Netflix brings HDR streaming to the LG G6, here's how to get it (S8 needn't apply yet)


In case you have scooped up one of those seasonal flagships everyone is talking about - the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6 - you will be delighted to learn that their Mobile HDR Premium and Full Vision displays, respectively, can potentially take advantage of those Netflix series shot in HDR10 or Dolby Vision formats. That's right, we barely reported that Netflix has listed its first phone certified for HDR streaming - the LG G6 - and the promised 5.0 app version that brings in the wide color goods to its screen, is already rolling out.

The fun part is that Netflix has also pushed it for Galaxy S8 owners, and some of them are seeing the HDR sign next to movies and TV series, even though their device is not yet listed as approved. In fact, that seems to be an omission by Netflix itself, as they have commented on the matter with the following: "This [the HDR badging appearing in the Netflix app on Galaxy S8] is indeed an issue on our side which we are actively working on fixing. While the HDR badge shows in the UI for the S8, the device does NOT stream HDR content."

Bummer, but if you happen to have the more expensive Netflix subscription that supports 4 screens and HDR streaming, you can at least take advantage of the enhanced color palette on the G6 by updating to the latest Netflix version from the Play Store. If the update still hasn't reached your Dolby Vision-certified phone, then just sideload the Netflix 5.0 APK (link below), and log in with the respective account that has UHD streaming subscription. Now, go to a show like Daredevil or Girlboss, and soak in the little HDR icon next to it before you hit Play. The new House of Cards season is coming in two weeks, too, so Netflix has just the timing. 

Download Netflix 5.0.1 here (APKMirror)


Here are most of the shows you can watch in HDR or Dolby Vision (where marked) on Netflix (a personal favorite - Marco Polo looks gorgeous in DV):

- Iron Fist
- Samurai Gourmet
- Cosmis Laundromat
- Chefs Table Season 3 only
- Abstract
- Sparks (3 minute demo)
- Santa Claira Diet
- Luke Cage
- Knights of Sidonia 2 seasons ANIME
- Jessica Jones
- DareDevil season 1&2
- The OA
- Meridian
- Hibana Spark
- Chefs Table France
- Marco Polo season 1 DV/HDR10
- The Do-Over HDR10 and DV
- The Ridiculous 6 DV/hdr10
- Marco Polo season 2 DV/hdr10
- Marco Polo: one hundred eyes dv/hdr10


source: Forbes & TheVerge

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  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
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  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)
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22 Comments

1. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Showbox needs this

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

BTW S8 users dont panic The G6 was released almost a month before the S8 So no surprise in some cases the G6 will currently have slightly better support while people are updating their stuff for the S8 If you want to blame anyone, blame Samsung for not working with Netflix before release (Samsung worked with Amazon Video instead)

2. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Phonearena, you should activate imojis in comments. Thank you.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

(ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Emojis give cancer.

3. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

No S8 support? Does Netflix NOT realize there will be far far more S8s in the wild than G6s. They should've waited to support both phones with HDR before making this announcement.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Really? How did you figure that out so soon? Or is it just your blind fanboy mind talking...lol This time there will be more G6 phones around than S8.

7. nikhil23

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I doubt that. LG makes great phones but their software is s**tty. Samsung and LG both started with making great hardware and s**tty software. Samsung fine tuned its SW and the new Samsung UI is very good (Some say that it's the most beautiful UI on a phone. ref: the verge). LG still has to come up with a good UI. Other than that, they made a very good device. I was a little disappointed in S8 getting lot of attention than G6 simply because S8 was more beautiful. A gadget shouldn't be judged solely on it's looks but rather on what it's offering.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. But in fairness the S8 does offer more vs the S6. With the S8 using Qualcomm's latest chipsets and modems, while the G6 is using last years 821 which was in the S7, then you can expect LG won't get much play. I dont think its he outside that is the big deal. its more the LG is toting older hardware and really just doesn't match the S8 in anything. LG has already had a price drop, which I think it cost to much anyway using last years hardware. I think an S7 edge for $480 is a better buy than the G6 at $600, before its price drop.

11. nikhil23

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I kind of don't worry much about performance. I'm not a benchmark freak. But I like dual cam on G6 (for optical zoom). Actually you're right. G6 doesn't have anything much over S8. either way, people have their own preferences. As for me, I chose S8+ midnight black. Screen on this phone is a killer

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

S6 should be G6

5. nikhil23

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Unfortunately netflix said HDR for s8 is still in works and might be pushed out later. This might be due to the fact that S8 is certified by UHD alliance with HDR10 while LG G6 has dolby vision although both devices are HDR mobile premium certified. Difference between HDR10 and Dolby vision is very minimal. HDR 10 is adopted industry standard used by many big players like Samsung, LG , Sony in their TVS. Dolby vision is not industry standard yet but is slightly superior technology of both. What it means for user ? HDR10 supports upto 4000 nits peak brightness with current peak set to 1000 nits while Dolby vision supports upto 10000 nits peak brightness with current peak set to 4000 nits. They both display in the same color space but dolby vision has 12 bit color depth while HDR has 10. Although best tvs tend to reach max of 4000 nits brightness for now and this might change in future. In short, if you are using mobile with peak brightness that doesn't go over 1000 nits, you get a very similar/same picture quality in both cases.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Very informative. This is the kind of info PA should be providing, if they were actually a tech site vs an Apple butt kisser!

10. nikhil23

Posts: 445; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

I had to read a lot about HDR and it's formats while I was buying a new TV. I chose Samsung KS8000 and it's one of the best decision I made. That TV has HDR10 and playing Horizion Zero Dawn on that tv was a amazing.

19. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Same, had to do some research for our last purchase. The Samsungs were coming highly recommended, but I wanted to go with a FALD. The KS9500 series was too expensive. We ended up going with the Sony 940D, which I do not at all regret. BTW one of the best movies to see all your HDR goodness -- Life of Pi!

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wrong person

23. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

You're right, and I have no idea why. It even says "in response to #10" for me.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I actually meant I replied to the wrong person haha But yea PA's comment system is f**ked

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You don't read very well do you? It does have S8 support, but there is a problem on their end they need to fix. Reading is fundamental, but comprehending what is read is without question, very much needed. All you did was read the title, which of course because its Samsung, the PA hatred is always in full force. At least It is supported by the OEM...How about iPhone's need not apply...lol

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Will it support the 4K resolution in the XZ Premium? Combined with HDR content this is a major go.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Netflix has a limited list of 4K movies period, which sucks. I upgrade to a 4K TV from FHD, because I wanted to watch 4K movies. Netflix only has a few TV series that are in 4K and a few dramas, but no movies from the box office as of yet.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, should be fixed by the time the Note 8 lands...

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