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

OnePlus 5T Review

The OnePlus 5T smartphone cannot stream content from the popular video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies and more in high definition (HD). OnePlus 5T doesn't have the required certifications for HD streaming and the smartphone maker is at fault in this case. Netflix and many other streaming services require support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, in which all content processing, cryptography, and control is performed in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).

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The issue, which was first revealed on the company forum and spotted by The Verge, is apparently also present in the OnePlus 5 phone, which is nearing its end of life. The OnePlus 5T certainly lacks it but does come with Widevine Level 3 certification that allows SD content to be streamed. "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. That obviously includes streaming local and online content at the highest available quality, which can be pretty high with the existence of Ultra HD-supporting Netflix subscription tiers and constantly improving flagship phone screen resolution. OnePlus 5T now supports Widevine Level 3, which supports only standard definition streams. So, it promised to bring Widevine Level 1 support for OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 in the future update. It is unimaginable for a flagship phone to lack such a feature, which is taken for granted.

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Scrolling though the post, it appears they are not the only one experiencing SD video streaming, with OnePlus 5 owners also reporting the same issue. Considering Netflix and Amazon Video are popular streaming services, and users prefer watching videos in high-definition, not having level 1 DRM is a major drawback of OnePlus smartphones.

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The sole objective 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.

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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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