Apple has rolled out an update to the Apple TV app used by smart TVs and other devices, bringing HDR10 + support to Apple TV+ streaming and iTunes movies.
The introduction of tvOS 16 adds several features, including support for video streaming using HDR10+ on the third-generation Apple TV 4K. Following this release, Apple has begun to bring the same support to third-party hardware that uses the Apple TV app.
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Moreover, users of smart TV models such as Samsung are starting to get an updated version of the Apple TV app. Content from Apple TV+ and iTunes movie rentals is displayed with support for HDR10+ – as an additional HDR option, base HDR10 and Dolby Vision were previously supported.
Furthermore, HDR10+ is a standard that adds dynamic metadata to HDR10, enabling the picture on the TV to be more precisely optimized on a scene-by-scene basis throughout the content.
While the TV can display HDR10 content, it does require HDR10+ support to display HDR10+ video. If it’s connected to a standalone streaming device, it must also support HDR10+ to work.
However, in order to add support to the content in the first place, studios have to provide Apple with HDR10+ master files. With only a handful of studios actually releasing content in HDR10+, much of the content available through Apple’s online services will remain out of reach for quite some time.