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HDR Frequently Asked Questions

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What is HDR?

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a new video signal format which can deliver a wider range of brightness and colour compared to the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) format, the decades-old specification currently employed by traditional HDTVs.

In general, HDR-enabled content played on an HDR-compatible TV produces a noticeably fuller, richer image, that’s closer to what the eye naturally sees. That means much deeper black levels that retain finer details; brighter highlights; and a much wider colour spectrum than is possible on older HDTV technology. Movies and TV shows will look more realistic, more true to life and much closer to what we actually see in ‘real life’.


Which TVs support HDR?

To experience HDR, you'll need a HDR compliant TV and HDR compatible content.
The following TVs support HDR:

  • 4K HDR 2015 models: X85C, S85C, X91C, X90C, X93C and X94C
  • 4K HDR 2016 models: XD70, XD75, SD80, XD80, XD83, XD85, SD85, XD93/XD94 and ZD9
  • 4K HDR 2017 models: XE70, XE80, XE85, XE90, XE93, XE94 and A1 Series
    •  2K HDR 2017 models: RE40, RE45, WE61, WE66 and WE75
  • ​​​​​​​4K HDR 2018 models: XF, ZF, AF series

NOTE: You can also check your TVs box for the 4K HDR logo, or search for your specific model number on our support homepage.  

How can I watch HDR?

Your TV should automatically display HDR compatible content. However, when watching HDR content from HDMI devices, you'll have to change the HDMI signal format

Currently, there are number of different mediums that support HDR:

  • Internet Streaming: Apps such as Netflix and Amazon video*
  • 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Players
  • PS4/PS4 Pro and other consoles

*Availability of this content depends on the country/region.
 

 

What are the recommended settings and cables for watching HDR?

Your TV should automatically display HDR compatible content. However, to view HDR pictures at 18 Gbps:

  • Use a Premium High Speed HDMI cable for 18 Gbps.
  • Set HDMI signal format to Enhanced format.
    1. Press the HOME button on the remote control.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select External inputs in the TV category.
    4. Select HDMI signal format and set to Enhanced format.*

*This is mandatory to watch HDR content from HDMI devices.

For more information, see the following article: How do I view 4K and HDR content on Sony's Android TV?

How can I use my PS4 Pro to play/watch 4K and HDR content

For more information, please go to the  PS4 Pro Frequently Asked Questions .

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