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SkyQ’s roll-out of HDR can be delayed by more than one YEAR

SkyQ’s rollout of color enhancing HDR can be delayed more than one YEAR due to ‘other priorities’, reports claim

  • The original timeline stated that HDR support would be completed by the end of 2019
  • The company has now missed this timeline, which was first outlined in February 2018
  • An unofficial remark from a Sky employee reveals that the company focuses on ‘other priorities’

Sky’s plan to launch HDR support for his ‘Q’ box has fallen flat on his face by missing the 2019 target – and can be delayed by another 12 months.

The long-awaited upgrade brings Sky customers up to date with many other video streaming providers.

Netflix, Amazon Prime and even the BBC already offer viewers the ability to view content in HDR.

A message on the Community Forum from community manager Kei + M states that Sky is concentrating on other priorities and that HDR has therefore fallen out of the boat.

They added that although the end of 2020 is now the provisional timeline, it is possible that this will run into 2021.

However, a Sky spokesperson told DailyMail.com: “This is speculation, we want to launch HDR as quickly as possible.”

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Sky's plan to launch HDR support for his Q-box fell flat on their faces by missing the 2019 target - and could be delayed for another 12 months

Sky’s plan to launch HDR support for his Q-box fell flat on their faces by missing the 2019 target – and could be delayed for another 12 months

Community Manager Kei + M has posted: “I hate to carry bad news, but it is unlikely that the UK will see HDR early next year at the earliest. We pushed it back while we work on other priorities. “

The comments must still be supported by Sky through official channels.

Sky offers 4K ultra high-definition display, but HDR offers a different dynamic for viewers.

The long-awaited upgrade brings Sky customers up to date with many other video streaming providers. Netflix, Amazon Prime and even the BBC already offer viewers the ability to view content in HDR

The long-awaited upgrade brings Sky customers up to date with many other video streaming providers. Netflix, Amazon Prime and even the BBC already offer viewers the ability to view content in HDR

The long-awaited upgrade brings Sky customers up to date with many other video streaming providers. Netflix, Amazon Prime and even the BBC already offer viewers the ability to view content in HDR

HDR offers more contrast on the screen, with white and black appearing farther apart than in non-HDR formats.

This contrast is more visible to the human eye in most circumstances than 4K.

4K offers more pixels in a given area, increasing the details and improving the visual message, but HDR is seen as more valuable for its contrast benefits.

MailOnline has approached SkyQ for a response.

WHAT IS HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGING (HDR)?

High dynamic range or HDR increases the difference between black and white parts of a screen the contrast range of conventional television.

The dark parts of the screen are automatically darker and the light pieces lighter, making the detail visible.

This means that it also offers a wider range of colors than standard Ultra High Definition screens.

The kind of difference this will make for your viewing experience is that water shines more realistically and sunlight shines brighter.

Details in the shadows or shot at night are also saved more effectively, for example embers flicker on a burning campfire.

However, TVs that support the standard are usually more expensive.

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