YouTube Announces Support for HDR Video

HDR, or high-dynamic range, is one of the big buzzwords around video today. Although 4K resolution is still waiting the content, codecs, and bandwidth necessary, other technology standards have been working on making colors much more vivid in videos.

Although you will need a TV that supports HDR, there is now going to be a new source of content. YouTube has announced at this year’s consumer electronics show that they will be adding support for HDR videos. This means you’ll have both higher contrast, whiter whites and blacker blacks, but more vivid colors.


This will likely be integrated in YouTube’s TV app on devices that support it. It’ll be available to TVs from LG, Samsung, Hisense, and Sony, of which Sony is the only Android TV device.

The news was announced by YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl. HDR joins the list of video types YouTube supports including 4K, 360 degrees, and 8K.

This will come as an update to Google’s VP9 video codec, which will have to be modified to support HDR.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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