In the recent Mobile World Congress 2016, Netflix, one of the world largest on demand video streaming site, has announced that it is going all in on Netflix HDR. Business Times also reports that the Netflix HDR to hit Singapore shores by late this year.
“We started exploring HDR content about one year ago. It is the [obvious] next-level resolution in the playback experience,” shared Chris Jaffe, vice president of user interface innovation at Netflix. Only two titles are available in HDR now: Marco Polo as well as Daredevil.
So here’s what we know.
What is HDR: It stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, which makes your screens look better with multiple ranges of colours.
Does it make a lot of difference: HDR videos have a wider and richer range of colours, and they preserve details in the darkest and brightest areas of a picture that are lost using current standards. It also allows for more natural, true-to-life colours that are closer to how we see them in real life.
What you need to watch HDR video: A new HDR 4K TV, which we increasingly see more of them in retail stores now.
How does Netflix work with HDR TV: Once Netflix launches HDR streaming, Netflix will check with your device / TV to see if it is equipped for HDR. Then, your TV will enable the feature, and will handle all the HDR processing on its end, so you won’t have to worry about Netflix being slower.
Does Netflix HDR work with smartphones: There are no information on this available yet but smartphones which allows you to take 4K videos are already available, so we expect Netflix HDR to be compatible with smartphones.
Any new content from Netflix this year: Netflix will be launching 30 shows this year, including new seasons for existing series like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, plus 10 original movies and a number of documentaries and exclusive content for kids.
So yes, when Netflix HDR is here in Singapore, you can finally Netflix and chill in HDR. Are you looking forward to it?