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

OnePlus 5T is unable to stream HD content

As per a member of the OnePlus forum whatthefunk via TheVerge, both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not have the Widevine Level 1 Certification that is mandatory to stream specific DRM protected content in HD. However, YouTube can stream videos in HD on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. First, the fact that OnePlus opted out of supporting Widevine Level 1 DRM to begin with is a unusual move, considering that should basically be the default option right out of the gate, especially for phones that offer displays that can support content at that resolution.

Naturally, owners took things to the official OnePlus forums to spread the word.

The 5T is now certified for the L3 security level of Google's Widevine DRM regulation which blocks playing back content in high definition. Both phones now carry support for Widevine Level 3 for upto standard definition support.

To be completely honest, we can't fathom why the feature was omitted from the start. To stream in HD, it needs to have Widevine Level 1, which most flagships have on. According to The Verge, a representative of OnePlus says this issue will be fixed in a future software update. Not only the display, even the hardware of the base model with 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 835 is more than capable of streaming HD videos. Thankfully, a different user ran a DRM test on the OnePlus 5T, wherein he discovered that the handset only supports Widevine Level 3 that makes it incapable of streaming videos from services that are above the standard quality.

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The spokesperson did not provide a time frame that when the update will be released to users.

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

Although OnePlus 5T is capable of playing most of the high-resolution videos, it doesn't support HD streaming on popular services.

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