OnePlus 5T Can't Stream HD Video In DRM Apps Like Netflix

The OnePlus 5T is unable to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video in HD

Here's why OnePlus 5, 5T series can't stream HD content from Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google Play Movies

I would like to know why a $500 phone is not capable of fully utilizing 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. The lack of support affects apps such as Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Video. This issue came to light when a user by the name of whatthefunk pointed it out on an OnePlus Forum. "I am massively surprised this has not been brought up in reviews/not had a bigger fuss made about as this is completely unacceptable for a brand that is now well established!" the thread starter writes. 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. With this display, if the consumers can not enjoy HD videos via specific apps, then it will definitely be a disappointment for many.

In case you haven't already noticed, the OnePlus 5, 5T, ZTE Axon 7 and Axon M are unable to play Netflix films and shows in HD. According to The Verge, a representative of OnePlus says this issue will be fixed in a future software update.

It seems really unusual that the phone that has the hardware to support it, did not provide required Widevine Level 1 DRM out of the box.

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For the record, the OnePlus 5T can stream in a higher resolution than SD on YouTube. The OnePlus 5T only supports the level 3 Widevine certification, as opposed to level 1, which is required for protected HD content.

Unfortunately this surprising limitation also affects its predecessor, the OnePlus 5.

While, people shared their disappointment over various forums, the good news is that the company is planning to release an update soon, offering a solution for it.

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