Finding a great Black Friday deal on a real HDR 4K TV is going to be the holy grail.
High Definition Range (HDR) is taking off for real this Fall. The Sony PS4 console supports HDR as well as the Xbox One S. When you search for HDR on Netflix you find about a dozen movies and shows that are streamed in 4K HDR including Daredevil. More shows including the new Luke Cage are going to stream in HDR later this year.
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TV makers are ready too and offer a wide range of HDR TVs. HDR is a feature of 4K Ultra HD TVs and has been around since last year, but only in 2016 the HDR10 support in TVs became common. If you know about HDR, jump right to our Best HDR TV Deals List to see the best HDR deals you can get today and throughout the Holiday shopping season.
If all TV makers would just put HDR10 into the model name, things would be easier, but each manufacturer came up with their own marketing term for HDR10 support. LG throws around HDR Pro and HDR Super, while Samsung touts HDR Premium and HDR 1000. Then there is also Dolby Vision that is based on 12-bit color and full production process that has already found supporters in Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon and TV makers like LG.
The UHD Alliance tries to simplify the selection of a HDR TV with a certification called Ultra HD Premium. The problem is that not all TV makers are part of the UHD Alliance and do not accept the requirements.
To fully leverage the HDR information the TV must have a superior panel that supports hight brightness and wide color gamut. OLED panels or Quantum Dot displays are considered the best panels for HDR content.
A new IHS report says that HDR TV shipments will reach more than 4 million units in 2016 and growth to more than 30 million units by 2020 world-wide. The problem is that all of the 112 million 4K TVs shipped worldwide will be compatible with HDR, but only 30% will have true HDR performance capabilities. This means most HDR TVs on the market are not truly delivering on HDR as their cheaper panel can't display the HDR enhanced video.
There is also yet another issue with HDR TVs buyers should be aware of that plan to use it for gaming. Some HDR TVs do support HDR in game mode because the input lag gets too high.
To score the best HDR TV on Black Friday 2016 you need to decide first if you want and can afford a true HDR TV. The best HDR TVs will be priced way above $1k.
To find a HDR TV that is able to display HDR in its full extend look for Samsung TVs supporting HDR 1000. The Samsung SUHD TVs with Quantum Dot color support 10bit color delivered by HDR.
LG TVs supporting Super HDR are also fully leveraging HDR. LG goes a step further and also supports Dolby Vision. The support of Dolby Vision could LG TV owners the leg up in the future. LG supports HDR Super in its Super UHD lines and its OLED TV lines.
Sony labels its HDR TVs with 4K HDR. The 2016 Sony TV series X930D, X940D, X850D, X800D, X950B, X940C, X930C, X910C, X900C and X850C support 4K HDR.
Vizio's HDR is compatible with Dolby Vision. The Vizio Reference series, P-Series and M-Series support HDR with up to 800nits brightness and 10-bit color.
Find current HDR 4K TV deals in our HDR TV deals list. The featured HDR TV deals range from premium HDR TVs to standard HDR sets that only bring some enhancement to HDR display because of the limits of the display technology.
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