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NetFlix Enables HDR for Pixel 3 and 3 XL Phones

Video streaming giant, Netflix recently enabled HDR support for the Google Pixel 3 (that has been priced at Rs 61,937) and the Pixel 3 XL. These smartphones have HDR displays and have the capability to play HDR videos. Before this, Netflix hadn’t offered HDR support to these devices. A few other popular devices that come with HDR support of the Netflix app include Huawei Mate 20, LG V40, LG G7, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. With the help of HDR support, users will be able to utilize most of the HDR10 display which is present in their smartphone.

A few Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users have been noticing the HDR badge on Netflix shows that have been shot in HDR. Before this, the Netflix app didn’t show this badge for Pixel smartphones, and users would have had to settle for an HD version of the content itself, sans HDR. Netflix confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it would now support HDR on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

As a recap, Netflix shows Ultra HD 4K and/ or HDR content only if a ‘Premium’ subscription has been purchased by the user, and this costs Rs. 800 per month and will also enable viewing on 4 screens at the same time. The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL come with 2K displays, and the Ultra HD 4K tag will never be seen in this case.

Some of the Netflix shows such Bird Box, Narcos: Mexico and Sex Education on our Pixel 3 were watched and one was able to see the HDR badge against the show names. Netflix also added the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XLl to the list of its official devices which have HDR support.

Notably, only a few Pixel 3 users haven’t been able to see the HDR badges for these shows which indicated that this might be a staged rollout of the HDR support feature on the Google devices. The support of HDR improves the viewing experience of content since it provides a higher level of contrast between the light and the dark images on the screen.

While you’re here, this week the outlook for Netflix is quite entertaining:

Other things coming to Netflix this week:

Sunday, March 3rd

  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (Streaming Every Sunday)– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Tuesday, March 5th

  • Disney’s Christopher Robin

Wednesday, March 6th

  • Secret City: Under the Eagle: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Thursday, March 7th

  • Doubt
  • The Order– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Friday, March 8th

  • After Life– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Bangkok Love Stories: Hey You!– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Bangkok Love Stories: Innocence– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Hunter X Hunter (2011): Seasons 1-3
  • Immortals– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Juanita– NETFLIX FILM
  • Lady J (FR)– NETFLIX FILM
  • Shadow– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Walk. Ride. Rodeo.– NETFLIX FILM
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