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HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Tech/hardware wise, is there anything preventing Roku from updating the Streaming Stick+ and the Ultra to support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision? If it's possible, what's the actual likelihood of that happening?

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Heyitsrick
Level 10

Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

This is an interesting article from a year and a half ago that says it's possible to implement Dolby Vision completely via software, vs. relying upon a specific hardware chipset.

Dolby Vision Via Software

The primary issue for Roku, in my opinion, is the licensing fees for implementing Dolby Vision.  No free lunch.
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Maelish
Level 7

Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

Is HDR10+ backwards compatible with HDR10?  Because if Roku isn't going to use the HDR10+ standard, it would be nice to know.  

The reason HDR10 took off so well is because it's a free standard.  It's not the best of the 5 competing standards but it's better than not having HDR.

I suppose it might be dependent on the standards built into the TV.
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blade_005
Level 11

Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

"Maelish" wrote:
Is HDR10+ backwards compatible with HDR10?  Because if Roku isn't going to use the HDR10+ standard, it would be nice to know.  

The reason HDR10 took off so well is because it's a free standard.  It's not the best of the 5 competing standards but it's better than not having HDR.

I suppose it might be dependent on the standards built into the TV.

HDR10+ is backwards compatible to HDR10. It is another layer on top of the HDR10 base. All PRIME VIDEO is now HDR10+ encoded, but any device that supports HDR10 only will stream it just fine.
TCL-TV Roku 55P605 (4K HDR & DV) | VIZIO SB36512‑F6 Soundbar
TCL-TV Roku 43S425 (4K HDR) | TCL-TV Roku 32S301 (720p)
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Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

So then there's no technical reason why HDR10+ couldn't be added to current Roku devices that support HDR10
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blade_005
Level 11

Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

"kturcotte1980" wrote:
So then there's no technical reason why HDR10+ couldn't be added to current Roku devices that support HDR10

Don't know. Technically, perhaps not. I think it is more a question as to whether HDR10+ becomes more ubiquitous than just a PRIME VIDEO streaming option that today is only support on a very select number of Samsung TV models.
TCL-TV Roku 55P605 (4K HDR & DV) | VIZIO SB36512‑F6 Soundbar
TCL-TV Roku 43S425 (4K HDR) | TCL-TV Roku 32S301 (720p)
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tr0
Level 8

Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

I am more worried about if Roku's choice of dynamic HDR formats (Dolby Vision) fails, it'd be nice if they could just do HDR10+ via an update. If a TV can do DV, it must be able to technically do HDR10+.
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elmoso
Level 7

Re: HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

As much as a fan i am of Roku and being one their 1st top 100 customers that bought their early devices. I have to say that the Amazon Fire TV has a leg up on Roku when it comes to new formats. Their devices support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision w/out breaking the bank on a Apple TV box.

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