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Samsung HDR+ update coming to all compatible TVs

Putting the Plus in HDR?

by Mark Hodgkinson Aug 1, 2016


  • Samsung has confirmed it is to add an HDR+ firmware update to all of its 2016 UHD TVs with Quantum Dot displays.
    The firmware update is designed to add High Dynamic Range (HDR) enhancements to its picture quality capabilities, even if the source isn’t in the HDR format, so it’s a faux HDR mode as well an attempt to enhance native HDR material. HDR, as we know, is an essential element of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TV line-up and represents the new era of UHD TV viewing

    Jong-hee Han, Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics said: “The HDR+ function offers an exceptional HDR viewing experience to all 2016 SUHD and UHD TV consumers. We’re thrilled to share this latest advancement with our consumers, which they can access directly on their 2016 SUHD TVs, as Samsung continues to bring the highest form of picture quality right to their living rooms.”

    One of the main benefits of HDR+ is its ability to upgrade Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content to HDR-like picture quality, although our experiences with it are mixed.

    It also works with native HDR native too which, Samsung claims, uncovers previously hidden images from darker content scenes, supplementing the level of brightness to express objects hidden in darker shadows. For brighter content scenes, HDR+ increases the level of contrast ratio to differentiate objects from the background, while still depicting more image details on the screen for an overall better picture – or so they tell us

    Features designed specifically for picture quality enthusiasts, like AVForums readers, have also been enhanced with HDR+. In “Expert Mode,” users can customise HDR effects to suit individual users by calibrating brightness, contrast ratio and gradation to the finest degree. These settings can be accessed within the “Picture - Special viewing” mode options, where HDR+ is activated.

    The automatic upgrade is currently available for all 2016 SUHD TVs, and will be available for all HDR-compatible 2016 UHD TV models by September.

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