Hulu finally adds HDR support, catching up with rivals


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Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Paramount+ have long offered 4K HDR support for their streaming shows, but while Hulu has delivered 4K resolution since 2016 (with a brief blip from 2018 to the following year), it had yet to roll out HDR streaming—until now, anyway.

An eagle-eyed user on the AVS Forum recently spotted a new Hulu support page that says the streamer has finally added HDR support, including HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

Short for “high dynamic range,” HDR allows for a much wider range of luminosity in the video image, making the picture appear to “pop.”

Hulu says that viewers with “select devices” will be able to stream HDR content, and for now, the selection of supported hardware is pretty limited.

Among those devices are HDR-capable Roku players, HDR-capable Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube devices running on Fire OS 7 or later (keep in mind that the Fire TV Stick 4K remains stuck on Fire OS 6), Apple TV 4K (5th-gen or later), HDR-capable Vizio SmartCast TVs, and the discontinued Chromecast Ultra (we’ve reached out to Hulu about HDR support on the newer Chromecast with Google TV dongle).

The AVS Forum user posted a list of at least some Hulu original shows that display an HDR badge, including Nine Perfect Strangers, The Handmaid’s Tale, Little Fires Everywhere, Dollface, The Great, The First, High Fidelity, Catch-22, and The Runaways.

Among Hulu’s movies with HDR include Run, Happiest Season, WeWork, Bad Hair, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

HDR support has become a common feature for most of the big streaming services. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ have long supported HDR, while Paramount+ has a handful of HDR titles available in HDR. HBO Max only began offering HDR support as of last December, and for now, it’s only streaming first-run Warner Bros. movies in the format.

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