are also working with Hollywood studios and consumer electronics companies to bring additional HDR content to to customers this year.
HDR video uses image capturing techniques coupled with new television technologies to produce a greater range of luminosity than traditional video. In layman’s terms, HDR video results in a brighter more vivid image without compromising picture detail. It is quickly becoming the next “big thing” in television technology after 4K video. Unlike 3D TV, HDR video is looking to become a permanent fixture due to it’s clear picture improvements.