Dolby Imaginative and prescient has lengthy been pitched because the “greatest” HDR (excessive dynamic vary) resolution on the market. The Dolby system makes use of dynamic metadata to inform the TV the brightness for every body or scene to extend the influence of HDR over static methods – like HDR10 – which solely makes use of that knowledge as soon as to set the brightness for the complete movie.
This holy grail TV tech has lengthy been related to high-end TVs. It has been one thing provided on LG’s OLED TVs for a few years and for probably the most half it has been these costly OLED units that provided Dolby Imaginative and prescient.
That is all set to vary, with Philips saying that 90 per cent of its 2019 TV vary will assist Dolby Imaginative and prescient. That is not simply the brand new OLED 804 and 854 fashions, however throughout LED fashions too – by means of the 6000, 7000 and 8000 collection.
This makes Dolby Imaginative and prescient an accessible HDR know-how the place in earlier years it hasn’t been. Whereas Philips is but to announce the pricing for its 2019 line-up, we’re anticipating a few of these fashions to be obtainable for beneath £800, just like the 7304 – which Philips is candidly calling The One.
There’s an necessary level that is typically missed about dynamic metadata methods too: they’re much more efficient on mid-range TVs than on high-end fashions and might actually increase the viewing expertise. Whereas prime tier TVs are sometimes loaded with higher panels, further processing and in lots of circumstances extra exact dimming, methods like Dolby Imaginative and prescient could make higher use of the abilities of mid-range TVs – so that you get a greater image.
The identical is true of the rival system HDR10+. That system – backed by firms like Samsung – has an identical setup and because it occurs, Philips can also be supporting HDR10+ on these fashions two.
The supply of Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material has been increasing over the previous few years; it is turning into extra widespread from Netflix, it is showing on next-gen Extremely HD Blu-ray discs and there is a wholesome number of DV content material obtainable from iTunes on the Apple TV.
Sadly, Dolby Imaginative and prescient is not one thing that may be retro-updated, so there will not be DV assist on 2018 fashions – not even the flagship Philips OLED+ 903.
Philips new vary of TVs are anticipated to be obtainable within the first half of 2019, costs to be confirmed.
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