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Dolby Vision is one of the most advanced systems when it comes to displaying content in HDR. Along with HDR10 + and his successors, allow you to modify the image through your dynamic metadata. This type of technology is usually included in the most popular streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Max, Disney +, Prime Video and company. But nevertheless, there are times when this standard may cause problems or simply may not be liked by some.

In this article we will show you the ways we have to disable Dolby Vision when we are playing content on Netflix. The key is in the source.

On televisions

Netflix does not have an option to disable Dolby Vision in its application. However, there are televisions that do have this option. And it is that some of those that are compatible with this standard allow us to disable this technology. Unfortunately, not everyone has this option, since being in this case is not usually very common.

Each manufacturer is different, but there are some that do include this option. An example is on televisions that support Panasonic’s Dolby Vision. Through the settings menu, specifically in the HDMI options, in the ‘Playback options’ We will find a tab to disable Dolby Vision.

External devices and consoles

fire tv stick

Some external devices such as Fire TV Stick or the Apple TV allow you to disable HDR and Dolby Vision options. However, as with televisions, this option does not extend to all media players.

  • Fire TV Stick: we find the option in the settings of ‘Image and Sound’, in the section of ‘Dynamic Range Settings’. Here we mark the option of ‘Desactivar HDR’.
  • Apple TV: in the settings ‘Video and audio’ we select the format in ‘SDR’. In this same section, we also deactivate the option ‘Adjust dynamic range’ within ‘Adjust content’. The downside is that it will disable all kinds of HDR.
Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice control (includes TV controls), HD streaming device

Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice control (includes TV controls), HD streaming device

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A good method to play Netflix without Dolby Vision is access the service in a source that is not capable of decoding the Dolby Vision metadata, like a previous generation game console. In this way, if we access Netflix through a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and earlier, Dolby Vision will not be able to be activated by the source in which we are playing the content.

Change plan on Netflix

Dolby Vision is a feature that is included in the Netflix ‘Premium’ plan. This plan allows us to play content in 4K UHD and HDR. We know that it is a somewhat exaggerated option, but in case you do not want to enjoy this standard due to various problems caused by the image, An option to consider is to change your Netflix plan to ‘Standard’, which does not include Dolby Vision.

The main drawback of this is that, by switching to the ‘Standard’ plan, we will also lower the resolution at which we can see the content. Thus, We can only play content in Full HD or 1080p.

Connecting a PC to the TV with an old HDMI cable

Another option that we can consider when not having to deal with Dolby Vision on our television is connect a laptop with an older HDMI cable. It may seem like a somewhat far-fetched solution, but if you have a cable HDMI 1.4 or earlier, the content will be played on SDR.

Calibrating the TV

If the image presented by the content when Dolby Vision is activated is ‘too dark’ or has a ‘yellowish cast’, Another of the solutions we have on hand to solve this problem is calibrate our TV. For this, in Xataka Home we have several guides to correctly calibrate your television according to your preferences.

In case you have problems with Dolby Vision, maybe the most prominent setting to make that ‘excessive darkness’ disappear is ‘Gamma’. We can try to raise it to ‘2.2’. As for the ‘yellowish tint’, the best thing to do is to change the picture mode (to one that is not for sports or games). Adjusting the brightness can also be a great option to consider.

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