vacancies advertise contact news tip The Vault
Countdown to 2019 and win big with the HEXUS Epic Giveaway [x]
facebook rss twitter

Razer Phone to support Netflix HDR and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

by Mark Tyson on 12 January 2018, 15:01

Tags: Razer, Netflix

Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qadptm

Add to My Vault: x

Razer has written to HEXUS about an attractive new feature that will arrive shortly for Razer Phone owners. It has been announced that Netflix will be supported with both HDR video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 sound on the Razer Phone. Razer is rather proud of this achievement which it says provides "an unmatched mobile theatre experience," and is an industry first.

"We engineered the Razer Phone to handle HDR video and sound like no other phone on the market," said 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."

To benefit from the HDR visuals and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio in Netflix, Razer Phone users will have to wait until for an OTA update later this January. The update will deliver a new Netflix app and a home screen widget for easy access, as well as firmware improvements targetting screen and sound output. All new Razer Phones from later this month will come with the update pre-loaded.

Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 support is said to be a first for a mobile phone, and is usually "reserved for high-end entertainment systems and PCs," says Razer. 5.1 audio exploits five full-bandwidth channels and one low-frequency effects channel and is the standard surround sound audio component of digital broadcast and music.

Content coming to Netflix to take advantage of the audio visual fidelity on offer includes; titles such as Bright, Stranger Things 2, and the entire Marvel series. Here in the UK, Three mobile highlights that Razer Phone users on its network can watch Netflix without impacting data allowances thanks to the Go Binge streaming bonus provided to Advanced Plan and pay monthly broadband subscribers.



HEXUS Forums :: 8 Comments

Login with Forum Account

Don't have an account? Register today!
Seems a little bit pointless unless it's also supported on a HDMI out (via adaptor I'd guess) - certainly pointless when viewing netflix on a mobile phone screen..and to be honest even if its supported on the HDMI out, if you have a screen & setup suitable for showing such content (i.e. 50"+ 4K HDR TV & 5.1 surround system) you are very likely to have netflix built in anyway making the phone pointless…

Still, makes for a good marketing message thats sounds great until you think about it :)
Spud1
Seems a little bit pointless unless it's also supported on a HDMI out (via adaptor I'd guess) - certainly pointless when viewing netflix on a mobile phone screen..and to be honest even if its supported on the HDMI out, if you have a screen & setup suitable for showing such content (i.e. 50"+ 4K HDR TV & 5.1 surround system) you are very likely to have netflix built in anyway making the phone pointless…

Still, makes for a good marketing message thats sounds great until you think about it :)

I've got one of those cheapo VR things that you stick your phone in. It's not bad and I do wonder what a decent one would be like with the necessary resolution and HDR, etc.

Whilst I'm not a fan of watching proper videos in squint o'vision, I think there may be a use here if it's done right.
Three mobile highlights that Razer Phone users on its network can watch Netflix without impacting data allowances thanks to the Go Binge streaming bonus provided to Advanced Plan and pay monthly broadband subscribers.

Or you could just pre-load what you want to watch on the go, you don't need Three or an advanced plan for that, just wifi at home.
Iota
Three mobile highlights that Razer Phone users on its network can watch Netflix without impacting data allowances thanks to the Go Binge streaming bonus provided to Advanced Plan and pay monthly broadband subscribers.
…in standard definition only… which is what, 480p at best?

i like how they “forget” to say that in the PR blurb

also, i'm paying 13£/m for 12GB and advanced plan with them and i don't get go binge, when called up to ask why i got no such feature despite them advertising that for all new contracts its on, their response was “you need to pay 5£/month more to get go binge” :laugh: I just hung up…
Spud1
Seems a little bit pointless unless it's also supported on a HDMI out (via adaptor I'd guess) - certainly pointless when viewing netflix on a mobile phone screen..and to be honest even if its supported on the HDMI out, if you have a screen & setup suitable for showing such content (i.e. 50"+ 4K HDR TV & 5.1 surround system) you are very likely to have netflix built in anyway making the phone pointless…

Still, makes for a good marketing message thats sounds great until you think about it :)

I think you'd be surprised by just how many people are willing to lie there in bed watching a film on their phone with a hangover on a Sunday…