Netflix 4K now available on PC

You’ll need Windows 10 and Kaby Lake though

by Mark Hodgkinson Nov 23, 2016 at 3:55 PM


  • For the first time, Netflix 4K/ Ultra HD content is now available to watch via Windows – although there are some caveats.
    To get at the Ultra HD HEVC encoded streams you’ll need to be running Windows 10, view through an Edge browser and – here’s the real kicker – you’ll need a PC boasting a 7th Gen Intel Core (Kaby Lake) Processor.

    Your binge-watching favourites on Netflix are now available in 4K exclusively on compatible PCs and 2-in-1 devices, says Microsoft. Until now, PCs had been excluded from the Ultra HD content, amid fears it would make piracy a problem. Intel/ Microsoft have clearly demonstrated to Netflix that the Kaby Lake chip and Edge have the necessary security measures to make it possible.

    Ultra HD streaming has been available on Smart TVs, certain streaming devices and UHD Blu-ray players for a while now and, more latterly, the Xbox One S and Playstation 4 games consoles.

    Clearly Microsoft wants to leverage off the cachet Netflix 4K brings to Edge and how it comfortably outstrips Chrome, which is still limited to 720p. Now, if Netflix, Microsoft and Intel could somehow collaborate to find a way for Edge to automatically switch the PC in to the appropriate screen refresh rate to match the content, we would really be in business.

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