Sony Xperia XZ Premium will now stream Netflix HDR

Nick Broughall 14 August 2017

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A new firmware update will enable HDR playback of your favourite Netflix show on the go.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is easily one of the best handsets of the year thanks to its gorgeous 4K screen, powerful processor and incredible slow-motion camera, but now you can add one more feature to its bag of tricks. Thanks to a new firmware update, the XZ Premium will be able to stream HDR Netflix content on the phone's display.

Netflix has been pushing HDR and Dolby Vision hard for its television apps, but in the mobile space, only the LG G6 has previously been enabled to take advantage of the larger colour gamut display. While that handset was Dolby Vision certified, the Xperia XZ Premium will only offer the base HDR standard.

In order to enjoy HDR streaming on your Xperia XZ Premium, there are a few requirements. First and foremost, you need to be subscribed to Netflix's top-tier 4-device plan.

Secondly, you need to set your streaming quality level to high. To make that work, Netflix recommends a broadband speed of 25Mbps, though HDR will also work on 1080p video streams that require a 5Mbps internet connection.

Be aware that upgrading the quality to high will use more of your data, which could use more of your mobile data allowance. To help minimise the impact, you could try Netflix's offline viewing mode, or switch mobile plans to an option that offers unmetered Netflix viewing.

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