What is HDR on TV
We should start with the term HDR itself. what is it about TV, and what benefits does it bring to the user? This criterion directly affects the quality of the picture that we can see in front of us from the screen. It is translated by the phrase “high dynamic range” and means increased contrast. That is, not only will the brightness be higher, but the darkness will also be blacker where it should be.
Better color reproduction is attractive to the user in that it is always more realistic. However, do not confuse this term with the same sounding in smartphones or cameras. There, the same name means combining several images in order to achieve the most successful variant in terms of the ratio of light and shadow. However, in the case of video, the situation will be different.
HDR technology in TVs has brought with it new standards in terms of color gamut. The abundance of shades that appeared could not be conveyed on previously produced devices. The most intense colors from the display are now even closer to reality than before.
How to find out if your TV supports HDR technology
If we figured out about the features of the technology, then it is logical to find out if HDR support is provided on the TV. To obtain this information, you can use one of the following methods:
- look at the instructions for the equipment;
- view information about the functionality on the official website of the manufacturer;
- talk to the consultants of the outlet where the TV of this model was purchased;
- study in a different way the technical characteristics of the equipment.
Usually, to denote this technology on Samsung equipment, they use the abbreviation HDR or write High Dynamic Range. To start watching the picture in a different quality, you just need to download the content and turn on its viewing. The show starts automatically and does not require any additional actions.
And what should the user do if his Sony has to support this format, but the image is clearly of the wrong quality? To do this, you need to go to the settings. There, in the parameters of the picture, you can find out if this option is enabled. It may be in a specific TV model, but it is simply not activated. If necessary, you can reboot your TV receiver.
Now the presence of this mode is written by the manufacturers of all new television sets, regardless of whether they display 8 or 10 bits. However, it is not enough just to display HDR content at 8-bit, unnaturally increasing the contrast of individual colors. Most budget blue screens use 8-bit technology that artificially expands the possibilities of colors using special algorithms.
Therefore, at this time, it is customary to distinguish 2 main standards that differ in the initial effect. One of them is called HDR10, while the other is called Dolby Vision. The first is distributed openly and supports 10 bits, but differs in less color reproduction. Another standard is more difficult to implement, although it even expands to 12 bits and retains color tints better.
The first, accordingly, is much more widespread and there is plenty of content for it. Today it is basic even for streaming services. The most famous game consoles Xbox and Playstation also support it. Dolby Vision is not yet able to count on such broad support, although NetFlix already has content for both formats. But many equipment manufacturers and film studios are not planning to switch to working with it yet. Although premium TVs come with this particular kind of HDR.
HDR on TV. what it is and how to set it up
In recent years, TVs equipped with High Dynamic Range technology (or simply abbreviated as HDR) have ceased to be a gimmick and are conquering an ever larger segment of the market. However, many of our compatriots are not too aware of their benefits. So is it worth choosing a technique with this technology and what does it give?
How it works
In order to touch the new technology, you first need to turn on HDR on the TV, and you can do this in the settings. However, it is necessary for the TV to be equipped with this function, as well as to have content of the appropriate quality that could be played. In order for the function to work and be able to prove itself, manufacturers seek the most effective backlighting. Its brightness can be adjusted in certain areas of the screen.
How does it look on the screen in order to be ready to feel the difference in advance? In scenes where there is bright sunlight, it begins to seem to shine even brighter than ever before in images. Even within one frame, several light sources of different intensity can be broadcast. When broadcasting dark scenes, the problem of halftone pixelation disappears. complex and multi-component paints become voluminous. In a word, the user can see the picture with his own eye, and not the way the equipment camera allows it to see.
What you can watch in HDR
Since 2015, most of the world’s popular film studios have been releasing their content in HDR format in addition to the usual one. Users can only be glad that there are more realistic and high-contrast films every year. For those who enjoy this, it is worth paying attention to new items from services such as Ivi, Megogo. The same Netflix makes content in this quality and releases many new products every year.
You can see the hrd picture on Sony game consoles. Using a small special equipment, the gamer can see some of his favorite shooters in a radically new quality. In any case, this applies to new products from leading manufacturers of games for consoles. You can evaluate the image of the future in blu ray players. The details are worked out much better, and the picture itself seems much more realistic than we had to see it before.
