Amazon Prime Video now supports HDR10+, will stream on all 2017 Samsung 4K TVs
A gripe some advanced users have over Samsung’s QLED TVs is that they don’t support Dolby Vision. But as I’ve reported early last year, Samsung’s indifference to Dolby’s HDR format is probably because it’s banking on HDR10+, which brings dynamic metadata to HDR10. This in turn will allow a compatible TV to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis.
With regards to content, Amazon Video is the first streaming service provider to announce support for HDR10+; and according to Samsung, the entire Prime Video HDR library is now available in HDR10+. The Prime Video HDR10+ catalog includes hundreds of hours of content such as Prime Originals The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, The Tick and The Man in the High Castle, plus hundreds of licensed titles. Prime Video is the first streaming service provider to deliver HDR10+ content to its users.
The HDR10+ technology on Prime Video incorporates dynamic metadata that allows high dynamic range (HDR) TVs to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis. By applying individualized tone mapping to each scene, HDR10+ delivers an incredible viewing experience for next generation Samsung displays. The picture quality offers an enhanced visual experience with more detailed expressions, brighter shadow areas and more accurate color renderings that stay true to the creator’s original intent. Through the utilization of the precise “Bezier” based tone-mapping guides, Amazon is able to deliver the optimal viewing experience across a variety of TV models.
In case you’re wondering, there’s a certification and logo program for HDR10+, which is formed last year by Samsung, Panasonic, and 20th Century Fox. The entity will be in charge of licensing the royalty-free platform to content companies, UHD Blu-ray makers, SoC vendors, etc. that want to adopt HDR10+. Further details of this program is expected to be announced at CES 2018.