Netflix is one of the popular destinations if you’re looking for HDR content. A few months ago, the company announced that it’s going to support HDR content streaming on a few Android handsets.
The first device to get support for this kind of streaming was LG G6. Later on, it added a couple of handsets. Recently, Sammobile discovered that Netflix added Galaxy Note 8 to the list of supported devices.
Although it supports the Note 8 for its HDR content streaming, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ aren’t too lucky. During the official launch of the handset, Samsung stated that it came with Mobile HDR Premium certification. It also partnered with Amazon Video for its HDR content streaming.
In addition to Galaxy Note 8, Netflix also added support for Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium.
But, just because you have devices that could stream HDR content from Netflix doesn’t mean that you can take advantage of it immediately.
First, you need to subscribe to Netflix’s four-screen plan that can cost around $11.99 a month. You can’t stream HDR content on your Galaxy Note 8, for instance, if you’re just a one or two-screen plan holder.
Apart from the Netflix plan requirement, your Internet connection must also be fast. That is, it must have a speed of 25 Mbps.
When finding an HDR video on Netflix, the best thing to do is to type in HDR in the search box. After that, Netflix will show its list of HDR compatible content. Unfortunately, it won’t list all. Most popular shows on Netflix support HDR, so that’s a good thing.
HDR content is popular because it offers wider and richer colors, as well as brighter whites and deep blacks. Most Netflix users watch content on their TVs. It’s especially true in the US and Canada. However, in some Asian countries, mobile screen is the major consumption device.
Netflix and Amazon started to stream HDR content on smartphones and other mobile devices as early as April this year. Samsung’s Tab 3 was the first tablet to support HDR videos with a better dynamic range. The LG G6, on the other hand, was the first phone to have support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR.
Apple will announce its new iPhone models soon. The iPhone 8 is stated to have a Samsung-supplied OLED display. Thus, it’s likely to support the HDR10 standard. Furthermore, Netflix considered the idea of providing its users mobile-specific content for its original movies and TV shows.
As for Sony, it confirmed on its Twitter account that its Xperia XZ Premium would get 3D creator app. It’ll be provided as part of the Android Oreo update. Originally, Sony released the handset with Android 7.1 Nougat OS.
The 3D scanning is part of the latest 3D Creator app, but it’s not part of its camera app. It lets you scan any thing. Although it’s still in its early stages, the company stated that there are real-world use cases for it. It promised to make it more available to the audience.