However, on a TV usually contemplating this format will not work, as well as enjoying the main advantages of the new picture. In order to reproduce HDR, it must support at least 4K resolution, and there are also certain requirements for color depth, brightness margin, and some other criteria. Accordingly, to match the content in a new quality, there should also be equipment that allows it to be broadcast and viewed.
How to connect HDR equipment
Sometimes users have difficulty turning on the technology on their TV model. Most often they are caused by the fact that this TV is simply not equipped with this option and cannot support it. It is automated, and you should go to the settings only in those cases when it could be disabled in them.
By default, to activate this mode, you just need to launch the content that is recorded in HDR format, and it will start broadcasting in this picture quality. In the event that a specific TV model does not support this format, an error message will appear on the display. In other words, this TV cannot play files and clips recorded with this quality.
As you can see, the HDR option on a Sony TV or another brand gives the user undeniable advantages. It is enough to see a picture in a completely different, stunning contract and realistic colors once to want to have this technology at home. From now on, there is no need to manually adjust tones or brightness. The picture will become truly “alive”, as the user will be convinced from the first seconds of viewing. Likewise, you can have a completely new enjoyment of gaming on game consoles.
How to choose an adapter?
First, you need to figure out what a Bluetooth adapter is. This device is capable of receiving and translating the signal into read format for any gadget with Bluetooth. The signal is sent via radio frequencies, thereby pairing and transferring data. It is advisable to choose a device with two or three connectors for connecting several devices at once. The Dual Link function is responsible for connecting several gadgets at once.
The choice of a Bluetooth adapter for Samsung TVs is also based on the presence of a battery and a charging socket. Some devices operate on batteries or completely on mains power. Devices for signal transmission are distinguished by the reception of audio. this is a mini jack 3.5, RCA or fiber optic.
Standards support is taken into account when choosing a transmitter. Support parameters for AVRCP, A2DP and A2DP 1, SBC, APT-X, HFP differ in coverage area and audio bit rate. The presence of standards in adapters significantly increases the cost of the device. However, some users advise against buying too cheap models. An inexpensive gadget often delays the transmission of sound or completely interrupts the signal.
There are adapter models that are a separate attachment with a powerful battery. Such devices can work up to several days without charging.
Thanks to the 5.0 adapter standard, the device significantly increases the data transmission speed range. You can connect several gadgets to such an adapter at once.
When purchasing a transmitter, consider the compatibility of the device with your TV, as well as the Bluetooth version. For 2019, the current version is 4.2 and higher. The higher the version, the better the sound quality. Stable connection contributes to less power consumption for both the adapter and connected gadgets. It should be noted that when purchasing an adapter of version 5.0 and Bluetooth version 4.0 of the connected device, incompatibility may occur.
There are transmitter models with the ability to switch tracks and control the volume. Such models are expensive. But for those who love fully stocked gadgets, this device will be to their liking. Some adapter models have several ways of working:
How to turn on Bluetooth on a Samsung TV?
Transferring content from your phone or other device is made possible by a variety of TV connectivity options. One of the most common ways is to transfer data via Bluetooth. In this case, it is worth considering this type of connection on Samsung TVs. How to enable Bluetooth on Samsung models, how to choose and connect an adapter and how to set up. that’s the topic of this article.
How to connect?
Before turning on the module to the TV, you need to install it. Find the Audio input on the back of your TV. To this connector you need to connect the wire that goes from the transmitter. To power the device, a USB flash drive is inserted into the USB connector. You also need to turn on Bluetooth on the paired gadget (on your phone, tablet, PC).
Next, you need to press the device search key on the transmitter. Typically, these adapters are equipped with an indicator light. The search key must be held down for a few seconds. During the search process, the adapter light will blink. You need to wait a little while the devices find each other. After connecting, you can hear a beep in the TV speakers. After that, go to the menu, select the “Sound” section and activate the paired device in the “Connection devices” item,
If the adapter looks like a large battery pack, it must be charged via a separate cable before connecting. A charging cable is included. After charging, you need to choose the optimal connection method: RCA, mini jack or fiber optic. After the cable is connected to the transmitter, its other end is connected to the TV. After all these steps, you need to check the pairing of devices.
