Windows 10 Users Can Now Stream Netflix in HDR
The video-streaming service on Wednesday announced it now supports HDR on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app that’s available from the Windows store.
Good news, Windows 10 users: with the correct hardware, you can now stream Netflix in HDR.
“With HDR enabled, fans can immerse themselves in the delicious colors of Chef’s Table, the terrifying depths of the Upside Down in Stranger Things 2, and enjoy the upcoming Netflix film Bright starring Will Smith,” Netflix wrote in a blog post. The service currently offers more than 200 hours of HDR content.
In order to stream HDR content on your Windows PC, you’ll need a Premium Netflix plan and certain hardware, namely an Intel 7th-generation or higher processor and a supported graphics card that is capable of 10 bits per channel color. For the full system requirements, head here.
“With this new hardware available in consumer PCs, Netflix and Microsoft partnered together to put the software pieces in place,” Netflix wrote. “Microsoft added the necessary OS and browser changes in their Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and our engineers integrated against those APIs to complete the video player work.”
Keep in mind that you’ll also need an HDR-compatible monitor to display this content, and those are pretty hard to come by and costly at the moment. Samsung’s huge CHG90 monitor supports HDR, but will set you back $1,000.
“In the PC world, it is still early days for premium video features like 4K and HDR,” Netflix acknowledged. “As engineers, we look forward to bringing these features and more to additional browser platforms.”