Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

HDR movies and shows added to Google Play

HDR movies and shows added to Google Play

We've already seen the likes of Netflix and Amazon add HDR titles to their libraries and now Google is doing the same.

You'll be able to spot HDR-enabled content in the app by looking for an [HDR] tag in the video's title.

That being said, the more devices and streaming services that support the format will send a clear message to content creators that the world is not only ready for HDR content, but it's chomping at the bit for it. Of course, you'll need an HDR-equipped TV and a movie that can play in both 4K and HDR. This addition would mean a lot more for the users who have a 4K Ultra HD TVs at home.

The HDR rollout is being enabled via support from two major studio partners, Sony and Warner Bros., the company says. Starting today, Google is rolling out High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for a few select movies and television shows. Google isn't releasing a comprehensive list of what's available; it's up to you to look.

Among those films compatible with the new standard are Kong Skull Island, The Lego Batman Movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Mad Max Fury Road. It's available to start in the United States and Canada, and Google says it's available via the Chromecast Ultra as well.

Google did not offer an estimate as to when HDR support would reach its other global markets, beyond telling us it would be in the "coming months".

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