The previously announced X94C and X93C are already compatible with HDR, and though a software update Sony will bring HDR support to its X91C, X90C, X85C, and S85C models. The company confirmed the news at IFA 2015.
HDR on all 2015 Ultra HD TVs
High dynamic range (HDR) reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity, bringing greater contrast to the screen. You will get brighter whites and deeper black, and more shadow/highlight details. HDR considered the next step in picture quality after Ultra HD by many in the industry.
Sony launched its 2015 line-up earlier this year and only the X93C and X94C included support for HDR. However, a software update will bring it to all of the Ultra HD TVs launched this year. Existing owners of the TVs will be able to get a taste of HDR even though the TVs will not be able to reproduce the full dynamic range. This requires full array local dimming on LCD displays.
The update will also include HDMI 2.0a, Sony confirmed to FlatpanelsHD.
- "Sony is pleased to be expanding HDR compatibility for our 4K Ultra HD televisions. Sony has always been a leader in HDR, from our HDR-enabled professional cameras, to Sony Pictures produced and edited HDR content, to our expanded line of HDR compatible TVs, only Sony can bring you the full HDR viewing experience from the lens to the living room.” said Motoi Kawamura, General Manager for TV Product Planning and Marketing in Europe.
Amazon recently started streaming TV series in 4K HDR quality and Netflix will soon do the same. The new Ultra HD Blu-ray movies will also offer 4K HDR.
The free update will roll out before the end of 2015, says Sony.