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Realme 6 series phones can now stream Netflix in HD but lockdown hinders streaming

Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro come with 90Hz display with a full-HD resolution.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | March 27, 2020 | Updated 14:44 IST

Highlights

  • Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro can now stream HD content on Netflix.
  • The smartphones were launched earlier this month with FHD displays.
  • However, streaming has been capped at 480p resolution.

Realme 6 Pro and Realme 6 now support HD streaming on Netflix. In a post on Twitter, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth announced that the new Realme 6 series phones are now capable of streaming Netflix content in true HD quality. This means that both Realme 6 Pro and Realme 6 have received the Widevine L1 certification that makes them DRM compliant to stream high-quality content. That being said, Realme has not confirmed whether the two phones will also be able to play 1080p content on Amazon Prime Video as well.

The ability to stream HD content on Netflix is rolling out via an OTA update to both Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro. "With the latest OTA updates, now you can make the most of your stay at home by enjoying Netflix in HD on #realme6 & #realme6Pro," Sheth wrote on Twitter. He also said that users can utilise their free time during the lockdown to stream high-quality content on their Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro. The Realme 6 Pro and Realme 6 have full-HD displays with an aspect ratio of 20:9.

While it is a welcome move for Realme 6 series users, it should also be noted that all the OTT platforms have been directed to downgrade streaming quality as the internet gets inevitably burdened with a massive surge in streaming traffic. Livemint has reported that OTT platforms, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, and event YouTube have resorted to lowering the resolution of content from High Definition to Standard Definition. The bitrate of streaming videos has to be capped at 480p on cellular networks, the report said.

Since people in most countries are locked down at their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, internet consumption has grown manifold. While the data for internet consumption is not available yet, major carrier Verizon in the US has reported that the web traffic was up by 22 per cent. The 'Work from Home' culture has immediately sprung up into the mainstream, requiring a huge portion of the internet to be directed towards related activities. The streaming hampers the bandwidth of the internet and has been, thereby, throttled.

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