LG Announces HDR Streaming On 2015 OLED 4K TVs
On Thursday, September 3, 2015, LG Electronics announced the launch of High Dynamic Range (HDR) streaming on its 2015 LG OLED 4K TVs. The new features allows viewers to play back HDR content from both content partners and external sources.
The first service to deliver HDR picture quality streaming is Amazon Video via the Amazon Video app which is part of LG's webOS Smart TV platform. Examples of the titles that will be streaming in HDR are the popular and award-winning Amazon Original Series “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle” as well as the pilot episode of the upcoming comedy series “Red Oaks”.
LG OLED technology delivers a more perfect black that is well suited for HDR content. Deeper blacks allow the OLED TVs to produce the required light ranges at lower peak brightness, resulting in a more comfortable viewing experience. The LG OLED 4K TVs meet the new Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) guidelines for HDR-Compatible Video Displays. According to CEA, HDR is a capability that promises a more expansive range of darkness, brightness and shadow detail.
LG Models that can stream HDR include the just-announced EF9500 Flat OLED 4K TV series and the currently available EGB9600 Curved OLED TV series. The new EF9500 series comes with full HDR capability built in while LG's EG9600 series TVs will receive a firmware update that adds HDR capability. The 55 and 65 inch class TV sizes include:
EF9500 – FLAT OLED 4K TV
- 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EF9500: $5,499
- 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EF9500: $6,999
EG9600 – CURVED OLED 4K TV
- 55-inch class (54.6 inches diagonal) model 55EG9600: $5,499
- 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) model 65EG9600: $6,999
Requirements to View HDR Streaming Content
- A wireless network connected to the Internet
- A high speed Internet plan capable of receiving 20Mb per second of data (subscription sold separately)
- Streaming service subscriptions (sold separately)
- Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice
- WebOS does not support Flash
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