Amazon debuts Toshiba Fire TV Edition televisions with Dolby Vision HDR

CNET | 6/21/2019 | David Katzmaier
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The new sets add Dolby Vision HDR to the features of current Toshiba Fire TV edition sets (above).

There's a new horse in the stable of Amazon Fire TV edition televisions by Toshiba, one that adds support for the Dolby Vision high dynamic range format. Available today in a 55-inch size for $450, and coming soon in 50-inch ($380) and 43-inch ($330) sizes, the new Fire TV sets compete against other budget models from TCL and Vizio, many of which also support Dolby Vision.

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High dynamic range promises improved picture quality, with better contrast and color. Dolby Vision is one of two major HDR formats along with HDR10, and in my experience the differences between them are subtle -- as are the effects of HDR on any budget TV, period. And of course you'll need to be watching Dolby Vision content to take advantage.

Just like on Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K, the main source of Dolby Vision TV shows and movies on the Toshiba TVs is Netflix. Amazon's own catalog of Dolby Vision titles is limited to just the original series Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and Bosch (Season 2 only), as well as a handful of old Sony Pictures movies including The Smurfs 2 and After Earth. Amazon and Dolby representatives told me to expect more Dolby Vision content on Amazon soon, but didn't have any specific announcements. Meanwhile most of Amazon's originals are available in the HDR10+ format, which competes against Dolby Vision, and which Amazon's reps said they'll continue to support.

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Beyond Dolby Vision support, the new sets have all of the Fire TV extras, including scads of apps and a voice remote with Alexa. The new TVs don't have a far-field mic built-in, but Fire TV offers excellent integration...
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