Netflix HDR Windows 10 streaming support goes live

Though connecting a PC to a TV to stream your favorite Netflix shows isn't as popular as it once was, many still watch shows on their Windows 10 device. Assuming that device has a display that supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), you'll now be able to watch Netflix's HDR content with it. The company announced Windows 10 HDR support today, saying it is available in both the app and Microsoft's browser.

Not all Netflix content is available in HDR, but a growing portion of the library is. High Dynamic Range content is dependent on a display that supports it, and thankfully those displays have become more common on the consumer level. Many TVs and computer monitors support HDR standards, as do some of the newest top tier phones, such as the iPhone X and Note 8.

As far as Windows 10 is concerned, you can now use it to stream HDR content using the official Netflix for Windows app or the Microsoft Edge browser. Netflix says you will also need to subscribe to its premium plan; basic tier users don't have access to 4K/HDR videos.

In addition to a display that supports HDR, Windows 10 users will need to use a PC (or tablet, etc) that has at minimum a 7th-generation Intel Core processor, whether that's the i3 or up to the i7 doesn't matter. If you're using an integrated Intel GPU, you'll need to be using graphic driver 22.xx.xx series version 4708 or greater.

If you're an NVIDIA GPU user, you'll need at least the 1050 card with 3GB of RAM (or more), plus graphics driver 387.63 ( or higher. All Windows 10 users will need to have the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version 1703 installed to get the support, as well.

SOURCE: Medium