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Malik05    4

I had some questions regarding HDR I was hoping someone can shed light on for me:

  • Am I able to stream content from (for example) Amazon Instant Video or Netflix via Chromecast and still support HDR if that specific content supported it? Or can it only be viewed via HDMI connection?
    • For example, The Grand Tour via  Amazon Instant Video through casting.
  • Can existing non-HDR content be viewed in any more enhanced ways (similar to how non-HD can be up-converted)?
    • I see a lot of YouTube videos touting 4k HDR, which I wonder if i Chromecast to an HDR TV, will it display with HDR features?

 

Basically I wanted to know if I just streamed via Plex some of my old content, will it be any more enhanced on an HDR display even if the content isn't certified via Dolby Vision or HDR10

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The_Decryptor    1,105

SDR content on a HDR display will look exactly the same, any information about the lighting is already lost and can't be added back in.

 

The Chromecast Ultra supports HDR, and I assume things like Netflix will use that, but it's worth checking (They might turn around and limit it just to "certified" devices)

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Malik05    4

Excellent response - thanks! 

 

Follow up: The TV in question is the Vizio M series. The software centers itself around casting to the TV (via built in Chromecast capability) - would casting directly to the TV support it the way you described Chromecast Ultra? 

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The_Decryptor    1,105

I honestly have absolutely no idea, you'd have to read the product manual to find out what it's capable of (Chromecast is just Google's fancy dongle, the underlying tech is shared, our Sony blu-ray players both support it, etc.)

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Malik05    4

Okay so I got some answers:

 

- Netflix will let you stream via HDR if you have that in your package

- The Vizio TV supports both Dolby and HDR10 standards but it also depends on what the content itself supports 

- On the Vizio app, you can go into the Display Settings and see if the content currently being displayed is HDR or not (as well as resolution)

- Although YouTube offers HDR, the Vizio TV software currently is not supporting YouTube HDR over Chromecast (however this may or may not change in the near future)

- You can connect your computer to the display and watch HDR content but the computer itself must support it (probably via gfx card)

 

 

Hope this helps other folks that were wondering the same...

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Jaybonaut    215
47 minutes ago, Malik05 said:

Okay so I got some answers:

 

- Netflix will let you stream via HDR if you have that in your package

- The Vizio TV supports both Dolby and HDR10 standards but it also depends on what the content itself supports 

- On the Vizio app, you can go into the Display Settings and see if the content currently being displayed is HDR or not (as well as resolution)

- Although YouTube offers HDR, the Vizio TV software currently is not supporting YouTube HDR over Chromecast (however this may or may not change in the near future)

- You can connect your computer to the display and watch HDR content but the computer itself must support it (probably via gfx card)

 

 

Hope this helps other folks that were wondering the same...

Make sure the connection to your Vizio TV is at least 25 Mbit via WiFi (not just your net connection speed - your actual home WiFi needs to be able to stream at a minimum of 25 Mbit) for Netflix 4K/HDR.

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