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What is HDR: The SHIELD Team Has You Covered

By NVIDIA - Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Many folks have been asking us, “What is HDR?” Well, since the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is one of the few Streaming Media Players to support this emerging standard, we’ve decided to break it down for you.

What is HDR: The SHIELD Team Has You Covered

Q: WHAT IS HDR?

Simply put, HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a new standard for Ultra HD TVs that brings image quality much closer to the natural world. With HDR, your TV effectively comes to life with richer colors, more details, and brighter imagery. Filmmakers are able to maintain much more of the original image quality and deliver the look that they intended. In a single scene, for instance, you can enjoy the full radiance of the sun without missing details in the dark shadows.

Q: WHAT HDR STANDARD DOES SHIELD SUPPORT?

SHIELD supports the HDR10 open standard, which allows TVs to support twice the number of visible colors—more than a billion! Colors appear more vibrant and true to life and the picture has fewer noticeable gradients between shades of colors. HDR10 also supports much higher brightness levels (1000 nits) and more contrast (greater than 10,000:1).

Q: WHAT HDR CONTENT IS AVAILABLE TODAY?

Netflix is one of the first service providers to support HDR streaming, and SHIELD is the first Streaming Media Player to support Netflix in HDR. Pair with an HDR TV and Netflix Ultra HD subscription to enjoy brighter highlights, more detail in dark scenes, and a wider color range. “Marco Polo” is available in HDR today and 100 hours of Netflix HDR content are coming by August, 2016. SHIELD also supports local playback of HDR content from the top media players. HDR gaming is even coming in summer, 2016 with support for NVIDIA GameStream.

Q: WHICH TVs SUPPORT HDR10?

Many of the latest TVs from Samsung, Sony, and LG support HDR10, advertised as “HDR.”

Q: HOW DO I ENABLE HDR ON MY TV?

Most HDR TVs do not have HDR output enabled by default for HDMI. To enable HDR output from SHIELD, refer to your TV owner’s manual. Here are the settings for some of the common TVs:

  • Samsung HDR TVs: Menu->Picture->Picture Options->HDMI UHD Color->On->Restart
  • LG HDR TVs: Home->HDMI->Settings->Advanced->Picture->HDMI ULTRA DEEP COLOR->On->Restart
  • Sony HDR TVs: Home -> Settings -> External inputs -> HDMI signal format -> HDMI [select the SHIELD input] -> Enhanced mode (TV will reboot)

Q: DOES MY RECEIVER NEED TO SUPPORT HDR10?

If your receiver is in line between SHIELD and your TV, then your receiver must also support HDMI 2.0a and HDR. Your receiver should report this capability in the product manual.

Q: WHAT BANDWIDTH DO I NEED FOR HDR STEAMING?

Netflix recommends 25 megabits per second for the best performance.

So there you have it. If you’re a serious cord cutter who likes to be on the cutting edge than SHIELD Android TV coupled with HDR technology is for you. If you don’t already own an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, run out and grab one today.

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