Netflix will soon support HDR video on smartphones, starting with the LG G6

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With smartphones moving towards higher resolution displayers, an increasing number of Netflix subscribers consume content on their mobile devices, rather than their television.

As part of his Mobile World Congress 2017 keynote address, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that Netflix will soon support HDR video streaming on smartphones, starting with the upcoming LG G6.

Netflix also plans to add video encoding designed specifically for mobile devices, allowing subscribers with slow internet connections to more easily watch content. Netflix says that the new encoding allows smartphone owners to stream 30 hours of Netflix per month with a data cap of just 2GB.

Furthermore, Netflix revealed that original content like House of Cards and Stranger Things, can be viewed with the G6’s unique 16:9 screen ratio.

It’s important to note that HDR content also requires higher data usage, which could be a problem for data strapped Canadian Netflix subscribers. The cost of Netflix’s higher tier 4K service is also slightly higher, coming in at $11.99 CAD.

It’s unclear how many future Android devices will feature HDR displays, but with the technology rising in popularity in the television space, it’s likely smartphones will quickly follow suit.

Source: Economic Times

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