Well I had more of a play with youtube HDR tonight.
Something's definitely not working properly, as I already knew.
I'm still on firmware 3.60.09 because even though I was offered the new firmware yesterday and the previous day, now when I go to search for update, it says "no update found", so maybe LG has pulled the update??
I did discover that HLG HDR videos play OK. It's only the "PQ" ones that are mostly broken.
I ended up on the HDR Channel
, and it was pretty much a crapshoot on which videos would work and which wouldn't. The space ones seemed to look ok, also the Sony Glass Blowing and Fountains of Bellagio looked OK.
The problem is most apparent in brighter scenes. The worst ones I saw were (in this order):
- See the unexpected from Samsung and Redbull in HDR
- Native American Fancy War Dance - Jacob + Katie Schwarz
- World in HDR - Jacob + Katie Schwarz
- Real 4K HDR:TCL Supercars in HDR
- Sony Food Fizzle
Now, I have the "See the unexpected" one as a download from here
, so I can directly compare that with the youtube version.
The weird thing is that All are VP9.2 smtpe2084 (PQ) / bt2020 in the nerd stats, but some seem to work properly and most don't. Actually I do notice that the ones that looked ok were all sort of dark videos so maybe it's just not exhibiting the problem because it's not a bright enough screen to do the washout look.
I took a few pictures to compare for the videos where I already had a downloaded version. The camera didn't really capture the difference well but the washed out ones are obviously the youtube clips. They don't look so bad in the pics but look like garbage in real life. Nothing like a highend HDR TV (or even a lowend HDR TV) should look.
No way can anyone tell me that nothing is wrong with youtube HDR on this TV. It is 100% super obvious when you look at the houses at the very start of that "see the unexpected" video.
It's very disappointing. Only about 10% of the videos that I tried looked even close to right to me, and I played a lot. An awesome TV crippled by a stupid bug, and no fix in sight. I don't really want to buy an external device just to see some HDR demos when I have a nice TV that should (and was) already able to do it.
Come on LG!! Just admit it's broken and fix it please.