CBS All Access Adds HDR Support to Android TV App




Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard

An app update to CBS All Access this week enables HDR support on Android TV platforms. Dolby Vision HDR support had been available on the Apple TV version of the app, but this latest update allows devices like the Shield TV Pro and the recently released TiVo Stream 4K to enjoy some high-dynamic range content.

The changelog for this week’s update is rather short and sweet:

“What’s new: Includes support for HDR content and badging for premium video features, along with some bug fixes.”

The app currently has a 1.6 rating (out of 5) on Google’s Play Store, so hopefully those bug fixes address some key lingering issues. As for HDR support, Android Police reported issues when it tested the new feature out on an Android TV-powered Hisense H8G, so users may run into some hit-and-miss success with this latest update.

We’ve also given the app update a test run on an Nvidia Shield TV Pro and TiVo Stream 4K. On the Shield, we weren’t able to view Star Trek Picard or Star Trek Discovery in HDR. We also searched for the term “HDR” within the CBS app and it offered up The Good Fight in addition to the two Star Trek shows, but none showed any HDR badging. As for the Stream 4K, while we noted in our full review that the device enables our TV’s Dolby Vision at all times, we didn’t notice any true HDR effect when we sampled a few episodes. At this point, it looks like while the app itself might be ready for high-dynamic range content, there’s still some updating left to do.

If you’ve given the latest version of Android TV’s CBS All Access (version 7.3.20) a spin, have you been able to view HDR content? Let us know in the comments below.

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