OnePlus 5T is Unable to Support HD Streaming from Popular Apps

OnePlus 5T is Unable to Support HD Streaming from Popular Apps

It has been recently discovered that the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T are unable to stream HD content from a variety of different services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, 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. However, YouTube can stream videos in HD on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.

The OnePlus 5T supports the level 3 Widevine certification only, as opposed to level 1, which is required for protected HD content. Widevine Level 3 only covers standard definition streams. This was noted by a OnePlus 5T user in a thread on the OnePlus forums.

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The sole goal of launching the OnePlus 5T while its predecessor was barely five months old is to give the consumers a flagship level smartphone with a 6-inch AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. A company spokesperson confirmed the feature was skipped from the start on these devices but didn't elaborate the "why" part. Other similarly priced devices, such as the ZTE Axon 7, also lack Widevine support beyond level 3. OnePlus 5T now supports Widevine Level 3, which supports only standard definition streams.

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.

According to Android Authority, the limitation is also noticed on the OnePlus 5.

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To put two and two together, the specs indicate that the smartphone is more than capable of streaming in HD, or in other words, hardware isn't an issue here.

OnePlus 5 and the successor device - OnePlus 5T can't stream content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play Movies, and other video services in high-definition now, but the company has promised to bring the support to both the phones very soon.

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