Whether you’re getting lost in the zombie apocalypse in #Alive or catching up on the latest Abang Action films like Project Power, a few minor checks and tweaks can go a long way to make sure you are getting the full immersive Netflix experience – regardless if you’re on your mobile, tablet or TV.
Get the ultimate Netflix viewing experience yang power in the comfort of your home with these 7 simple steps!
1. ADJUST PLAYBACK SETTINGS
What makes action films like The Old Guard and Extraction so immersive is that they are shot in 4K video, Dolby Atmos sound, and Dolby Vision HDR. The non-jargon version of that basically means amazing video and audio quality, so you are blown away by the VFX, and can hear every gunshot, or the clink of bullet shells hitting the floor.
You can only get this when your data usage is optimised for HD/Ultra HD. Go to Account settings, hit the drop down on your Profile and hit Change on Playback settings. Make sure the “data usage per screen” on your Profile is set to High (this gives you HD/Ultra HD quality).
2. USING NETFLIX IN YOUR PREFERRED LANGUAGE
Enjoy the complete Netflix experience in Bahasa Melayu, English, Mandarin or Hindi – from sign-up to search, rows, collections and payment, available across all devices on your desktop, TV and mobile browsers.
Sign into your Netflix account on Netflix.com from your web browser on your mobile device. Select your profile and choose Manage profiles. Click on the Language drop down menu and select the language of your choice.
3. OPTIMISE YOUR PLAN FOR 4K and Surround Sound
So you got yourself a 4K TV, and a Dolby Atmos soundbar or a 5.1 speaker system. To make it worth your hardware, make sure you are on the Premium Netflix plan. Premium not only lets your family watch on 4 screens at a time, it is also the only plan that gives you Ultra HD video and Dolby Atmos sound. To check what plan you’re on, just go to Account and look for Plan Details. To change, select Change Plan.
4. CHECK YOUR INTERNET SPEED (FROM NETFLIX)
To get 4K/Ultra HD, your broadband connection must be able to support it. Fear not though. All you need is 25mbps or above. Most home internet connections provide this. To be sure, do a quick realtime check here. Or: You can do a speed test straight from your Netflix mobile app, by going to More>App Settings and clicking on Internet Speed Test.
5. FINDING MORE TITLES IN 4K/ATMOS/HDR
Can’t get enough of stunning visuals and sound, and just looking for more films or series that will blow you away? Let search be your best friend. Just search for “Atmos”, “4K” or “HDR” in your search bar, and Netflix will filter out a list of titles that are a visual and audio spectacle. You’re welcome!
6. USING MOBILE DATA
Somehow, the Wi-Fi is down. Or it’s just your service provider. Mobile data is getting cheaper, and streaming on Netflix is increasingly efficient. For these high-action, high-VFX movies, though, you will want to set mobile data usage to Maximum from your App Settings.
7. WATCHING HD/HDR ON PHONE
Aren’t HD and HDR the same thing? Not really. 4K or HD is about the pixel density. In other words, they give you sharper, more detailed images. HDR or Dolby Vision is the colour and dynamic range of the images, so that your screen has more realistic light and colour. Phone screens are getting increasingly sophisticated. Most new iOS devices are capable of streaming in HD and HDR. As are select Android devices.