Bluetooth connectivity allows you to do more than just view files from other devices. Many modern wireless headphones are equipped with Bluetooth functionality, which allows you to connect to a TV and play sound through speakers. Therefore, the presence of this interface in TVs is considered mandatory for modern users. In order to enable Bluetooth on your Samsung TV, you need to do the following.
- First you need to go to the settings menu.
- Then you need to select the “Sound” section and click “OK”.
- Turn on Bluetooth on a paired device.
- After that, you need to open “Speaker Settings” or “Headset Connection”.
- Select the item “Search for devices”.
If there are no connected devices, you need to bring the headphones, phone or tablet closer to the TV receiver and press the “Refresh” button.
If in the window that opens there is no inscription “Search for devices”, then this means that the TV is not equipped with the module. In this case, a special adapter is required to connect and transfer data.
Setting up the transmitter is very simple. Usually, the Bluetooth adapter is connected to the TV via the “Audio” (RCA) input. Modern Samsung models have this connector. But if there is no such input, you need to purchase a special additional RCA to USB / HDMI adapter.
After connecting the adapter, the device to be paired automatically connects to the TV without any settings. It is also worth noting that the TV receiver is able to recognize the connected transmitter. This can be seen by first going to the settings menu. In the menu, select the “Connected devices” item. After that, the presence of connected devices will be displayed in a separate window. If the synchronization between the gadget and the TV has not been completed, the user must restart both devices.
When connecting a gadget to a TV via a Bluetooth adapter, you need to properly adjust the sound and volume.
When adjusting the volume, it is worth considering the distance at which the paired gadget is from the TV. At a great distance from the TV receiver, sound may be reproduced with interference or partial loss of signal. Because of this, it will be problematic for the user to adjust the desired volume level.
Connecting devices via Bluetooth is the best option for connecting to a TV. If the manufacturer does not provide this interface, then you can connect via Bluetooth using a special transmitter. These devices are very compact and easy to use.
The recommendations in this article will help you connect the adapter to Samsung TVs. Please note that the above settings for checking and connecting Bluetooth refer specifically to Samsung models. The choice of adapter depends on personal preference and convenience. You can choose the cheapest model with minimal functionality. Expensive adapters have advanced options and more advanced “stuffing”.
See below for what a Bluetooth transmitter is.
How to enable HDR on my Windows 10 computer?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is a technology that offers a richer and more colorful viewing experience on your screen. With HDR, you see more detail in both the shadows and highlights of the scene. With HDR, you get brighter, brighter and more detailed images than a standard display. HDR is great for immersive videos, including movies and games. Some people say HDR improves the viewing experience more than high definition 4K or 8K. If you have a new Windows 10 PC that supports HDR, you can enable this display technology. Here’s how
What you need to enable and use HDR in Windows 10
First of all, you need a 1080p, 4K, or 8K display with HDR support. This could be a computer monitor like the trendy ASUS PA32U we tested, or a Smart TV like the Samsung 4K UHD 7 Series. HDR must be turned on on your monitor or TV. Some HDR capable displays do not have this feature enabled by default, so you should check if you have it enabled.
Second, you need a modern PC with a processor and video card that works with HDR. Intel introduced HDR support in its 7th Gen Intel Core processors, which launched in 2016. Both NVIDIA and AMD also started offering HDR support in 2016. Therefore, you need to have a relatively new processor and graphics card released in 2016 or later to use HDR on your Windows 10 PC.
Equally important is the cable you use to connect your PC to the monitor or TV you are using. You must use a cable that supports HDCP 2.2 (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) and 4K. This can be an HDMI 2.0 cable, such as a DisplayPort 1.4 or USB Type-C cable. The best HDR cable would be DisplayPort 1.4 or USB Type-C. You must use a cable that works with both your graphics card and your display.
Last but not least, you need Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or later. For the best HDR experience on Windows 10, we recommend using the Windows 10 April 2018 Update or newer.
How to enable and configure HDR in Windows 10
If you’ve met the general requirements, it’s time to open the Settings app in Windows 10. One quick way to do this is to press Windows I on your keyboard. Then go to System.
