Watch Netflix in 4K on PC
Everyone loves Netflix because it offers so many epic TV shows, series, and movies. Netflix app is available for all mobiles, TVs, Windows PC, and Mac users. Now you can watch a variety of TV shows and movies on Netflix in 4K. You will need compatible hardware, internet connection, software, and Netflix subscription.
Hardware for Netflix 4K Streaming on PC:
You need a 4K TV and a 4K-capable streaming box to stream Ultra HD, 4K on your TV. But for PC, it takes some small setup to enjoy Netflix in 4K.
You will need a PC with a 4K 3840×2160 pixels display. The display must be capable of a 60 Hz refresh rate and supports HDCP 2.2. Netflix allows 4K streaming only if high-bandwidth digital copy protection 2.2 is available. You can check your display’s resolution, Go to Settings > System > Display and looking at the “Resolution” box.
In Netflix’s manual, they have also mentioned that you need the latest Intel 7th generation (Kaby Lake) processor or newer to stream in 4K. We still suggest you try 4K streaming even if you have lower CPU specs. Many users reported that 4K streaming works on older processors and even on AMD processors. All that matters is a CPU capable enough to decode 4K content.
A 7th generation Intel Core CPU (i3, i5, i7, 7xxx, or 7Yxxx) or newer is better. If you don’t have one of these processors, you can use a video card with at least 3GB of video memory, such as a GTX 1050, 1060, or 1070.
To check your CPU details, Go to Settings > System > About. The number 4 in the below picture shows its a 4th generation i7 Processor. Check out the number after – (dash) to determine your CPU generation.
Netflix 4K Streaming Bandwidth (Minimum Download):
Netflix suggests that you need at least 25 Mbps speed of the internet to use 4K streaming service. The higher the speed, the better streaming you can enjoy! If your internet speed is slower than 25Mbps, it will take a lot of time to load and you won’t be able to stream in Ultra HD 4K.
To check your internet connection speed, visit Fast.com.
To stream Netflix in 4K on a PC, you need a Windows 10 operating system. You can not use it on Windows 7 or Windows 8. You will need to have the Windows 10 Anniversary update or later installed. For Apple Mac users, you will need to run Windows 10 via virtual operating systems.
Then, You must use Netflix’s official website in the Microsoft Edge browser or stream with the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store. You can not stream it in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers.
Netflix 4K Subscription Plans:
Netflix’s most expensive “Premium” streaming plan offers Ultra HD 4K content. You can change plans in Netflix’s settings page. Netflix Premium Subscription plan costs around £8.99, $11.99, AU$14.99. You can use 4 screens at a time with this plan.
Netflix’s plans offer unlimited films and TV programs. You can watch it on a laptop, TV, phone, and tablets. Netflix offers 1 month free trial for new users.
So after subscription, you have to confirm that Netflix is set to 4K playback. You can change it from Netflix App/Website. Log In > Go to Account page > Playback Settings. Set it on Auto or High.
How to Find 4K Content on Netflix?
Not everything on Netflix can be stream in Ultra HD 4K. Only some of Netflix’s content is available in 4K. You can search in Netflix App/website for “4K” or “UltraHD” to find 4K content.
Our Planet, Blue Planet, Planet Earth 2, Luke Cage, Breaking Bad, Daredevil are some famous shows which can be watched in Ultra HD 4K. If you get a compatible PC, you can access Netflix’s growing library of 4K content from your computer.