The BBC will usher broadcast TV into the HDR age reports that alongside 4K, HDR is the future of video, but until now its use has been confined to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Now a new trial conducted by the BBC and LG at SES Industry Days in Luxembourg is looking to change thing by bringing the color clarity of HDR to non-streaming digital broadcasts.

HDR content essentially has a higher peak brightness level, and a darker range for blacks. The result is a broader range of brightness available, leading to brighter whites and blacks that are truly black rather than a milky gray.

Backwards compatibility

The technology, which was developed by the BBC alongside NHK, is also backwards compatible with non-HDR equipment, meaning that the new standard won’t break your non-HDR TV or set-top box.

Although without HDR-enabled hardware you obviously won’t be able to enjoy the benefits that HDR content brings.


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