VIZIO Adds HDR10 Support to Select E-Series SmartCast Ultra HD Displays

Posted Thu Feb 9, 2017 at 09:30 AM PST by
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Select E-Series displays are getting high dynamic range support.

VIZIO has announced a new firmware update for select E-Series SmartCast Ultra HD Displays. The update adds HDR10 playback support for existing HDR Ultra HD Blu-ray players from Samsung (UHD-K8500) and Philips (BDP7501/F7), along with PS4 and Xbox One S game consoles.

"The E-Series collection already stands out as a feature-rich entry-level option, packed with picture quality benefits typically reserved for higher-priced, more premium collections," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "By offering the added benefit of HDR10 compatibility on select VIZIO SmartCast E-Series Ultra HD displays, we're giving even more consumers the ability to enjoy the benefits of High Dynamic Range content in their living rooms."

VIZIO's E-Series Ultra HD displays feature Full-Array LED panels with up to 12 Active LED Zones. Additional features include Clear Action 240 technology, an ultra-fast 120Hz Effective Refresh Rate, VIZIO's Spatial Scaling Engine, and VM50 Ultra HD Engine for 4K upscaling. Likewise, the displays include support for the VIZIO SmartCast app on iOS and Android devices. Instead of jumping between apps, VIZIO SmartCast lets users search and browse content by genre across multiple apps at once directly on their tablets or smartphones. A standard IR remote control is included as well. 

Here's a full rundown of E-Series models eligible for the HDR10 firmware update:

VIZIO SmartCast 55” E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display (E55-E1)    MSRP $629.99

VIZIO SmartCast 55” E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display (E55-E2)    MSRP $629.99

VIZIO SmartCast 60” E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display (E60-E3)    MSRP $749.99

VIZIO SmartCast 65” E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display (E65-E0)    MSRP $899.99

VIZIO SmartCast 65” E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display (E65-E1)    MSRP $899.99

VIZIO SmartCast 70” E-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display (E70-E3)    MSRP $1,299.99

The HDR10 update will automatically be downloaded to supported E-Series displays once they have been connected to the internet. To enable HDR10 playback after the display has been updated, users need to open the VIZIO SmartCast remote control app, tap "Settings," press "Inputs," then "HDMI Color Subsampling," and then enable subsampling for the HDMI port the HDR-enabled Blu-ray player is connected to. VIZIO is also working to expand HDR10 playback support for additional players as they become available in the market.

In addition to the E-Series, VIZIO's SmartCast Ultra HD lineup also includes the M-Series and P-Series with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support.

Source: VIZIO via PR Newswire

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