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Razer Phone first to deliver Netflix in HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

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Razer Phone HDR10-enabled display and dual Dolby-certified speakers provide an unmatched mobile theater experience

LAS VEGAS (CES 2018) – Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced that Netflix will be supported in HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 on the Razer Phone. The Razer Phone now stands as the first smartphone to support both premium audio and video formats for Netflix. Three customers that own a Razer Phone and have Go Binge can benefit from the freedom to infinitely stream Netflix* in high definition wherever and whenever they want.

“We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We are incredibly excited to deliver Netflix entertainment on a smartphone like never before, enabling us to take full measure of the Razer Phone’s HDR10-enabled display and dual-firing, front-facing Dolby-optimized speakers and THX-certified headphone connectivity.”

The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support on the Razer Phone is a first for Netflix on a mobile phone. The designation is typically reserved for high-end entertainment systems and PCs. 5.1 is the most commonly used layout in home cinema. It exploits five full-bandwidth channels (the “five”) and one low-frequency effects channel (the "point one"). 5.1 is also the standard surround sound audio component of digital broadcast and music.

“The Razer Phone brings an incredible Netflix viewing experience to the smartphone,” says Anthony Park, vice president of engineering at Netflix. “We look forward to delivering this experience to our members around the world so they can watch their favorite entertainment on the go in the best possible quality.”

Brendan Arndt, digital portfolio consultant at Three, said: “We are always looking for innovative products that incorporate progressive technology that enhances the customer experience. This nod from Netflix demonstrates its immersive capabilities as a handset and compliments our network capabilities and Go Binge offering, providing our customers with a handset they can use on the go, whenever and wherever they wish.”

Existing Razer Phone users will also benefit from the Netflix and Razer partnership with an over-the-air update later this month. This update will include the Netflix app and home screen widget for easy access, as well as firmware improvements to screen and sound to ensure a great Netflix experience. This update will come preloaded on all future Razer Phone releases.

Netflix members must be subscribed to the premium plan to watch in HDR, which includes titles like “Bright”, “Stranger Things 2” and the entire Marvel series.

Three is the exclusive UK and global network partner for the Razer Phone. Three UK customers can take advantage of the enhanced Netflix experience from the Razer Phone in conjunction with its Go Binge* offering. Go Binge is a service from Three UK which allows you to stream limitless amounts of the latest Netflix* content in high definition without it eating into your data allowance.

*Go Binge is available to new customers and upgrading customers on Contract Voice Advanced plans, SIM Only Advanced plans and Pay Monthly Broadband customers of 4GB and above. For more information about the device and Go Binge, please visit www.three.co.uk

*monthly Netflix subscription required 

RAZER PHONE AVAILABILITY IN EUROPE:

Three: United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Sweden

Amazon: Germany, France

Razerzone.com: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Finland

ABOUT RAZER:

Razer™ is the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.

The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services. 

Razer’s award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals, Blade gaming laptops and the acclaimed Razer Phone.

Razer’s software platform, with over 40 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).

Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world’s largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games. 

Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer has nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337).

ABOUT NETFLIX:

Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 140 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

ABOUT THREE UK:

Three UK is a communications company focused on making the industry better for everyone.

We want to give customers a quality, reliable experience and address the industry issues that frustrate them.

We continue to look at ways of improving the services we offer our customers.

Three UK carries 36% of the UK’s mobile data traffic. Our network covers 99% of the UK population.

Three UK is part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd group of companies which has mobile operations in 11 countries.

Three UK employs more than 4,600 people across its offices in Maidenhead, Glasgow and Reading and its 324 retail stores.