Posted Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 08:30 AM PST by Steven Cohen
High dynamic range YouTube content is now available on select Samsung 4K TVs.
Samsung has announced the addition of YouTube HDR playback to its 2016 lineup of Ultra HD TVs. High dynamic range support will be added to compatible displays through an automatic software update for the YouTube app.
"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."
The update is now rolling out to all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TV and UHD TVs around the world. Once upgraded, users will be able to browse YouTube HDR content by visiting the app's HDR category in the YouTube 4K channel. High Dynamic Range content offers enhanced contrast with more detailed highlights and shadows. Likewise, HDR YouTube videos also include support for a wider color gamut. Current HDR videos come from various YouTube creators like MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals. Users can check out the HDR YouTube playlist here. In addition, YouTube will continue to work with partners to add more high dynamic range videos throughout 2017.
"We are thrilled to announce the launch of HDR support on Samsung’s Quantum dot TVs," said Heather Thompson Rivera, Director of Product Partnerships at YouTube. "By combining Samsung’s commitment to picture quality and our desire to offer the best content available, we will work together to build a strong ecosystem that improves HDR content creation and allows users to enjoy more diverse content in the best quality possible."
Samsung's 2016 SUHD TV lineup includes the KS8000, KS8500, KS9000, KS9500, and KS9800 -- with sizes ranging from 49 inches to 88 inches. The flagship KS9800 series features a cadmium free 10 bit Quantum Dot Display with 1,000-nit HDR and support for up to one billion colors in detail.
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