Whenever a popular, beloved service like Facebook or Netflix makes changes, you never know if it's going to ruin it or not. What is supposed to be a nice, clean and helpful update could render the service completely useless. It's happened more than once, and I'm willing to bet that it will happen again.
That being said, one of Netflix's upcoming changes has now been revealed, and it looks like your movies and shows are getting WAY better. Seriously.
Reporters at CES are giving stunned, rave reviews to Netflix's new trick.
Forget HDTV. Netflix has revealed a higher-quality streaming service called HDR, which stands for high dynamic range.
At CES in Las Vegas this week, reporters were treated to sneak peeks of what streaming HDR movies looks like on a 4K TV.
I wish I could show you examples of how much better the picture looks in HDR, but Netflix wouldn't allow photos to be taken at the CES event. But reports claim that:
HDR basically ensures you're seeing extremely accurate colors that have a higher range. So instead of a ray of sunlight appearing washed out and white, you're able to notice the orange and yellow hues instead.
In "Marco Polo," there are scenes in which a colorist traditionally had to choose between either showing a dark shadow or ray of sunlight. With HDR, there's no such compromise — colorists are able to highlight the nuances of each, showing both dark shadows and bright light that doesn't appear washed out.
So when can you get your hands on HDR? You'll be hearing a lot more about it this year. You'll need a 4K TV and some patience. Netflix hasn't announced when it will release HDR to the masses. In the meantime, stay in tune with what's Happening Now, and I'll have all the latest as it breaks.