If you own a recent Samsung TV, you could soon watch High Dynamic Range (HDR) content on it via YouTube.
Samsung is rolling out an update to all of its 2016 Quantum Dot or UHD (aka 4K) TVs that will let viewers watch HDR content via the YouTube app. The update will launch "progressively throughout the world from December" according to Samsung. There's no word on when it will reach UK viewers.
HDR is a technology imported from cameras. It allows for much better colour and light, with a much larger contrast ratio (i.e. difference between black and white on-screen). A wider range of colours also means the image on screen is more lifelike, and that it has more depth.
Unfortunately, there's not much HDR content currently available – Netflix and Amazon Prime Video offer some, and there is some on YouTube, though not very much. But YouTube is working with content creators to bolster the number of HDR videos it offers. Samsung says that YouTube creators can make HDR content using specialist production facilities in Los Angeles and New York City to swell the HDR ranks.
Seline Han, Samsung's VP of the Visual Display Business, said: "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.
"We are confident that our TVs will bring to life an immersive HDR viewing experience – all from the comfort of our users' homes."
Heather Thompson Rivera, YouTube's director of product partnerships, added: "We are thrilled to announce the launch of HDR support on Samsung's Quantum Dot TVs. 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."