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Amazon Prime adds enhanced HDR contrast to Mozart in the Jungle and Red Oaks for Samsung HDR TVs

by on August 24, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – August 24, 2015

High Dynamic Range is one of the technologies that’s supposed to make up the next generation of 4K content and Amazon.com is definitely invested in this future. The company has been slowly releasing HDR content and converting its 4K programming to include the new format over the last couple of months. Bow, they’ve expanded their selection of HDR shows by adding the proper coding to Mozart in the Jungle and Red Oaks.

High Dynamic Range is the name given to a new video technology that greatly expands the overall contrast levels shown in a piece of digital video content. For now, programming with HDR is still very rare (much rarer than 4K Ultra HD programming itself) and limited exclusively to video with 4K resolution. Furthermore, only select brands of UHD TVs are capable of displaying the new format.

Unlike 4K, which can be hard to distinguish from Full HD in smaller screens, HDR video is notably superior to its older SDR (standard dynamic range) counterpart and in TVs or displays of any size. The sharper bright colors and deeper, richer black ranges of HDR are not screen-size dependent.

the visual difference between HDR 4K video and SDR 4K video

the visual difference between HDR 4K video and SDR 4K video

In the case of Amazon’s newest additions, the first season of Mozart in the Jungle and the pilot episode for the upcoming comedy series Red Oaks will now be available to some consumers in High Dynamic Range. This enhanced contrast will however only be available to owners of HDR capable Samsung SUHD 4K TVs, which are some of the only models on the market today with HDR-capacity built into them. Sony has also released a couple of HDR-capable models but we have no word yet on whether they will support Amazon’s new programming enhancement for contrast.

According to Jay Marine, VP for Amazon Instant Video in the European Union, “HDR provides a truly stunning visual experience and we’re excited that our original series, Mozart in the Jungle and the pilot episode of Red Oaks are the first titles to be made available in the unmatched picture quality.”

Amazon Prime subscribers who want to see these two pieces of HDR programming and others as they emerge will have to, at least for now, own a Samsung 2015 SUHD 4K TV and also have access to an internet connection which delivers at least 20 to 25 Mbps of constant connectivity. 4K video and even more so 4K HDR video requires heavy bandwidth in order to be effectively delivered.

Amazon has also recently announced the impending release of other titles are coming out in 4K and likely with HDR also built into them. These include “The Man in the High Castle” (based on Philip K. Dick’s novel about an alternative future in which the Nazis won WW2) and a second season of the series “Transparent”.

Story by 4k.com

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  • dave
    March 21, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I have a 2015 Samsung UHD/4K TV. I have an internet speed of 150 MB/Second. However, when playing Mozart in the Jungle from Amazon prime (straight through the TV receiver, not through roku, etc), it is still shows it is playing at 1080p… so frustrating. I have checked all of my settings and have called Samsung for support with no solution.

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  • Rob
    March 23, 2016 at 5:29 am

    I have just purchased a Samsung SUHD TV and I must say The Man In The High Castle in 4k and HDR looks absolutely stunning. A fabulous production to showcase the capabilities of the TV. The detail, colours and lighting are really something else and really portray the period it is set.

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