In the column on the left, select Display if not already selected by default.
On the right, find the Windows HD Color section and turn on the Play HDR Games and Apps switch.
Windows 10 turns on HDR and asks if these display settings should be saved. If everything looks good, click or tap Save Changes. Otherwise, click Revert or wait a couple of seconds until Windows 10 reverts to previous display settings with HDR disabled.
HDR is now enabled. However, for the best HDR experience, click or tap on the link that reads “Windows HD Color Settings”.
You can now see more settings for your display.
Turn on the “Play HDR games and apps” and “Stream HDR video” switches so you can enjoy HDR in games, applications and videos such as YouTube.
Scroll down the list of settings and you will see a preview video that shows how the video looks with your current video settings. Play it to see if you’re satisfied. Then see the “Appearance of SDR Content” section. SDR stands for Standard Dynamic Range. This is your usual video setting when HDR cannot be used.
The problem is that when HDR is enabled, standard non-HDR video content can look terrible. You can improve the video quality for SDR content by using the SDR Content Appearance slider. Adjust the slider until you achieve a balance between the two sample images shown in Windows 10. You are now done setting up HDR in Windows 10 and hopefully you can enjoy high quality video content.
I am not happy with the image quality after enabling HDR in Windows 10. What should I do?
HDR can deliver immersive and beautiful video to your Windows 10 PC. However, due to the lack of standardization, this technology has many drawbacks and does not provide a plug and play experience. Not only do you need HDR-capable hardware, but an operating system to support HDR, as well as apps, games, and video content. Therefore, you have chances to run into problems such as standard SDR video content looks too bright or too dark, colors are not displayed correctly, etc. If you’re having trouble, we recommend this support guide from Microsoft: HDR and WCG Color Settings in Windows 10.
You have successfully enabled HDR for Windows 10 PC?
If you follow all the steps and requirements outlined in this guide, you can enjoy HDR apps, games, and video content on Windows 10. We know what we did and we loved it. Before closing this article, please tell us if everything went smoothly and if there were any issues during the installation process. Comment below and let’s discuss.
Setting up IPTV on Samsung Smart TV. Or how to make friends with Peers.TV
Hello everyone! This post will focus on newbies. That is, to those people who have just begun to comprehend all the subtleties and nuances of using TVs with an Internet connection. Because it is difficult to immediately understand everything in this matter.
Many users in the comments on the blog ask the author the same question: how to watch TV channels on a smart TV without complicated settings and, if possible, for free?
That is why, now we will talk about how IPTV is configured on a Samsung Smart TV. over, we will consider the simplest and most affordable option. And of course, completely free.
It is worth saying that one of the reasons for the publication of this publication was the notorious prohibition of the manufacturer on the installation of third-party widgets. After all, it was in applications from craftsmen, television channels that there was a sea. But as you can see, the situation has changed dramatically:
And here a reasonable question arises: what to do for a beginner who does not really understand the intricacies of the firmware of his TV, or maybe he just does not want to carry out any actions on a newly purchased pet?
I want to assure you that there is a way out and it is completely simple. If you want to watch IPTV channels and don’t think too much about the settings, then the official Peers.TV application is just a godsend for you:
We can safely say that this application is out of the box. That is, you do not need to configure anything further here or register somewhere, and then endlessly enter logins, passwords and other information.
The installation process will not take long. After that, run the program you just downloaded and a list of channels that are already available for viewing will open right in front of you:
Well, you can test it. For example, we select the broadcast “Russia 1”:
Take a look at the screenshot above. At the bottom of the screen are controls and additional functions. For example, in the “My Playlists” section, you can register the URL of your provider’s IPTV channels:
And if you press the blue “D” button on your TV remote control in the main window of the Peers.TV widget, you will see a section with the most popular programs:
And finally, let’s look at the most interesting. People, there is a working weekly archive here, which, by the way, is very easy to use:
During viewing, such functions as pause and rewind are available:
How to Enable HDR in a Samsung 4KTV (4K)
And it’s all completely free and also completely legal:
In general, this is what it is, the Peers.TV application for smart TVs. The only drawback may be the not very good quality of the channels themselves. But on the other hand, as they say, for free and sweet vinegar.
