Ultra HD Premium Certification - The Low-Down Behind the Logo

This year is going to see the introduction of the UHD premium certification. This certification is set out by the UHD alliance and a TV must meet or exceed minimum standards set out by the alliance in order to achieve this certification.

It is important to note that not all TV manufacturers are taking part in this certification. So there are a few very good sets out there that do meet these minimum standards and don’t have the certificate, but we would recommend that if you want to know your buying some of the best technology to date. You look at TV’s with UHD Premium Certification

What is the UHD Alliance?

For this I like to imagine a table. A big table with lots of chairs for a rather impressive group to discuss how 4K to succeed. We have TV manufacturers including Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and LG first to sit at the table. Next we have most of the movie studios including Disney, Warner, Universal and Fox. And finally sit the tech companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Dolby.

The great thing about the alliance is that it makes everyone sing off the same hymn sheet. So if you get a TV that has the UHD Premium certificate you know that the people who are making content and displaying content are working to the same specification as your TV.

What are the minimum requirements of the certificate?

The main goal of the alliance is to make sure that your new TV can fully take advantage of the latest advances in 4K, including high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG). There is already content today that uses HDR and WCG and more is on the way, so very important and here are the minimum specifications you will want-

  • Resolution: 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels)
  • Color depth: 10-bit (very important for HDR, most other TV’s are only 8-bit)
  • Color gamut: Wide, has to be able to show at least 90 percent of the P3 color gamut
  • Minimum brightness: There are two standards set out under this. One for the LED sets and another for the OLED’s. It is the distance in between how bright the TV can go and how dark it can go that is important for you when watching HDR. The LED sets much reach a minimum brightness of 1,000 nits, along with a black level of 0.05 and the OLED sets must reach a brightness of 500 nits, with a black level of 0.0005.


Do I have to get a TV that has the UHD premium certification.

Not at all. We sell lots of great TV’s that don’t have the certificate. A few of them even meet the specifications for the certificate but still don’t have it (the manufacturers do not want to put it on their TV’s). It all depends what you are looking for. Why not get in touch with us on 0345 5577 335 and we can find the best TV’s for you at the best prices.


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