The eagerly-awaited HDR10 update for Vizio’s 2016 P-series and M-series TVs is here. A new firmware update (v22.214.171.124) for the company’s SmartCast Ultra HD HDR displays that enables support for the HDR10 format spec. Once installed, compatible Vizio displays can get full functionality out of Ultra HD Blu-ray players including HDR with P3/DCI color. Specifically, the HDR10 update provides compatibility with existing UHD Blu-ray players from Samsung (UHD-K8500) and Philips (BDP7501/F7).
Vizio says it will support for additional Ultra HD Blu-ray players as they become available in the market.
In the press release announcing this update, Vizio was quick to mention its latest displays shipped with support for Dolby Vision and to highlight the advantages of the format (12-bit, 4000-nit video with BT.2020 color) versus HDR10’s current implementation that’s based on 10-bit, 1000-nit video with P3/DCI color. While there are no Ultra HD Blu-rays with Dolby Vision, Vudu offers over 50 UHD streaming titles encoded in the format.
“When we launched the Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD HDR display collections, it was always our intent to accommodate the HDR10 standard in addition to our support for Dolby Vision,” said Matt McRae, the CTO at Vizio. “While Dolby Vision offers consumers excellent picture quality, it was important to us to give consumers options. Vizio now offers HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatible displays with some of the best picture quality options available for the home experience.”
According to Vizio, “SmartCast P-Series and M-Series users can enable the HDR10 update by first ensuring the display is connected to the Internet. The display will then automatically search for the new firmware update and download it to the display. Once the display has been updated, to enable HDR playback from your HDR-enabled UHD Blu-ray player, open the VIZIO SmartCast remote control app, tap “Settings” and press “Inputs” then “HDMI Color Subsampling” and then enable subsampling for the HDMI port the HDR-enabled Blu-ray player is connected to.”
It’s great to see Vizio support HDR10 since Ultra HD Blu-ray offers uncompressed surround-sound (including Dolby Atmos), and higher bitrates than what’s available when streaming Dolby Vision UHD content over Vudu. It’s great to have choices, and I look forward to reading about HDR picture-quality comparisons between UHD-BD and Vudu UHD streaming.