Netflix and Amazon both now support HDR TV, but finding High Dynamic Range content isn’t exactly straightforward on either service. Here’s how to simplify your super-sharp streaming.
(Update: September 12 2017): The all-new Apple TV 4K has been confirmed for 4K UHD and HDR support.
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is the next big thing in TV display technology. Put simply, it’s the ability of a TV to display a more ‘dynamic’ range of colours – brighter whites, deeper blacks and so on.
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Not only are new HDR-ready TVs flooding on to the market, major streaming services are also starting to get on board. Amazon’s Prime Instant Video platform started supporting HDR content in 2015, with Netflix jumping on the bandwagon earlier this year.
The thing is, with HDR video far from the norm – HD and UHD are still the dominant standards – it’s not always that easy to find the content. But there’s a couple of things you can do.
Let’s take a look at each service.
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How to find HDR content on Netflix
In the main, Netflix slaps an HDR or Dolby Vision logo on its HDR-ready titles. It’s a bit unhelpful that there’s not yet a dedicated HDR section in the Netflix app, though this is surely coming.
Until then, you need to know which titles are supported and seek them out individually – we’ve listed the ones we’re aware of below, with Daredevil probably the best known.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Chef’s Table
- Knights of Sidonia
- Marco Polo
- Marvel’s Daredevil
- Marvel’s Iron Fist
- Marvel’s Jessica Jones
- Marvel’s Luke Cage
- Marvel’s The Defenders
- The Do-Over
- The Ridiculous Six
But you can also cut to the chase just by keying ‘HDR’ into the search box. That query will bring up a full list of Netflix’s HDR-ready content and is the simplest way to browse all the HDR titles on Netflix at the moment.
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How to find HDR content in Amazon Prime Video
Amazon may have beat Netflix to the HDR party, but it’s just as tricky to find HDR-ready content in its Prime Video app. Like Netflix, the best it offers is an HDR logo next to selected titles. At present, we believe these are:
- Men in Black 3
- Smurfs 2
- After Earth
- Pineapple Express
- The Amazing Spiderman 2
- Transparent S1 & S2
- Mozart in the Jungle S1 & S2
- Man in the High Castle
- Bosch S1 & S2 (on 3/11)
- Red Oaks
- Mad Dogs
- One Mississippi
- The Patriot
- Good Girls Revolt
Not having an HDR-capable TV myself, it’s unclear whether the same search trick that can be used in Netflix also works in Prime.
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Searching the Prime Video website for ‘HDR” does bring up Mozart in the Jungle though, so it’s worth a shot – let us know how you get on in the comments.
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