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State of HDR/4K/offline for streaming Netflix/Hulu/Stadia/Prime/HBOMax/Plex/YouTube on Macbook

Browsers: Safari Technology Preview Release 137 (Safari 15.4, WebKit 17613.1.11.8) Safari 15.2 (17612.3.6.1.6) Chrome 97.0.4692.71 (Official Build) (arm64) Firefox 98.0a1 (2022-01-15) (64-bit)

Provider Max Resolution Offline Playback Speed
Netflix (Try Test Patterns, Netflix and Youtube are serious about quality and give users the power to know!) UHD 4K at 60fps in Dolby Vision HDR in Safari and Safari Technology Preview. Airplay-from-iOS is blocked by Netflix. No way to watch offline on MacOS. (Maybe Netflix Win10 app on Parallels? But that doesn’t do 1080p+ as Parallels doesn’t do HDCP2.2. That offline is limited to 720p SDR) Officially: 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.25x. More speeds possible with browser extension like Accelerate (sadly, not open source). VSC works tooopen source.
Amazon Prime Video 1080p, SDR in Safari. 720p in Prime Video app (iOS App port). SD (480p?) when doing Airplay-from-iOS. Prime Video app supports offline in 720p SDR. Accelerate (not open source) works in Safari. VSC works tooopen source. No controls in the app, sadly. 0.5-2x supported in Airplay-from-iOS.
Stadia 4k 60fps in Chrome. SDR only, no HDR for computers for some reason Not applicable Not applicable
Disney+ (Plus) UHD 4k, 1080p, HDR, (in Safari, Safari TP, Chrome, Airplay-from-iOS) No way to watch offline on MacOS Accelerate (not open source) works in Safari. 0.5-2x supported in Airplay-from-iOS. VSC works tooopen source.
Youtube (advanced affordance and power user controls) UHD 4k HDR 60fps in Safari and Chrome (VP9 HW decode). 8k60 not available in Safari; it stutters with lots of framedrops in Chrome; AV1 software decode. 8k 30fps HDR works smoothly. HDR10+ also supported (anyone know a good test video for this?). Firefox limited to 4k60 SDR only. Offline support in Chrome at max of 1080p 60fps HDR. For anything higher, YT-DLP works. 0.25-2x officially. Frame scrub with , and . keys. Accelerate (not open source) works well. VSC works tooopen source.
Hulu 720p SDR in Safari/Chrome. Maybe 1080p when doing Airplay-from-iOS. No way to watch offline on MacOS Accelerate (not open source) works. VSC works tooopen source. No official controls.
Peacock 720p (or lower) in Safari/Chrome. No way to watch offline on MacOS Accelerate (not open source) works. No official controls. VSC works tooopen source.
HBO Max 1080p SDR in Safari/Airplay-from-iOS. 720p offline in HBO Max app; iPadOS port, so can’t fullscreen videos interestingly, black bars on both sides lol. Accelerate (not open source) works but doesn’t show the overlay. VSC works tooopen source. No official controls.
Plex (with Infuse as the client player) 4k, HDR10, Dolby Vision 4k, HDR10, Dolby Vision. Full support, including file access Granular controls from 0.25x to 2x. More possible with offline file access in a player of your choice.
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