Warner Bros joins the HDR10+ Alliance

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Have you not even heard about HDR10+?  You aren’t alone. We are still early in the standardization of UHD and HDR. Within the technology called ‘HDR’, we have a little format war between HDR10 and Dolby Vision.  The UHD alliance has said that HDR10 is the minimum base-standard for calling something ‘HDR’.  Dolby has come up with its own version of HDR called ‘Vision’ which surpasses HDR10 but is more complex to implement in TVs, Players, and video encoding.  About 1/2 of the current UHD TVs on the market can show Vision and very few 4K players can decode it.  HDR10+ utilizes some of the same dynamic metadata practices as Dolby Vision but to a slightly lesser degree.

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You might have already been experiencing HDR10+ while watching any of Amazon’s 4K content.  They were one of the first to jump on board last year and all of their UHD programming (originals and licensed) have been HDR10+ encoded.  Look for new HDR10+ players, TVs, and movies to be showed off at CES 2018.

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Your existing TVs, players, and discs will not be affected and will work as they always have.  Some Samsung and Panasonic 4K TVs will get a firmware update to enable HDR10+ capabilities.

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