Just as high-dynamic range is supplanting 4K as the video format of the moment for our televisions, monitors, and phone displays, Google has announced a big push to make us want it even more. Following in the footsteps of Netflix and Amazon, Google is bringing HDR playback to Play Store movies and TV shows to make your viewing experience more lifelike than ever.
Some 40 movies are available for HDR viewing, including The Lego Batman Movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Kong: Skull Island. To check if a movie will stream in HDR, search for "HDR movies" in the Play Store, select a title, and scroll to the bottom of the description page. Supported movies will have new HDR heading under Additional Information, which Google says will deliver “better contrast, greater brightness levels and sharper images than HD.”