According to a new report from French tech publication, FrAndroid, the recently launched Redmi Note 8 Pro fails to stream HD content on Netflix and Prime Video. And you’ve guessed it right, the main culprit behind the issue is the Widevine L1 certification.
As you might know, paid video streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video require Widevine L3 certification from Google to play SD content on Android devices. And if you want to watch HD content in these video streaming services, you need Widevine L1 certification from Google.
While various tests show that the Redmi Note 8 Pro has Widevine L1 certification, Netflix and Prime Video still recognize the device to have Widevine L3 certification, which is why they don’t offer an option on the device to stream HD videos.
The report from FrAndroid says that MyCanal, which is also a video streaming service, recognizes the Redmi Note 8 Pro to have Widevine L1 certification, and it streams HD videos on the device without any problem. And it further confirms that Redmi Note 8 Pro indeed has Widevine L1 certification.
Now, the reason behind Netflix and Prime Video recognizing the Redmi Note 8 Pro to have Widevine L3 certification is unknown at the moment. It is most probably a software glitch. If so, the issue can be solved through a software update.
Currently, we don’t know if this issue is limited to French devices, or all the Redmi Note 8 Pro handsets are flawed with the issue. According to the report, FrAndroid has asked for a comment to Xiaomi, Netflix, and Prime Video, but they are yet to receive a reply.
Speaking of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the device has gone on sale in India yesterday alongside the Redmi Note 8. Going by the specifications, the Redmi Note 8 Pro beats every other device in the price segment in terms of features. The 6GB + 64GB variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro costs INR 14,999, the 6GB + 128GB variant costs INR 15,999, and the 8GB + 128GB variant costs INR 17,999.