It’s Christmas season and Netflix has a gift for the Windows 10 users out there. The popular movie and TV show streaming company now supports HDR content on Windows 10 for both, standalone Netflix Windows 10 apps and Edge browser. If you’re a Netflix user who wants to unwrap this Christmas gift, you will need a supported personal computer and also a premium plan of Netflix.
You can now enjoy binge watching your favorite shows at a High Dynamic Range (HDR). Users don’t have to pay extra to access the HDR content. However, this doesn’t mean that HDR streaming is readily available for all. There are a few necessary requirements before you can watch your favourite movies and TV shows in all their HDR-enabled glory. So, without further ado, lets get specific about the specs!
- Intel’s 7th generation core: i3, i5, i7 – 7XXX or 7YXX or a higher chipset
- Graphic driver: 22.XX.XX series, version 4708 or higher (only in case of Intel’s integrated GPU)
- Nvidea GeForce GTX 1050, GeForce GTX 1060, GeForce GTX 1070, or GeForce GTX 1080
- At least 3GB or higher RAM with graphics driver: 387.68 (184.108.40.20668) or higher if the PC is running a discreet Nvidia GPU
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is required for viewing HDR content
- On the software front, Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) or higher is required. An HDR-capable display is also a requirement.
- Netflix claims to have over 200 hours of HDR content in its library, including ‘Chef’s Table’, the terrifying depths of the Upside Down in Stranger Things 2, and enjoy the upcoming Netflix film Bright starring Will Smith
- HDR capabilities are currently available on high-end TV models as well Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 among others and the market is expected to have more HDR enabled PC’s by 2018.
The Difference Between HDR and SDR Content
The major difference between High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) is the way it reproduces colors. DR, or Dynamic Range, is basically the ratio between the darkest and brightest part in a video played on any screen. As the name suggests, HDR enhances this dynamic range, resulting in richer colors and better contrast. It determines how bright the highlights and how dark the shadows in a video on a screen will look. This results in the visuals on an HDR-enabled screen being more vivid and vibrant.
Credits: The Atlantic
If you have a compatible PC and display, you should get started with Netflix HDR streaming as soon as possible.
Written by Mansi Gupta for TechieScoops.com