Samsung Electronics have announced that they will support YouTube’s global HDR playback on their Tizen TVs via an updated YouTube application. Currently, the app is available on all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TVs and UHD TVs, and beginning this month will begin a global rollout.
What is HDR? High Dynamic Range is used differently in TVs opposed to Photos. In the TV it essentially expands the contrast ration and color palette, resulting in a more realistic and vibrant picture. When talking about HDR in Photos the camera combines multiple images that are taken with different exposures to create a single image, which then has a greater dynamic range.
There is no need to try manually updating your app to start using this new feature as the software update is delivered automatically. Tizen TV users will now benefit from High Dynamic Range (HDR) video streaming across a variety of HDR content. All you have to do is visit the HDR category contained within the app on YouTube’s 4K channel.
“With the global availability of YouTube’s HDR, we at Samsung are thrilled to support the best HDR viewing experience and a wide range of HDR content for users to enjoy,” said Seline Han, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are confident that our TVs will bring to life an immersive HDR viewing experience — all from the comfort of our users’ homes.”
To kick start this content there will be HDR videos created by popular YouTube content creators, such as MysteryGuitarMan and Jacob + Katie Schwarz.