HDR or high dynamic range is gradually becoming more popular. TVs with HDR support are getting more affordable which is why you’re seeing content services add support for the standard. We’ve already seen the likes of Netflix and Amazon add HDR titles to their libraries and now Google is doing the same. Google has announced that HDR playback is coming to movies and TV shows available on the Google Play Store.
Google hasn’t revealed a lot of details about this right now so it’s unclear how many titles will support HDR playback initially. It did mention one title that’s going to have support, the Harry Potter prequel titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The company does promise that “many of the movies our users love” will be getting support for high dynamic range playback. Users will get better contrast, improved brightness levels, and images sharper than HD once that happens.
It goes without saying that users won’t be able to take advantage of HDR support unless they have equipment which supports the standard. They will need to have a TV that has HDR support or a smartphone.
There are only a handful of smartphones available right now with support for HDR and they include the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6.