Netflix: sorry, our UHD streams don't support the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 HDR displays for now

Netflix: sorry, our UHD streams don't support the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 HDR displays for now

As you can see in our chat with Netflix reps below, only devices that are certified as being able to display its streaming UHD content can show it in its full glory. Both the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 aren't among those just yet, despite being tagged with "Mobile HDR Premium" and "Dolby Vision" displays, respectively. Thankfully, Netflix is said to be working on mobile-first streaming, so we hope that these two flagships' HDR abilities will be in the mix, along with more coming down the pipe, like Sony's Xperia XZ Premium, which actually has a 4K display, and is HDR compliant as well.

Netflix: sorry, our UHD streams don't support the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 HDR displays for now

To be "Mobile HDR Premium"-certified, as the Galaxy S8 and S8+ displays are, you have to fit in certain criteria, some of which overlap with the Ultra HD certified 4K TVs. They have to at least be able to cover the DCI-P3 "wide color" gamut, and be able to reach 1000 nits of peak spot brightness for LCDs (less for OLED), while for UHD certification the panel, naturally, also has to be of 4K resolution. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ check the boxes when it comes to DCI-P3 gamut coverage, which is the one they reach in the display's Cinema Mode, and also their peak brightness can hit 1000 nits in certain limited conditions like high ambient lighting in auto brightness mode.

The story with the "Dolby Vision" LG G6 is a bit murkier, as that standard requires 12-bit, or 64 billion colors, instead of the HDR10's billion, and ten times the brightness. These requirements that Dolby put out, are just an ideal benchmark, it turns out, while for mobile displays it's enough that "all Dolby Vision devices look as close as possible to the reference," according to Dolby's VP of interactive imaging Taeho Oh.

Thus, both the HDR10 panel on the Galaxy S8, and the Dolby Vision screen on the LG G6, are making the standards a bit flexible, but in the end they are still able to show higher dynamic range picture than your average smartphone display. When it comes to actual HDR content apart from the preloaded test vids on the phones, however, things get murkier. There are titles - both movies and TV series - that you can stream from Netflix or Amazon that can be delivered in HDR10 or even Dolby Vision format, but will those be displayed as intended on the S8 or G6 displays, at least in terms of color depth? Nope, at least not for now, but you aren't missing on many right now, as these are all of 20 HDR or Dolby Vision shows you can currently stream on Netflix, for instance:

- 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

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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13 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

That the lesser non certified G6 can't do it isn't surprising, but disappointed that the S8 isn't supported despite being the only HDR Premium mobile device on the planet.

2. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

You don't need to be disappointed yet. They must work with the device hands on in order to ensure that they can deliver content on the said device. For mobile it's something new and they have to test it first. Hopefully, Samsung will engage all HDR premium content providers to include the S8 and S8+ compatibility.

3. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

" They have to at least be able to cover the DCI-P3 "wide color" gamut, and be able to reach 1000 nits of peak spot brightness," No, it's mostly about the dynamic range. If the minimum blacklevel is low enough (as it is for OLED), the maximum brightness has to exceed 550 nits, not 1000.http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/138387-mobile-hdr-dolby-vision-hdr10-and-mobile-hdr-premium-explained

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

They'll do it ASAP when Apple has a similar displays on their future iPhone of course. Lazy Netflix.

14. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

And Apple might never jump on 18:9, iPad had been 4:3 forever and no one care so she never join 16:9 Android tablet. Unless we as consumers craving for it like the big screen phablet trend.

5. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

My marvel shows up there..waiting for defenders, agents of shield is pretty good though

11. RajRicardo

Posts: 483; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Iron Fist sucks big time. Pathetic story line and they ripped off Arrow :/

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

agents of shield is my fav TV thats currently in season

6. btbotimtim

Posts: 271; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

does your internet speed support uhd streaming? when i tried to stream 4k youtube on my tv, it buffered frequently. by the way, my internet speed is up to 100mb.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"up to" lol...

9. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

4K STreaming is impossible with the norml Connection standard 4k need 200MB SPEED like DUBAI or You should work with CIA

10. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Netflix 4K streams require about 17Mb/s, leading to a recommended internet speed of at least 25 Mb/s. Mine is stable around 300 Mb/s, 1 Gb/s connections are becoming more and more available.

8. nh1402

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

So you ask about UHD HDR on phones that only support the latter, but you didn't ask about the phone that has both...

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