Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

The OnePlus 5T can't stream HD video from Netflix, Amazon Prime, others

OnePlus 5T can't stream content from Netflix in HD – yet OnePlus 5T can't stream HD content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
Kenneth Drake | 12 December, 2017, 19:08

Yes, you read that right: according to a post on XDA, the 5T (and all OnePlus phones) can't stream Netflix, or Amazon Prime Video and Google Play Movies, in HD.

Certification for L1 level also requires implementation of more stringent security for proper control and processing of the content.

The OnePlus 5T supports the level 3 Widevine certification only, as opposed to level 1, which is required for protected HD content. Widevine Level 3 only covers standard definition streams.

"I would like to know why a £500 phone is not capable of fully utilising these very popular services and if there are any plans to rectify this clearly ridiculous issue", wrote OnePlus forum user whatthefunk.

As far as technical specifications are concerned, it's evident that the OnePlus 5T should be powerful enough to support video streaming in higher than SD quality, as the device is backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Not only the newer OnePlus 5T but the now discontinued OnePlus 5 is also plagued with the same issue.

The OnePlus 5T features a longer display.


One of the benefits of having a high definition smartphone display is the variety of different platforms out there that support streaming HD content.

A company spokesperson says that a future update for the 5T will enable Widevine Level 1, but did not elaborate on why it was omitted from the start.

But, as reported by both The Verge and Android Police OnePlus has promised that it will be adding support for HD for the two new devices soon.

What's stranger is the fact that the OnePlus 5 has been around for such a long time and the issue never came out.

At any rate, users will just have to wait for the fix to launch before they can enjoy Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Play Movies in higher resolutions.

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