En­hanced mo­bile view­ing

Net­flix now sup­ports HDR on mo­bile.

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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.”

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