Netflix adds ability to play HD and HDR

Mar

3

2019

to multiple smartphones
Netflix has given multiple devices green light to display HD and HDR images. The company is not happy with that, out of anti-piracy considerations. The new Samsung Galaxy S10 devices receive HDR support and various Snapdragon chipsets get HD streaming.

The Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 + are included in the HDR area , Netflix says on the relevant support page. They now also support HD. Surprisingly this is not, the Galaxy S9 was already in the Netflix list of hdr-capable devices. The cheaper Galaxy M devices, the M10, M20 and M30, are included in the HD area.

Furthermore, the HD permissions per chip set. Android Police noted that Netflix has added the Snapdragon 675, 710 and 855 to the whitelist. Examples of devices with those chipsets in the Pricewatch are the Xiaomi Mi 9, Nokia 8.1, Sony Xperia 1 and LG G8. Phones with the midrange Snapdragon 675 are not yet available in the Netherlands.

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Not all smartphones that have the computing power and codecs for Netflix in hd, can also stream Netflix in hd. Netflix should therefore give it a green light, something that, for example, it immediately withdraws when users have their device or have a custom ROM installed. The installation of Widevine drm is also required, which only manufacturers can do. When OnePlus added this to the 5 and 5T, it had to ask users to send their devices . Otherwise they could not watch Netflix in HD.

The rules for Netflix are also quite strict on desktops. Those who want to stream 4k content in the browser must use Windows 10 in combination with the Edge browser. In addition, the PC must have a Kaby Lake processor or newer or an Nvidia 1000 series gpu and finally an hdcp 2.2 compatible monitor must be used.

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