The change comes even later for Pixel 5a owners, with that smartphone releasing six months ago in August 2021. It’s not clear why the latest Pixel phones – especially the Pixel 5a – took so long to be whitelisted by Netflix, but any issues appear to have been resolved.
This change won’t affect Netflix subscribers at the Basic level, though, as it only includes standard-definition content for $9.99 / £5.99 / AU$10.99 per month.
If you want to view HD content you’ll need to be a Standard subscriber ($15.49 / £8.99 / AU$16.99 per month) or have a Premium subscription ($19.99 / £13.99 / $22.99 per month).
Interestingly, even though the Premium tier includes access to UHD (or 4K) video, the newly whitelisted Pixel phones are incapable of showing it at its full resolution.
Despite this, the Pixel 6’s FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) and the Pixel 6 Pro’s QHD+ (3120 x 1440) displays could at least take advantage of the clarity brought by a downscaled 4K image compared to an upscaled HD one.