What is HDR10+? Everything you need to know about the new HDR format

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HDR is a major improvement for TVs and the content we love to watch. We explain it all and give you the resources needed to experience HDR10+ in all its glory.
The way we see things has changed a lot since the days of rabbit-ear antenna televisions. It's safe to say we have a clearer vision of the future, and it seems that with every new year comes a new resolution. With these ever-expanding pixel counts, it can be hard to keep up — but not to worry: Not only do these sharper resolutions heighten your future viewing experience, but the costs also tend to come back down to earth once a new standard is set.

High-dynamic range, more commonly referred to as HDR, is one of the most important new video technologies since the upgrade from standard definition to HD. But HDR comes in many flavors. You've probably heard terms like Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, or more recently, HDR10+. But what exactly is HDR10+? How can you get it? And perhaps most importantly, is it the best HDR format? We're glad you asked! Below, we'll shed some much-needed light on all of these questions and more.

What is HDR?

Before we can dive into HDR10+, we need to make sure we understand HDR. We've got a few fantastic deep dives on this technology that you can peruse at your leisure, but for the sake of a quick introduction, high-dynamic range as it pertains to TVs allows for video and still images with much greater brightness, contrast, and better color accuracy than what was possible in the past. HDR works for movies, TV shows, and video games. Unlike increases in resolution (like 720p to 1080p), which aren't always immediately noticeable — especially when viewed from a distance — great HDR material is eye-catching from the moment you see it.

HDR requires two things at a minimum: A TV that is HDR-capable and a source of HDR video, like a 4K HDR Blu-ray disc and compatible Blu-ray player, or an HDR movie on Netflix. Confused consumers often conflate 4K and HDR, but they are very different technologies; not all 4K TVs can handle HDR, and some do it much better than others. That said, most new TVs support both 4K UHD and HDR.

But saying "HDR" is like…
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