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UHD-HDR technology advances to new TV standard

According to GfK Retail & Technology, around 3.2 million television sets were sold in Germany in the first half of 2020, almost 70 percent (2.2 million) of which were UHD sets. Nearly all (97 percent) of the UHD displays sold support High Dynamic Range (HDR) and can display content with a significantly greater contrast range and more natural colors in finer gradations. 

There is also a clear trend in the supported HDR methods: Until 2017, HDR-capable televisions almost exclusively integrated so-called static HDR processes such as HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). The key data for contrast and brightness are defined once per content. Since 2018, more and more UHD devices have been shipped that are also capable of dynamic HDR methods such as Dolby Vision or HDR10+. These define the desired image impression for each scene or even individual image. In the first half of 2020, around 1.6 million UHD HDR televisions were purchased which support dynamic HDR in addition to HDR10 and HLG. 300,000 of these are "HDR all-rounders", which can handle all the currently relevant processes mentioned above.

uhdr.de: Info portal for consumers on Ultra HD and HDR

What do Ultra HD, UHD or 4K mean? What is HDR and what is the benefit of a wider color gamut? The information portal uhdr.de of Deutsche TV-Plattform explains the most important terms and advantages of the Ultra-HD standard in a simple and neutral way, understandable for "average consumers".

Which devices are capable of HDR and which HDR methods are supported? These questions are addressed by the Ultra HD device list, a highlight of the info portal. The database currently contains over 1,200 device models that support HDR: TV sets, streaming devices, beamers, Ultra HD Blu-ray players, media receivers, set-top boxes and consoles. For each device it is shown which HDR methods are supported in each case: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+.

Comprehensive overview of Ultra HD content: The availability of Ultra HD content is constantly increasing. Visitors to the website can find out what is already available - and where - in a comprehensive overview of "4K content": all UHD content on television, plus an overview of streaming and video-on-demand offerings.

uhdr.de also provides a news blog as well as further information for technically interested people - for example on HDR, wider color gamut and the production of Ultra HD content.

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