Well guys, now you know exactly how easy it is to set up IPTV on a Samsung Smart TV. But if you have questions, ask them in the comments to the article. And now, only hardcore music.
What is HDR on TV
Contrast and the ratio of bright and dark areas are the criteria that determine the quality of the image. Color rendition is no less important, in many respects it determines the realism of the picture transmitted to the TV screen. The level of comfort while watching movies, TV series, programs will depend on the listed parameters.
Imagine one TV has a rich color gamut and excellent contrast, while the other has a high resolution. Which image do you think is more attractive to you? Of course, the first one. The contrast model is able to provide a natural picture. It doesn’t matter which manufacturers’ equipment is being compared: Samsung, LG, Phillips or Sony.
Screen resolution is important, but contrast completely negates it. Since it depends on the contrast how realistic the broadcast image will be. Therefore, experts emphasize that natural contrast, coupled with competent color rendering, is much more important than having support for 4K resolution.
The idea behind HDR technology is to expand contrast and color gamut. Bright areas will appear more natural on an HDR-enabled TV than on a conventional device. The image looks deeper and more natural. Deep shades of reds, greens and blues dramatically expand chromaticity.
The introduction of HDR dynamic range technology has contributed to the creation of a new standard for the color palette. Rec. 2020. Its peculiarity is manifested in shades that ordinary TVs are simply not able to reproduce. The most striking example is the corporate red color of the famous automobile brand Ferrari. It is possible that earlier you simply did not pay attention to such insignificant nuances. However, older TVs are not capable of transmitting such intense hues. In reality, these colors look completely different.
Each user will be able to see the millions of new, complex colors that have become the foundation of the HDR format. Note that the technology under consideration is based on the use of 10-bit color display.
To fully appreciate the benefits of HDR, you need a TV that supports HDR and the associated content. In order to provide high dynamic range, HDR technology uses advanced backlighting. Brightness control is carried out in different areas of the screen. this approach allows you to achieve maximum peaks in those areas where it is really needed. The most striking example is the part of the frame where the sun is shining. The brightness margin is significantly higher than that of conventional TVs. HDR TVs. up to 1500 nits, while regular devices. 400 nits.
The improved palette of colors suggests that innovative technologies will be used at the hardware level. For example, quantum dot illumination. Until recently, TVs with such backlighting literally “thought out” the shades, which did not benefit the viewing. Now directors have the opportunity to choose the optimal color to make the scene as deep as possible.
The HDR standard has been implemented by combining various sophisticated technologies. Therefore, the highest quality image is demonstrated by premium 4K devices. They have the required technical characteristics.
HDR technology has several versions. Let’s consider each of them. HDR10 is the most common. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that the channel transmits up to 10 bits of content. Color palette. 1 billion shades. The stream contains data related to changes in brightness and contrast in a specific scene. It is this feature that makes the image natural.
Dolby Vision is an extended luminance range that far exceeds the capabilities of all existing technologies. The standard was implemented by Dolby. The basic principles of HDR technology have been preserved. The changes are manifested in the expansion of the color channel. 12 bits. The color palette has 8 billion shades. The data stream is colossal. Therefore, you can appreciate the benefits of this technology in the cinema.
What is HDR on TV and how to enable it
TV manufacturers are constantly improving picture quality. Therefore, new standards are regularly announced. HDR TV support: what is it? New TV models are released with this standard. What are its distinctive features? Does it make sense to buy such a TV? To answer these questions, let’s take a closer look at what HDR is. Let’s analyze the main differences of this standard in the photo and on the TV screen.
How to find out if your TV supports HDR technology
This does not require any extra effort. All the necessary information is presented on the box and in the technical documentation. For example, if the box is labeled Ultra HD Premium, then this model is HDR-compatible. If there is a 4K HDR inscription, then such a device will not support all versions of the standard popular today.
How to enable HDR on a Samsung TV? No additional action is required. Just play the content in this format. If the equipment does not support this standard, then an error text will appear on the TV screen.
