Just recently, Netflix has just turned on the switch to add high-dynamic range (HDR) playback for TVs that are able to support such a feature. However, do be warned that the bandwidth requirements are a bit on the steep end. But those who have the hardware (and Internet speeds) that can keep up with the HDR playback, then you will be in for a great time as more vibrant and eye-popping visuals will make way into your TV.
Netflix Adds HDR Into the Mix
What is HDR and why is Netflix offering it? High dynamic range, HDR for short, allows for higher brightness levels and a greater range of colors as it is able to better deliver better dark and light images. Therefore, brighter highlights and darker shadows are presented while still being able to deliver plenty of color detail as compared to just watching videos with the standard dynamic range.
While it does cause for some excitement, at the moment, the Netflix’s HDR offering is but only the first season of Marco Polo. Well, that’s not certainly much of an excitement. However, the company responsible for the popular streaming service told FlatPanelsHD that Marvel’s Daredevil will soon get the HDR treatment in the future. Still, it is unclear what other shows will get the HDR support, and the company is still to create an “all original shows” pledge as what they previously did for their Ultra HD 4K programming.
On a more realistic side of things, most people won’t be able to take advantage of the HDR functionality immediately anyway. In order to take advantage of the HDR playback, you would need a TV that has such a capability. Furthermore, the only way to do that is to look at TVs that have been launched into the market since last year.
Aside from having the right kind of hardware to watch HDR shows, the streaming service has their own set of requirements to make use of the playback functionality. To start, subscribers would need the service’s 4K Ultra HD plan, and just like with existing 4K UHD streams, the company recommends Internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps. This is five times faster than the required Internet connection speeds for 1080p playback.
As for the particulars, Netflix is supporting both the proprietary Dolby Vision and the open HDR-10. The former of which works on HDR sets from TCL, LG, and Vizio. So if you want more eye-popping visuals from the popular streaming service, you might have to cough up extra cash to get the chance to take advantage of it.