Published: Tue, December 12, 2017
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

OnePlus 5T Can't Stream Netflix in HD, Fix Promised

OnePlus 5T Can't Stream Netflix in HD, Fix Promised

OnePlus 5T would support high definition (HD) streaming after users complained about lack of support on the OnePlus forum.

The top post on the forum notes, "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." .

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

What's perhaps even more surprising is that all OnePlus phones lack Widevine Level 1 DRM capabilities. However, in comparison, most flagship devices support Google's Widevine DRM at Level 1, which does allow for HD playback - but OnePlus 5T doesn't, despite its HD-capable display and powerful hardware. A company spokesperson confirmed the feature was skipped from the start on these devices but didn't elaborate the "why" part.

Fortunately for current or prospective owners of the OnePlus 5 and 5T handsets, the company said they are on the issue and the same will be fixed soon via a software update.

The OnePlus 5T is unable to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video in HD
OnePlus 5T can't stream content from Netflix in HD – yet

Prospective OnePlus 5T owner, who goes by the moniker "whatthefunk" has shed light on quite a serious defect found in both the OnePlus Android marquee phones.

A company spokesperson told Android Police that a future update will enable Widevine Level 1 on both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, which will enable HD playback from streaming services that are now blocked.

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

The sole objective of launching the OnePlus 5T while its predecessor was barely five months old is to give the consumers a flagship level smartphone with a 6-inch AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Being unable to stream videos in HD from popular video apps is certainly not what one would expect from the flagship killer.

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