OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not support streaming HD video from several popular apps

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not support streaming HD video from several popular apps
Here's some bad news for those of you with the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T. According to a OnePlus forum member with the handle of whatthefunk, neither the OnePlus 5 nor the OnePlus 5T have the necessary Widevine Level 1 Certification required to stream certain DRM protected content in HD. Streaming apps that would be affected by this include Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Video. YouTube can stream in HD on both handsets. Both phones currently carry support for Widevine Level 3.

Being unable to stream videos in HD from popular video apps is certainly not what consumers would expect from a device that features flagship level specs such as a 6-inch AMOLED display (with an aspect ratio of 18:9), the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. This issue has nothing to do with the specs of each model. Both devices certainly have the capability to provide users with streaming video in HD.

A OnePlus spokesman says that a future update will add the necessary Widevine Level 1 certification to the OnePlus 5T, which means that users will be able to enjoy watching the sequel to 13 Reasons Why in HD, assuming the update is disseminated in time. The company spokesman gave no information on when the update will be arriving. Nor did he explain why both models launched without support for Level 1 certification. If we hear anything from OnePlus, we will let you know.

source: OnePlus via TheVerge

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Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

OnePlus is a shady company. Hopefully Sony comes back slicing them in half with a Japanese katana blade.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Sony is in a whole different price point

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 590; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Who would even buy Sony phones with 2300mah battery and a mediatek processor

13. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

2300 mAh 2013 (Xperia Z) - 47 hours 2300 mAh 2015 (Xperia M4 Aqua) - 84 hours 2300 mAh 2016 (Xperia XA) - 54 hours 2300 mAh 2017 (Xperia XA1) - 72 hours 2300mAh may not sound much but it definitely tells when Sony is on their mojo. And about mediatek processors, it offers decent performance for the price point. (Redmi Note 4 has the Helio X20 for $200 and it offers near flagship performance) and unless you're a custom rom user, you would barely care if it's MT or not.

6. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Z3 Z3 mini were the last notable Sony Devices..

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The current mini is actually better than the Z3 and has amazing battery life, pretty much the only phone worth buying from Sony at the moment.

15. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Well the Z3 compact still has EXCELLENT battery life soooo....

8. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013


12. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

the hopeless Sony competing with mighty OP? you must be fun at parties holding katana props.

3. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

What the Funk ? :P I liked his name

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yet another of many reasons why I say you're paying less to get less comparing the Note 8 to the OnePlus 5/5T. Either way, no big loss here, Netflix still works fine and ain't pixelated on such small screen...still an awesome device I'd easily recommend to ANYONE, mum's enjoying her OnePlus 5 with no problems.

9. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Who needs Netflix when you have ThePirateBay

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Does this mean HD content won't play but FHD content will play? Or are both considered part of the level 1 cert and you're stuck with SD?

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Looked it up and it's SD only. Seems a lot of Chinese brands (like ZTE) don't support level 1 (HD) content.

14. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Noticed this when previewing an episode of The Grand Tour, expecting it to change to HD but it never did. Seems like something pretty obvious which you can't cheap out on, if they think this is acceptable you have to wonder what else they've done to cut costs.

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