The HDMI Forum has announced the release of the HDMI 2.0a specification that allows for the transmission of High Dynamic Range formats. HDR is one potential element of the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format that is expected to arrive later this year, and streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon also plan to offer HDR as part of their UHD streaming services. The current HDMI 2.0 spec does not support passing HDR over HDMI. We were told recently at Samsung's spring launch event, where the company showed off its HDR-capable TVs, that a software update is all that would be required to move to HDMI 2.0a.
From HDMI Forum
HDMI Forum, Inc., a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, has announced the completion and release of Version 2.0a of the HDMI Specification. It is available to current HDMI 2.0 Adopters via the HDMI Adopter Extranet.
The specification has been updated to enable transmission of HDR formats, which provide enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. The HDR-related updates include references to CEA-861.3, CEA's recently published update of HDR Static Metadata Extensions.
"We recognized that HDR would be a critical feature as the industry evolves. Our support for HDR enables our 800+ HDMI 2.0 Adopters to develop market-leading products that include HDR and will maintain interoperability across the entire HDMI ecosystem," said Robert Blanchard, President of the HDMI Forum, Inc. "Along with the publication of the CEA extensions, the HDMI Forum continues to update the HDMI Specification and remain closely aligned with leading CE standards organizations."
"By adding HDR, the HDMI Specification continues its history of supporting the latest formats and technologies planned for Hollywood content," said Arnold Brown, Chairman of the HDMI Forum, Inc. Board of Directors.
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