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Samsung will begin rolling out a new firmware update to some of its TVs

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Written by Kamil Arli

According to Forbes Columnist John Archer Samsung TV Now Supports YouTube HDR

Samsung has announced that from today (December 20th 2016) it will begin rolling out a new firmware update to some of its TVs that will enable them to play high dynamic range (HDR) videos from YouTube.

WHEN YOUTUBE LAUNCHED ITS HDR SERVICE IN EARLY NOVEMBER 

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When YouTube launched its HDR service in early November it was initially only available to people with a Google Chromecast Ultra fitted to an HDR-capable TV. So the makers of YouTube’s early HDR content should see a significant upturn in their viewing figures now that Samsung’s huge TV install base can get in on the action.

THE YOUTUBE HDR SUPPORT ONLY APPLIES TO CERTAIN SAMSUNG TVS

That said, the YouTube HDR support only applies (for now, at any rate) to certain Samsung TVs. According to Samsung’s statement on the YouTube HDR launch, while all of its 2016 Quantum Dot TVs and UHD TVs will get the necessary firmware update, there’s no mention of YouTube HDR being brought later to any of Samsung’s 2015 HDR-capable TVs.

The UN65KS9800 is one of the Samsung TVs set to receive the YouTube HDR update. (Pic: Samsung)

The UN65KS9800 is one of the Samsung TVs set to receive the YouTube HDR update. (Pic: Samsung)

 Samsung’s announcement also states that while the update is intended to be global, it will roll out ‘progressively’ from December. This implies a gradual distribution model, where some territories get the updated app earlier than others. So don’t necessarily expect it to be available for your set by the time you’ve finished reading this article!
IF YOU ARE LUCKLY ENOUGH TO OWN A COMPATIBLE SAMSUNG TV…

If you’re lucky enough to own a compatible Samsung TV, the update should upload to your set automatically if it’s connected to the Internet; you shouldn’t need to install it via USB stick. Once the update has completed, accessing HDR content on it simply involves visiting the new HDR category within the updated YouTube app’s 4K channel.

It’s expected that other TV brands will also embrace YouTube HDR, so keep an eye on my Forbes channel for further updates.

 

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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