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LG collaboration boost for 4K HDR

LG Electronics (LG) has agreed key partnerships with premier technology companies and content providers to offer consumers more high-quality 4K HDR (high dynamic range) content.

LG’s new OLED TVs and Super UHD TVs in 2016 are designed to support the current industry-standard HDR formats such as HDR10 and Dolby Vision. LG, Dolby and Netflix collaborated to create high-quality 4K Dolby Vision HDR footage from Netflix’s highly acclaimed Daredevil series for LG OLED TVs. The Dolby Vision content takes full advantage of LG’s OLED technology to deliver brighter highlights, deeper darks, enhanced details and colours unmatched by conventional TVs for a superior TV viewing experience.

LG has also teamed up with a number of major global content providers to ensure that the best streaming content is readily available for HDR viewing. Original HDR programmes from Amazon including The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle will be demonstrated at LG’s booth at CES. Visitors will also be able to experience YouTube’s HDR content for the first time, demonstrated using Google’s VP9-Profile 2 codec. YouTube will provide HDR playback through its TV app starting later this year.

At CES, LG will display scenes from 20th Century Fox’s The Martian on its HDR-enabled OLED TVs, using the Vidity video player from Western Digital. The popular movie has been HDR-remastered, making the film’s space scenes look even more spectacular.

To highlight yet another collaboration, the LG booth will feature a dark room designed specifically to display HDR video clips from deep space shot by NASA and produced by Harmonic, the official UHD partner of NASA. As NASA and Harmonic will show, HDR allows viewers to experience space in a way never seen before. “LG’s OLED TVs, with their ability to deliver deep blacks, showcase the recently announced NASA TV UHD channel in the best possible way, taking consumers much closer to the real experience of being in space,” said Peter Alexander, senior vice president and CMO of Harmonic.

Lastly, LG will also demonstrate an advanced HDR broadcasting technology in cooperation with Las Vegas local broadcaster. Developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, ATSC 3.0 standard-implemented broadcast draws on HEVC (High Efficiency Video Code), the next generation video compression technology in the United States, and advanced frequency transmission to greatly improve picture quality.

“At LG, we take content just as seriously as TV technology and hardware,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “Sharing our innovation with industry-leading partners is a critical part of our strategy to bring more benefits to our customers and to quickly expand the availability of great content.”


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