Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Google Play Movies is the new home of 4K HDR flicks

Google Play Movies is the new home of 4K HDR flicks

Users will get better contrast, improved brightness levels, and images sharper than HD once that happens.

According to Google, HDR will first be available in the US and Canada on Google Play Movies & TV, and the only hardware device that will work with HDR at this time is Chromecast Ultra.

It's great that Google isn't charging more for HDR, you'll still have to fork over a ridiculous $29.99 for those titles. The Google Play Movies and TV app is the latest provider of streaming content to feature this high-quality video service. Chromecast Ultra owners can now stream HDR content from Play Movies & TV, too.

The HDR rollout is being enabled via support from two major studio partners, Sony and Warner Bros., the company says.

Man dies when air bag inflator ruptures amid auto fix
The problem touched off the largest automotive recall in USA history involving up to 69 million inflators and 42 million vehicles. Takata inflators can explode with too much force when exposed to prolonged airborne moisture and hot-and-cold temperature cycles.

The content can be streamed on a tablet or smartphone, or via any Android TV device or the Chromecast. For instance, the newest movie in the Harry Potter franchise, "Fantasy Beasts and Where to Find Them", will be among the first to be available in HDR. Google says the new content will be first available to users in the US and Canada.

It goes without saying that users won't be able to take advantage of HDR support unless they have equipment which supports the standard.

Google follows its competitors like Amazon and Netflix, which have also slowly adopted the format and offered content over the past couple of years.

Like this: