Apple announced the Apple TV 4K along with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X and Apple Watch 3 on September 12. While the Apple TV can stream HDR videos from Netflix, the other iOS devices have received the HDR support now.
With the latest update of the Netflix app on iOS, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X and iPad Pro devices have also received the support for streaming HDR videos. The recent version of the app - Netflix version 9.37.0 has been optimized for the latest iteration of the operating system - iOS 11.
With the rollout of the HDR support, the users of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as well as the upcoming iPhone X will be able to watch content at a higher resolution and superior quality. Also, the second generation iPad Pro owners will experience a bump in the quality of the content. And, this is applicable for both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models of the iPad Pro.
HDR will expand the range of color and contrast in comparison to SD. Eventually, the brighter parts of an image will appear brighter and the darker areas will have more depth.
Only the Netflix users with the premium subscription will be able to access the HDR content. Netflix recommends that the internet connection speed is at least 25Mbps to stream 4K HDR videos. If there is no speed issue, HDR can be availed even at lower resolutions. Notably, the premium Netflix subscription costs Rs. 800 in India and offers support for up to four screens simultaneously.
If you don't remember, Netflix rolled out the support for HDR to the high-end and Android flagship smartphones such as Sony Xperia XZ Premium, LG G6, LG V30 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 earlier this month. Also, it was in June that the company added Dolby Atmos surround sound support to the app. And, in July, the company crossed 100 million subscribers.