Consider a few popular HDR TV models from well-known manufacturers. For example, Sony has presented a new TV line. XE93. Absolutely all models in this line support the HDR standard. The screen diagonal starts from 55 inches. New models from Sony support absolutely all versions of HDR. They also have several additional benefits:
- innovative Slim Backlight Drive with dual diode blocks. Provides fine control of the brightness of all areas of the screen;
- X-tended Dynamic Range Pro improves picture quality regardless of content format;
- TRILUMINOS Display technology ensures harmonious transmission of all shades of red, blue and green, and also increases brightness;
- X1 Extreme processor performs HDR remastering to eliminate noise and improve picture quality.
All of the above innovations can significantly increase the image quality. Maximum detail is guaranteed. The combination of HDR and 4K increases viewing angles. Even if you are in close proximity to the screen, the image is still clear. The combination of innovative technologies provides a comfortable viewing regardless of the distance from the screen to the viewer.
LG also unveiled a new line of HDR TVs. It is the introduction of Active HDR technology that has become the main feature of the new products from the South Korean brand. Absolutely all models in the line support HDR10 and HLG formats, as well as Dolby Vision. Much depends on the format of the content. Sometimes it even contains static and dynamic data about the brightness level of a scene. Active HDR technology aims to optimize the video stream for a specific scene. This allows for even greater brightness and realism.
Difference with HDR in the photo
HDR modes in TVs and in photographs have significant differences. When it comes to photography, HDR shows up in an acidic palette and unnatural contours. Television uses completely different principles. Let’s take a look at how HDR works on a TV screen versus a photo to see where the difference is.
HDR TV support means high dynamic range and the largest possible gamut of colors. Together, these parameters make the screen image natural and realistic. Video signal parameters are not limited by standards such as HDTV, as the shooting process and studio processing capabilities have undergone significant upgrades.
In photographs, HDR appears in multiple frames with varying exposures. Based on this, one frame is created, which does not create, but simulates a wide dynamic range.
Based on this, we see that the low brightness solution can be approached from different angles. HDR technology can be a fine-tuned process for keeping images natural. The viewer will be able to see the natural quality of the picture taken with the camera. The second approach is a collection of different frames to simulate a specific scene. Therefore, HDR in a photo is a lack of realism.
HDR video stream looks natural. The viewer does not feel that it was previously processed by a huge number of different filters. Naturalness is the key to success. Therefore, the image looks alive.
What you can watch in HDR
Mostly all well-known studios are actively switching to HDR content shooting. This process was launched back in 2015. Popularization of HDR content is in full swing. Viewers will not feel significant problems with the lack of films and TV series shot using this technology.
Old TVs were noticeably inferior to studio formats. Because of this, the color palette and image depth were significantly reduced. Over time, the situation has changed for the better. Everyone will be able to watch films or series in studio format at home.
Online cinemas, led by Netflix and Amazon, were early adopters of HDR. Today, absolutely all content providers work with this standard. If you have an HDR TV at home, then you can watch absolutely all new films, TV series, programs in the highest quality. The catalog of available content is constantly expanding. All new products are released in HDR format.
The PlayStaion 4 and Xbox One S game consoles also support HDR. Not all video games are released in this format, but the most ambitious projects will provide an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the game. Horizon 3 Uncharted 4 has already received the necessary updates aimed at improving the graphics.
The Ultra HD Blu-Ray format is another new addition. It also supports HDR by default. Movies released on this type of media can be played back on HDR-TV. Owners of this technique will fully appreciate the extended dynamic range and rich palette of colors. The highest quality of dark and bright areas of the screen will pleasantly surprise the viewer.
Should you buy a TV with HDR features? There is plenty of content in this format. It has long ceased to be a rarity. Therefore, you can safely buy an HDR TV to enjoy a realistic image.
HDR technology connection
You don’t need new cords to play HDR content. An HDMI High Speed cable should be sufficient. Newer TVs support this interface. Therefore, there should be no connection problems. In situations where equipment is connected using an AV receiver, you must first make sure that the tuner is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 interface. Many manufacturers have carried out large-scale interface updates. Therefore, HDMI 2.0 is no longer a rarity. To turn on the TV, simply plug the power cord into a power outlet. Then select the signal source. You can play content using special applications such as Netflix.