HDR10+ content will be available through Prime Video on select Samsung displays starting December 13.
Samsung and Amazon have announced a launch date for HDR10+ streaming support through Prime Video. The first crop of HDR10+ content will be available through Prime Video on 2017 Samsung QLED and UHD TVs starting Wednesday, December 13. Serving as an updated version of the HDR10 open standard for high dynamic range content, HDR10+ uses dynamic metadata to create improved contrast and colors.
The initial library of HDR10+ titles will include Amazon original shows like The Grand Tour, The Tick, Bosch, and The Man in the High Castle, along with around 100 other movies and TV shows found on the platform. In addition, the service plans to gradually add more HDR10+ content in the future.
Currently, the standard HDR10 format uses static metadata that does not change during playback, offering a fixed picture enhancement across an entire piece of content. This can lead to inconsistent HDR quality in certain scenes, especially if a movie has an overall bright color palette mixed in with a few dimly lit sequences. But with HDR10+, the format is now introducing dynamic metadata which will allow a compatible display to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis, producing images that are closer to the director's intent. Likewise, this upgrade makes the new HDR10+ standard more in line with the competing Dolby Vision HDR process, which already incorporates dynamic metadata along with higher specs for max color and brightness performance compared to HDR10.
In addition to Samsung and Amazon, Panasonic and 20th Century Fox have also pledged their support for the HDR10+ format. More details on other HDR10+ products and content solutions will likely be announced at CES 2018 which will be held in Las Vegas from January 9-12.