RE: Mac128 "So, all good news, but again, makes my point that the DV/HDR-10 issue is far from settled. Moreover, not every streaming app supports all features uniformly across all devices, or on the 900E. Though I would assume it will all eventually support all forms of HDR as the industry realizes it's the best way to capitalize on 4K purchases, especially since they're already doing it for blu-rays."
***Good point. And yes, DV/HDR10 not settled yet BUT - I really think HDR10 is the base level that will be adopted by virtually all the providers. Dolby Vision might have more potential with 10,000 nits but geez, louise, my Sony 900E is bright enough already. And let me know when they have a projector that can get to 10,000 nits that is under $100K or doesn't blow up on bright scenes.
I found it interesting that VUDU is supported by the 2018 Sony's. That's o.k. - - I'm still glad I bought the Sony 900E when I did. Netflix still provides the best 4K/HDR experience for me outside of the occasional YouTube 4K/HDR clip.
I really wish HLG would progress with broadcasters in the U.S. Like we've all said before, the TV technology is so far advanced in terms of TV capability compared to the source content we get today. Live sports broadcasts can really run the gamut from a great picture to a fuzzy mess. Streaming seems to be the best method to get 4K/HDR to folks homes. I know Directv has some 4K channels and Comcast has a new STB but alas, all canned 4K/HDR content. Unless you consider streaming Netflix from your Comcast 4K/STB to be 4K capability.
All good, though. The Sony 900E's upscaling ability makes the best of a bad situation.
More info on HDR10 & DV below, including an interesting article from "The Verge."
Link to article: https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/5/14...anced-ces-2017
HDR10 is the more open standard for HDR developed by device manufacturers (including Samsung and Sony) to avoid having to submit to Dolby’s own standard and fees. It's the default standard for 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray disks, and has been embraced by both Sony and Microsoft for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One S.
The downside is that while HDR10 is more open, it holds to a lower standard of video quality than Dolby Vision, mastering content at 1,000 nits of brightness compared to Dolby Vision's theoretical 10,000-nit limit. The former also supports 10-bit color to Dolby Vision's 12-bit, which translates to a smaller color range.
Developed by Dolby, Dolby Vision is the other primary competing standard for HDR content. Unlike HDR10, Dolby’s format requires TV sets and media devices that have been specifically designed with a Dolby Vision hardware chip — from which the company receives licensing fees.
It's also the more future-proof of the two formats, with content being mastered for a higher level of brightness and color gamut than what today's top sets can provide. Of the four formats Dolby Vision has the highest barrier to entry since it requires specific hardware to support. But it also offers the best HDR experience of any of the four standards since it can calibrate the picture for the specific TV hardware, in addition to the high mastering requirements.
HLG, or Hybrid-Log Gamma, is a one of the newer standards on the market, but it's an entirely different beast from Dolby Vision and HDR. HLG was developed by the BBC and NHK broadcasting networks to serve as an HDR format for live video. Unlike other HDR methods, which pre-encode the content with metadata to properly display the HDR effect, the HLG system is designed to work similar to regular broadcast television. It simply includes additional information regarding the HDR effect that compatible sets can implement. The broadcast is also backwards compatible with older standard dynamic range images should the set not offer HLG compatibility.
While HLG is still years away from any mainstream rollout, there’s nothing about the spec that would prevent any HDR set from offering a firmware update to support it later on.