Enhanced mobile viewing
Netflix now supports HDR on mobile.
During the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC), Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO of Netflix, took to the stage to announce several updates to the Netflix mobile app. One of the enhancements include reduced buffering time.
More important is the fact that you will soon be able to watch HDR content on supported smartphones, such as the LG G6, which supports both Dolby Vision and HDR 10 streams. Among the shows that can be viewed in HDR include Santa Clarita Diet, Chef's Table, The OA, and all of the Marvel series.
The question, of course, is if the amount of mobile data needed to stream video content will increase. According to Hastings, Netflix is investing in video codecs and encoders that minimize the amount of data needed to stream videos, without affecting the video quality in a drastic manner. Users can expect to stream up to 30 hours of Netflix with just 2GB of data.
In his words, Hastings explained: “We've invested in video codecs and video encoders so that at half a megabit (500kbps), you'll get incredible picture quality on a 4- to 5-inch screen. Now we're down – in some cases – to 300kbps. We're hoping that someday we're able to get an amazing picture with just 200kbps.”