Hulu is bringing HDR streaming to just a select few shows
The competition around streaming services is tougher than ever, with seemingly hundreds of options to choose from. So it’s odd that Hulu, home of hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, Little Fires Everywhere, and PEN15, has only just added a feature that’s been bundled with rival options for years.
Two years after reintroducing 4K streaming, Hulu quietly added HDR support to some of its original content this week. In a post on its support page, Disney’s streaming service said, “Users can currently stream select Hulu originals in high dynamic range (HDR), HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision on select devices.”
“HDR content delivers a higher contrast range for much finer image details,” it added.
Content that can be streamed in HDR will be badged to indicate that the option is available. A commenter on AVS forum has compiled a list of what’s currently available – and it’s disappointingly short.
TV series include Nine Perfect Strangers, The Handmaid’s Tale, High Fidelity and Hellstrom. Original films include the documentary WeWork, RUN, and The United States vs. Billy Holiday.
Even if one of these appeals to you, you won’t be able to enjoy them in HDR on every device. Hulu said it only supports HDR content on Fire TV devices (including Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube), Apple TV 4K (Gen 5 or later), and HDR-capable Vizio, Roku, and Chromecast Ultra models.
The new HDR offering adds to the platform’s existing library of 4K Ultra HD content, which is again largely limited to Hulu originals. You can watch 4K content on all of the above devices, as well as UHD LG TVs and the Xbox One S and X models.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It makes images on a TV more contrasted, meaning you can see more details and colors than standard or even high definition – making your favorite shows and movies look even more realistic and immersive.
Other streaming services that support HDR include Disney Plus, Netflix Premium, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and HBO Max.
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