Netflix quietly rolls out HDR video streaming support for Galaxy Note 8

As spotted by SamMobile, Netflix has added the Galaxy Note 8 to its list of HDR-supported devices, which should make the format relevant to a much bigger audience when the phone is released on September 15th. The Note 8 will be the fourth phone to support Netflix HDR video playback, joining the LG V30, and Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium. Only Netflix subscribers with the top-tier 4k streaming plan will be able to watch HDR video on their phones.

HDR offers better contrast ratios and color accuracy for video, but the market is currently a mess of competing standards. There are now five major HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, and a format Samsung has been working with Amazon called HDR10+. Samsung started supporting HDR content on devices last year, and currently the Note 7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Note 8 all have HDR-capable displays.


Not sure which HDR standard the iPad Pro 10.5 uses but I hope they’ll support HDR in the app in future.

Would’ve thought the iPad would be first device to get this

As did I. They might have had to wait until iOS11 and native HEVC support. I hope so.

Why? I’d have expected the Galaxy S8…that’s sold way more than that iPad.
Not sure how the Note 8 gets it and it isn’t available on the S8.

Do people really use their phones as a primary long form video viewing device? I consider tablets to be the best besides the highest end TVs and don’t watch feature length videos on my phone

Well the black levels on ios devices can’t touch the samsung since they have yet to switch to oled, and not sure if the peak brightness gets high enough to compensate for the differences.

No Apple hardware supports HDR currently.

Both new iPad pros support HDR, just no support yet, but I’m holding out for iOS 11 for it to be flicked on

The Tab S3 is also HDR capable, and Netflix it yet to be compatible.

Hmm, I knew of HLG, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+. What’s the fifth?

Technicolor HDR.

I don’t get it though. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have essentially the same hardware and display tech as the note 8, but they’re still not on the list. Either it’s software related, in which case it will be coming soon to the S8, or I’m missing something here.

The Note 8 has a brighter screen at ~1200 nits. The S8 has better brightness than the G6 though, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

Holy crap! 1200 nits!! Where are those eclipse glasses i bought?…

It’s all nice and good if you’re on WiFi, but this is pointless when your stream is limited to 480p on most "unlimited" plans.

Luckily there’s a whole world outside of America

Does HDR really make much of a difference on a small screen? I guess the point of HDR is to make more details visible in a wider range of luminosity, but how much does that matter on a phone when you can hardly perceive the details anyway? Or at least getting an ideal viewing situation on a phone seems like it would be kind of convoluted.

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