Windows 10 users can now stream Netflix in 4K and HDR, the streaming giant has confirmed.
The pre-Christmas boost will be welcomed by Windows 10 users with compatible displays supporting 4K HDR.
PC owners will be able to view more than 200 hours of High Dynamic Range content via the Edge browser and the Netflix app for Windows 10. Yes, that includes Stranger Things 2.
In a blog post Netflix says: “We are thrilled to announce the addition of High Dynamic Range (HDR) support on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app. With this update, Netflix members who have a supported device and a premium plan can enjoy amazing Netflix movies and shows in HDR.”
In its announcement, Netflix touted the expected influx of HDR-enabled PCs in 2018. The company also said the announcement was the culmination of a collaborative effort between partners like Intel and Nvidia.
“Intel’s 7th generation and higher CPUs provide that capability needed to play the Netflix HDR10 encodes,” the firm said. “In addition, both Intel and Nvidia developed GPUs that use 10 bits-per-channel for each of the RGB colors, increasing the color space that can be represented.”
PC users seeking to jump aboard with the premium visual standard will need a Premium Netflix subscription.
While a huge range of televisions offer support, Netflix has gradually been adding HDR compatibility with the top smartphones.
Android phones like the LG V30, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZ1, LG G6 (Dolby Vision) support HDR. On the iOS side, you’ll need an iPad Pro (2nd generation), iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X.
Today’s announcement is probably overdue, but in Netflix’s defence, external monitors with HDR support are still few and far between and even less common on laptops.
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