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Netflix now supports HDR on Windows 10

Dec 22. 2017
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By The Nation

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Netflix announced Friday the addition of High Dynamic Range (HDR) support on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app.

Netflix members who have a supported device and a premium plan can now enjoy movies and shows in HDR.

That means more vibrant colours in “Chef’s Table”, more terrifying depths in the Upside Down in “Stranger Things 2”.

More than 200 hours of HDR entertainment is currently available and next year more HDR PCs will be on the market.

This feature is the culmination of a multi-year collaboration with industry partners.

Intel CPUs of seventh generation and up provide the capability to play Netflix HDR10 encodes. Both Intel and Nvidia developed GPUs that use 10 bits per channel for each of the RGB colours, increasing the colour space that can be represented.

With the new hardware available on consumer PCs, Netflix and Microsoft partnered to put the software pieces in place.

Microsoft added the necessary operating system and browser changes in its Windows 10 Autumn Creators Update, and Netflix engineers integrated the APIs to complete the video-player work.

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