Monday 7th November

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a term being used to sell the latest Televisions on the high street and as of today it will be a more popular term used on the largest video sharing service online, YouTube. Today Google announced that YouTube is now streaming HDR video and supports the new display technology allowing those with HDR TV’s and monitors to enjoy content with increased clarity, color range and contrast.

4K video has been available on YouTube for some time now, however Google has waited on incorporating HDR till now. Manufacturers of the latest TV sets are now building in the technology in as standard and popular consumer tech like the PS4 and latest Chromecast device also boost the feature.

As Engadget explained “High Dynamic Range, in simple terms, doesn’t change the number of pixels that you see, it just gets more out of them. HDR offers a wider range of contrast and brightness than standard HD or UHD, allowing the resulting images to show more detail in darker parts of the screen and highlights a wider range of colors. You should be able to pick out details that you may not have noticed before.”

Engadget also recognised that Google has worked with a number of YouTubers – including MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob and Katie Schwarz and Abandon Visuals – to have premium HDR content ready for their launch, but now anyone can upload their visually enhanced video online.

Starting today, you can watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices. These include HDR TVs with the new Chromecast Ultra, PCs connected to a HDR monitor and soon the technology will be present on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs. If you have a 4K HDR monitor you can benefit from watching the below video with the added detail, wider range of colours and crisper picture overall.