‘Universal HDR must end the battle for HDR formats’

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) is one of the most talked about topics in the field of TV. After all, there are now several standards for HDR and not every TV, player or receiver supports all formats. We can therefore speak of a HDR format war but they want to put an end to this as soon as possible.

The Ultra HD forum, a collaboration between several large companies, associations and institutions, wants to go during NAB 2018 in Las Vegas the new ‘Universal HDR’ present, or actually discuss. This includes solving the problem of the different HDR formats and mediating between the different parties. LG, Dolby and Comcast among others.

The idea behind ‘Universal HDR’ is fairly simple, but can only be implemented when everyone is behind it. Techniques like HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), Technicolor Advanced HDR, Dolby Vision and HDR10 + must be combined into one universal HDR standard. Ideally, every television receives support for Universal HDR.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but the first step towards a universal HDR standard has been taken. We also hope for a quick cooperation between all parties, so that it is clearer for the consumer what to expect. However, all TV manufacturers and AV parties must work together for this. Even Panasonic, Sony and Philips are not part of the Ultra HD forum and now support HDR10 +, but not Dolby Vision.

Read more about all HDR formats.