Samsung smart TVs to support YouTube’s HDR app

Samsung Electronics says that its Quantum dot TVs and UHD TVs will support YouTube’s global High Dynamic Range (HDR) playback through an expanded version of the YouTube application.

The application – which supports HDR video streaming, and offers a wide range of HDR content – will be made available to customers using Quantum dot and UHD TVs via an automatic software update. Customers can then access HDR content simply by visiting the HDR category within the app on YouTube’s 4K channel, providing an easy way to navigate and enjoy premium content, said Seline Han, VP of Samsung’s Visual Display business.

To coincide with the launch, the YouTube app will feature new HDR videos from popular YouTube content creators, such as MysteryGuitarMan and Jacob + Katie Schwarz. To ensure the proliferation of new HDR content, additional YouTube creators will be able to utilize the YouTube Spaces LA and NYC, which provide HDR production resources to content creators.

With a growing number of HDR content providers, as well as the numerous creators already producing HDR video content, YouTube’s support for HDR is expected to introduce more genre offerings in the coming year.

Samsung describes HDR as “an image reproduction technology that analyzes the contrast ratio of a video to help express even the most subtle differences in shades and tones of color.”

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