Netflix begins HDR streaming in the UK, Sony 4K TVs first to get high brightness upgrade

posted on Tuesday, 12th April 2016 by Steve May

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Netflix is now streaming HDR content to select UK TV screens. This morning, Sony Android 4K models received an update which enabled the service.

The update reportedly landed on a range of 2015 models in the UK and Europe, specifically the X85C, S85C, X90C, X93C and X94C, as well as incoming 2016 SD85, XD85, XD93 and XD94 screens. We undertook the update on a 55-inch XD93, and found that Marco Polo, the first show Netflix is streaming in HDR, was indeed live. Interestingly, Netflix is dropping it’s Ultra HD 4K labeling for HDR shows, replacing them with a single HDR badge.

When Sony TV owners opt to watch the programme, the TV automatically jumps to its HDR Video default setting, compatible with the HDR10 stream from Netflix. Stop the show and return to the main Netflix menu and the screen falls back to its previous non-HDR setting. This results in a very noticeable jump up and down in backlight brightness.

A Netflix spokesperson told Inside CI: “We are serving up both Dolby Vision and HDR10 streams to any supported TVs that are available in in any of the 190 countries Netflix is available in,” so expect other updates to follow swiftly on compatible TVs from different brands.

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Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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