4K Netflix Coming to the PC, But There’s A Catch

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Netflix has been pushing their 4K content to streaming boxes and certain smart TVs for a while, but fears of piracy have held back a PC launch.

That’s no longer the case as of this week though, as Netflix is rolling out 4K content to PCs. There is a catch, though. It’s only limited content, and you need specific PC hardware to watch.

To start, it can only be done on the Microsoft Edge browser, which means you’ll need to be running Windows 10 (despite the fact that Netflix has their own app for Windows 10). Two, you’ll need at least a seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and a 4K display (this is likely because this processor has a specific feature that prevents the copying of 4K video).

This limits your PC choices to only the Lenovo Yoga 910 and a few gaming specific laptops.

And even if you’ve got all that, you’ll still need to pay an extra $12 a month for the “Ultra HD” service.

So what we can take from all this is that while Netflix is bringing 4K to PC, it’s certainly not for the masses.

This is still a step in the right direction though, and as more people adopt new hardware, and as Netflix brings 4K streaming to more hardware, it probably won’t be long before 4K streaming becomes common.

Artie Beaty

Artie Beaty

Artie Beaty is a freelance writer (and unabashed Chicago Cubs fan) from Charlotte, NC. He has almost 15 years experience freelancing. Email him at artiebeaty@streamingobserver.com.
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