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Netflix going big on HDR in 2016

Netflix has already voiced its support for HDR content, but it seems 2016 is the year we’ll start seeing a lot more of the new feature.

Speaking to Engadget at MWC 2016, Chris Jaffe, Vice President of User Innovation at Netflix, called HDR “the next-level resolution in the playback experience”.

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is shorthand for a series of innovations that allow for a more dynamic, detailed picture, and is set to be the big TV feature of 2016.

A big concern with streaming providers and new resolution technology is the extra bandwidth required to deliver what is sure to be the other big TV feature of 2016, 4K video.

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With HDR however, the bandwidth needed is much less, allowing Netflix to invest heavily in the technology.

The upcoming season two of Daredevil will be available in HDR as well as season one of Marco Polo.

Jaffe also revealed that Netflix has worked out compression algorithms which allow it to adjust the quality of video while maintaining a high resolution – all of which bodes well for both HDR and 4K content.

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Aside from HDR, the company is bringing 30 original shows to its catalogue, including new series and new seasons of Netflix mainstays such as House of Cards.

There will also be 10 original movies and several new documentaries that will hit the streaming service over the coming months.

In terms of its mobile offering, Netflix is due to launch a new version of its iOS app tomorrow with support for Arabic subtitles and auto-play episodes.

Other updates to come this year include the ability to control your data usage on the iOS and Android apps, and a second screen experience for Chromecast users which will offer background information on what you watch.


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