Chromecast (Google TV) is no longer forcing HDR output | #Adroid | #security


Google has started rolling out its April 2021 update for Chromecast with Google TV. It includes 'Advanced Video Controls' for more granular selection of SDR and HDR output, and more.


Locked SDR now possible

The new Chromecast is a wonderful little dongle for general-purpose streaming but it lacks some of the advanced video options found in other devices. For example, Chromecast's insistence on outputting HDR to HDR-compatible TVs has caused trouble for owners of low-end or mid-range LCD TVs that lack the hardware to do HDR video justice, often resulting in worse picture quality. While Chromecast offers SDR/HDR matching, it has lacked the option to set SDR as the default - or preferred - option. Also read: Review: Chromecast with Google TV Google's latest Chromecast update, which is rolling out now, fixes the problem. With the new 'Advanced Video Controls' you can set Chromecast to SDR mode, which "only supports HDR content". This is something most LCD TV owners should consider doing. Based on our quick testing, it works as intended. Also read: PlayStation 5 now supports SDR/HDR matching for games & apps Chromecast still lacks frame rate matching so users should expect video judder, depending on the content.