What Is HDR and How Do I Enable It

Updated 09/29/2021 01:03 PM

What Is HDR and How Do I Enable It?

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a new standard for Ultra HD TVs that brings image quality much closer to the natural world. Your TV comes to life will richer colors, more details, and brighter imagery. Filmmakers are able to maintain much more of the original image quality and deliver the look that they intended. In a single scene, you can enjoy the full radiance of the sun without missing details in the dark shadows. Learn more here.

Most HDR TVs do not have HDR output enabled by default for HDMI. To enable HDR output from SHIELD, refer to your TV owner's manual. Here are the settings for some of the common TVs:

  • Samsung HDR TVs: Menu > Picture > Picture Options > HDMI UHD Color > On > Restart

  • LG HDR TVs: Home > HDMI > Settings > Advanced > Picture > HDMI ULTRA DEEP COLOR > On > Restart

  • Sony HDR TVs: Home > Settings > External inputs > HDMI signal format > HDMI [select the SHIELD input] > Enhanced mode (TV will reboot)


To watch Netflix shows in 4K or HDR, you may need to upgrade your Netflix service account to the "4 screen plan." Consult Netlfix's article on their latest requirements to stream 4K or HDR content.

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