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How to find 4K HDR content in Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

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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.

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
  • Bloodline
  • Chef’s Table
  • Hibana
  • 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:

  • Fury
  • Men in Black 3
  • Smurfs 2
  • After Earth
  • Pineapple Express
  • Chappie
  • The Amazing Spiderman 2
  • Salt
  • Hancock
  • Elysium
  • Transparent S1 & S2
  • Mozart in the Jungle S1 & S2
  • Man in the High Castle
  • Bosch S1 & S2 (on 3/11)
  • Red Oaks
  • Mad Dogs
  • Casanova
  • Highston
  • Z
  • One Mississippi
  • Edge
  • 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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Are you looking to level up to an HDR-ready TV? Let us know below.

Bugblatter

May 25, 2016, 10:15 am

I have a HDR TV (LG 65EF950v) and a HDR UHD bluray player (Panasonic DMP-UB900). Each has a Netflix app, neither app supports HDR and we have no timeframe for them to do so.

Netflix has completely fluffed this launch.

Dave

May 28, 2016, 5:48 am

MARCO POLO is in Dolby Vision, Unfortunately many Samsung and Vizio sets don't support it.

Larry Rosenberg

June 14, 2016, 1:16 pm

As of June 13, 2016, Netflix HDR is available only on my 2016 Samsung KS8000 and only two titles, "Marco Polo" and the new Adam Sandler movie, "Do Over." It is not available on my 2016 Samsung K8500 4K Blu-Ray or my 2014 Samsung 65HU9000/SEK 3500, and many other new and recent 4K/HDR capable TVs.

You really need to check your facts before writing reviews like this.

Rayza

June 19, 2016, 2:06 pm

I've got an HDR tv and hardly any of the titles you listed are actually in HDR or Dolby Vision on Netflix. The only ones are The Do Over & Marco Polo.

blenky

June 24, 2016, 4:34 pm

Netflix and Amazon support both Dolby Vision and HDR10.

Elevator_Insider

June 24, 2016, 5:42 pm

Netflix does not support HDR yet complete BS And searching HDR brings only only Marco Polo which is 4K but not HDR.

Starlord7

July 1, 2016, 5:45 pm

I just bought a 4k tv a few days ago. Marco polo is in 4K+HDR. It just doesn't show the 4k tag on the title, it just shows the HDR tag. However when you start playing and open the info screen, it will show that it is playing in 2160, which is 4K.

Matthew Knippen

July 12, 2016, 11:41 pm

I can't seem to find an info screen of how it's playing. Are you doing it through Chromecast or on a Vizio TV? Any help would be awesome.

Starlord7

September 9, 2016, 2:21 am

Sorry for late reply

I gave the TV to my parents, however it was an LG and the remote had an info button on it.

Brent Joseph Cornils

September 14, 2016, 7:17 pm

I have an LG with 4K and HDR (called Dolby Vision on Netflix in the tagline) and the TV auto shifts into the correct mode when you select one of the shows that pop up when you search "HDR". These things only work on the in-tv app so far. Unless your player specifically supports it.

Rich S.

September 19, 2016, 4:41 am

There are 2 types of HDR on Netflix, Amazon and Vudu.

HDR10 which is 10 bit with static settings. (metadata the same for the whole video)
Dolby Vision which is 12 bit with dynamic settings controlled by metadata in the stream.(can change contrast, brightness, etc scene by scene)

Also 2 types of TVs. HDR10 and HDR10/Dolby Vision
Usually about 25% more for the 10/12 bit models.

Necro

September 22, 2016, 8:50 am

It would be nice if Amazon actually supported more TVS. they only support like 15 or less 4k HDR tvs. And my 2016 LG just happens to be one they do not support. Netflix supports it fine.

artyziff

December 1, 2016, 9:45 pm

Netflix now has a section for this

Epicurus_P

January 2, 2017, 12:08 am

The Grand Tour on Amazon looks pretty damn good in 4K HDR. Best I have seen streaming wise is that Adam Sandler flick on Netflix though.

Curt Wiederhoeft

January 11, 2017, 7:05 pm

The Grand Tour indeed looks good, but my TV is telling me it's coming in as 1080p HDR, not 4K.

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