Which TV set do I need to view HDR content on Swisscom TV?
UHD offers a higher number of pixels; HDR greatly improves contrast and has a much broader colour spectrum. Combined together, the two technologies bring a noticeable leap in quality. Swisscom TV is one of the broadcasters pioneering the transmission of programmes and channels in HDR & UHD quality.
There are a number of competing HDR standards at the present time: the widely used HDR10; Samsung's HDR10+; HLG, a format co-developed by the BBC and primarily used for live programming, and “Dolby Vision”, promoted by LG and also used by Netflix and Apple TV.
The new Swisscom Box from Swisscom TV conforms to all the different standards and is perfectly compatible with the latest generation of televisions, which can typically display more than one standard without a problem. It is even the first box of its kind in Europe to support Dolby Vision. Worth knowing: Dolby Vision, like HDR10+, is one of the next-generation HDR standards, offering an even better HDR display than the widely used and somewhat older HDR10 standard (without the plus).
These standards are rarely specified directly on one of the visible logos on the screen. If in doubt, therefore, it is vital to check with the retailer of the device in question.
Do I specifically need to activate the HDR function on my TV?
Depending on your TV model, yes. For information on how to activate HDR, read the user manual for your TV set. We have summarised some details from a few manufacturers here.
What if I want to use an AV receiver, a soundbar or an HDMI splitter via HDMI?
If you are using an AV receiver (HDMI), a soundbar (HDMI) or an HDMI splitter between the Swisscom TV Box and UHD TV set, this device also has to support the HDR10 and HLG standard. If not, you will not benefit from HDR.
How can I test if my TV or other connected devices support UHD/HDR?
You can check the Swisscom TV settings under System > UHD/HDR Assistant to see if your devices support UHD/HDR.
Which UHD channels can I receive with Swisscom TV?