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Samsung 4K TVs Get Ready For 4K HDR Blu-ray Players

Samsung said it is first to market with TVs supporting HDMI 2.0a, the HDMI connector technology that accepts high-dynamic-range (HDR) metadata from external devices such as forthcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players and streaming–media adapters.

The company today issued a free HDMI 2.0a firmware update for its 2015 SUHD and UHD TVs.

 Separately, the company at IFA 2015 in Berlin unveiled a 4K Blu-ray payer and said the component would be available in the U.S. and Europe early next year with HDR support.

Samsung’s 2015 SUHD and UHD TV lines already display HDR content from embedded streaming apps, though only Amazon streams 4K content in HDR for now.

The firmware update does not require new HDMI cables.

Samsung’s SUHD TVs use a proprietary form of quantum-dot technology to expand color gamut to close to Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) standards. It’s positioned as offering a more cost-effective alternative to OLED TVs.

Samsung’s SUHD technology uses proprietary nano-crystal technology, which is combined with other display enhancements to not only produce a wider color range but also to deliver what the company said are “the deepest blacks seen on an LED screen” as well as “unmatched brightness.”

The SUHD TVs also feature local dimming technologies to minimize black loss, improve contrast, and deliver deep blacks without loss of detail.