OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T cannot play HD content from major streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, according to the official OnePlus forum. The problem relates exclusively to the DRMs used by HD versions of these contents, which require the presence of Widevine Level 1 certification, while the two devices currently only integrate Widevine Level 3.
The lack of higher-level certification prevents smartphones from playing movies with higher resolutions than SD when streaming using a streaming service that requires tier 1. The OnePlus spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge that this support will be introduced with an upcoming software update, but the reason for the absence of it all this time remains a mystery. Other services such as YouTube, for example, do not require the same level of DRM and can play FullHD videos without problems.
Other OnePlus not supporting HD streaming
However, it seems that the last two tops in the range are not the only ones without this certification. Thanks to the use of DRM Info, an application you can find in the PlayStore, it has emerged that even the OnePlus 3T updated in Oreo – at this point it is likely to be the same in OnePlus 3 – does not include Widevine Level 1 certification, but only Level 3 certification.
Of course, this is not a hardware limitation, as OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, including OnePlus 3 and 3T, offer the power to playback even the highest resolution movies. All that remains is to wait for a software update to fill this important gap within the OnePlus multimedia capabilities arsenal.
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