Netflix has rolled out an update that makes its content look even greater on iPhone 8, iPhone X, and iPad Pro.
The app now serves up HDR (high dynamic range) video where available — but only if you have a premium subscription.
You’ve probably heard a lot about HDR since Apple unveiled its newest iPhones. But if you’re unfamiliar with the term, here’s what it means in a nutshell: HDR provides you with significantly better video by greatly increasing contrast.
It works by combining under- and over-exposed images — just like the HDR photos you take on your iPhone — so that blacks are darker and whites are brighter. It’s a spectacular difference that you can only really appreciate when you see it on a compatible device.
And if you have an iPhone 8 or a 2017 iPad Pro, you already have a compatible device. Simply update to the latest version of the Netflix app, which is available now from the App Store, and look for movies and TV shows that are available in HDR.
The same feature will also be available on iPhone X when that makes its debut in November. But there’s one thing you should bear in mind: You need a Netflix Premium subscription to enjoy HDR, so you won’t see it on the basic plan.