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Netflix brings HDR support to Windows 10

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Netflix has announced on its blog that Windows 10 support is here, but you need the Fall Creators Update, an Intel 7th-gen processor or better and the right graphics card.

If you use Netflix via the Edge browser or the Netflix app on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now enjoy High Dynamic Range support.

If you're suitably equipped or upgrade to a new PC when next you need to, then HDR support will be yours.

Netflix's blog post notes its thrill "to announce the addition of HDR support on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app", and says that "with this update, Netflix members who have a supported device and a premium plan can enjoy amazing Netflix movies and shows in HDR".

Whether this means you need a computer monitor or HDR-capable TV screen isn't clear, although given the fact it is for set-top boxes and Blu-ray players that support HDR, you'd imagine this is the case for HDR via a Windows 10 PC, too.

Netflix says: "With HDR enabled, fans can immerse themselves in the delicious colours of Chef’s Table, the terrifying depths of the Upside Down in Stranger Things 2, and enjoy the upcoming Netflix film Bright starring Will Smith."

We're also promised that "this is just the beginning", with "over 200 hours of HDR entertainment" available today, "and in 2018 even more HDR PCs will enter the market and support the growing number of Netflix originals".

The company say the feature "is the culmination of a multi-year collaboration between Netflix and a number of industry partners. Intel’s 7th generation and higher CPUs provide that capability needed to play the Netflix HDR10 encodes".

"In addition, both Intel and Nvidia developed GPUs that use 10 bits-per-channel for each of the RGB colours, increasing the colour space that can be represented.

"With this new hardware available in consumer PCs, Netflix and Microsoft partnered together to put the software pieces in place.

"Microsoft added the necessary OS and browser changes in their Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and our engineers integrated against those APIs to complete the video player work."

Netflix has more information at its Help Centre "to learn what you need to start streaming Netflix in HDR today".

In the HDR section of that help centre, it states: "You can stream Netflix in HDR on your Windows computer in the Microsoft Edge browser or the Netflix app available from the Windows store."

To stream in HDR content on your Windows PC, your system must meet or exceed the following requirements:

If using integrated Intel GPU:

  • Windows 10 Creators Update is required (version 1703).
  • CPU: 7th Generation Core (i3, i5, or i7 7xxx or 7Yxx) or higher processor.
  • Graphics Driver: 22.XX.XX series, version 4708 or higher.
  • Note: Devices must be enabled for HDR by the manufacturer.

If using discrete NVIDIA GPU:

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is required (version 1703).
  • GPU: 1050, 1060, 1070, and 1080 cards with at least 3GB of video RAM.
  • Graphics Driver: 387.68 (23.21.13.8768) or higher.

The company says: "In the PC world, it is still early days for premium video features like 4K and HDR. As engineers, we look forward to bringing these features and more to additional browser platforms," and says if you're keen, you can apply to work at Netflix.

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