NETFLIX is about to look way better for loads of Sky customers.
The app is getting a huge upgrade that makes visuals more attractive – but not everyone will get it.
Sky HDR update – what is HDR and what shows will get it?
Sky Q is rolling out HDR, or High Dynamic Range, for Netflix from today.
It was already available for some existing Sky Q content, but not works with the Netflix app too.
HDR footage looks better than standard video, offering improved contrast and a wider range of colours.
TV shows and movies viewed in HDR will look more realistic and impressive.
"It’s great to add Netflix’s HDR films and TV shows to the growing collection of stunning HDR content on Sky Q, giving our customers a brighter, bolder and more realistic viewing experience," said Sky's Fraser Stirling.
"Netflix HDR is the latest in a string of new features we’ve added to Sky Q, including; enhanced voice search, a sleek new home screen design and apps like Fiit and Roxi, making it easier for customers to find more of what they love in one place."
Sky Q HDR content – what's available?
Loads of Netflix content is available in HDR already, especially if it was produced in recent years – or is a Netflix Original.
That includes David Attenborough's new A Life On Our Planet.
And you don't need to do anything to activate it, because the content will play in HDR if your TV supports it.
Sky Q also has some of its own original HDR content, including:
- Sky Nature: Gangs of Lemur Island
- Sky Nature: Pridelands: Wilderness reborn
- Sky Nature: Malawi: Wildlife Rescue
- Sky original: Britannia II
- Sky original: Cobra
- Sky original Bulletproof 2
- Sky original: Save Me Too
- Sky original: A Discovery of Witches
- Sky original: Brassic 2
To get HDR, you'll need a HDR TV, a Sky Q box, an Ultra HD + HD or Q subscription, and Netflix Premium.
- Sky Q from £25 a month – buy here
How to check if you've got a HDR TV
Most new televisions support HDR, but not all HDR formats are exactly the same.
You'll need a specific type of HDR called HLG – or Hybrid Log Gamma – which is different from other variants like HDR10 or Dolby Vision.
HLG is a format developed in-part by the BBC, and is extremely common in the UK.
Any HDR TV from LG, Sony or Samsung that was made in 2016 or later will be HLG HDR compatible.
Looking up your TV model online should quickly reveal if it's a HLG HDR telly.
You can also check with the manufacturer.
One of the simplest ways will be to try out a piece of HDR content in BBC, and see if the High Dynamic Range setting activates.
If it doesn't, then it's unlikely that your TV supports HLG HDR.
Of course, you won't just need a HDR TV.
You'll also need a compatible Sky Q box, with either a Sky Q Experience or Ultra HD subscription.
Importantly, some older Sky Q boxes won't support HDR, so check if your model is compatible here.
Currently, it seems like all version-one Sky Q boxes. All 2TB boxes are compatible.
If you've got all this, you'll be automatically set up to view HDR and won't need to amend any settings.
Simply playing HDR content will automatically trigger the special viewing mode to activate.
In other news, Sky has added a new free gaming app with Tetris, Crossy Road and more.
Samsung has released an "outdoor" 4K TV called The Terrace.
BBC Together lets you watch TV shows or movies at the same time as pals or distant family.
And Disney+ is now streaming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for all subscribers.
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