Vizio SmartCast P- & M-Series TVs Getting HDR10

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Vizio is sending out a firmware update to its SmartCast P- and Mseries Ultra HD TVs that enables support for the HDR10 format specification on HDR Blu-ray players.

The HDR10 update expands compatibility of these displays with HDR discs played on existing UHD Blu-ray players from Samsung (UHD-K8500) and Philips (BDP7501/F7). Vizio said it is continuing to work to further expand support for additional players as they become available in the market.

HDR10 is based on the Rec2020 color space format, but restricted to a P3 color space and a maximum of 1,000 nits in a 10-bit format. Dolby Vision is a theatrical format, featuring the Rec2020 color space but capable of offering up to a 12-bit format. Where the HDR10 standard is limited, Dolby Vision content is mastered in Rec2020 and boasts 4,000 nits with the potential to expand further for more finely tuned dynamic content.

“It was always our intent to accommodate the HDR10 standard in addition to our support for Dolby Vision,” said Matt McRae, Vizio’s chief technology officer. “While Dolby Vision offers consumers excellent picture quality, it was important to us to give consumers options. Vizio now offers HDR10- and Dolby Visioncompatible displays with some of the best picture quality options available for the home experience.”

SmartCast P- and M-series users can enable the HDR10 update by first ensuring the display is connected to the Internet. The display will then automatically search for the new firmware update and download it to the display. For specific settings see Support.Vizio.com.

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