Windows 10: Netflix 4K Video Comes to Windows 10 Ö Sort Of

  1. Brink's Avatar
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       22 Nov 2016 #1

    Netflix 4K Video Comes to Windows 10 Ö Sort Of


    This week, Microsoft claimed that 4K (UHD) content from Netflix was now available exclusively for Windows 10 PCs. Itís not true. On any level.

    Itís not true because Netflixís small but growing library of 4K (and HDR) content has been available for months on other devices, including the Roku 4K, Premiere, Premiere+, and Ultra, the Samsung TV Iím currently using, and many others. Hereís a list. Even the Xbox One S, a Microsoft device, already supports this functionality.

    Looked at from another angle, even the availability of 4K video in Netflix for Windows 10 isnít true for most people because you need two things that most users simply donít have: A 4K/UHD display and a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor. So if youíre rocking a Skylake-generation Core i7 processor in your PC, youíre out of luck.

    (Oh, and you need to actually pay Netflix extra before you can even see the 4K content. So even those with a PC with the required specs might not even know this 4K content exists. But I digress.)

    Why would they even make this claim? And why on earth would they tie this announcement to Ö a Gilmore Girls revival series that no one with the required PC would ever want to watch in the first place?

    One can only wonder. So letís look at the actual announcement. Iíll try to skip over as much of the Gilmore Girls stuff as I can.


    Read more: Netflix 4K Video Comes to Windows 10 ... Sort Of - Thurrott.com
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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       22 Nov 2016 #2


    Personally, I think Thurrott is a sarcastic, self centered tool as a solo Windows blogger, who sadly always tries to push his ebook whenever he can, but when he's right, he's right.
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  3. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro [Build 14942]
       22 Nov 2016 #3

    I don't see how Netflix 4K/UHD would require a 7th generation Core i7 CPU (making even a Core i7 5960X obsolete).
    Not even the X-box One has a CPU like that (and it still supposedly supports Netflix 4K/UHD).

    Surely that part of the rumored system requirement has got to be fake?
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  4.    22 Nov 2016 #4

    Maybe the info came from a Macedonian teenager's blog!!
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  5. Cliff S's Avatar
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       23 Nov 2016 #5

    linw said: View Post
    Maybe the info came from a Macedonian teenager's blog!!
    Sorry, but it came straight from Microsoft. If you click the first link in Thurrott's post, the word "claimed", at the bottom of the Windows 10 Blog it states:
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  6. Posts : 15
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       23 Nov 2016 #6

    Just found out that if you have one of the following nVidia GPU's (all of which supports HDCP 2.2):

    GeForce GTX 960
    GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    GeForce GTX Titan X (Maxwell)
    Or any of the newer 1000-series GPU's

    (not really sure about AMD cards)

    Then you should be able to watch Netflix in 4K/UHD (even if you don't have a 7th Generation Core i7 CPU).
    As long as you have a HDCP 2.2 capable GPU then you won't need a 7th Generation Core i7 CPU (and vice versa).

    So basically what you need for Netflix 4K/UHD is a computer (and monitor) that supports HDCP 2.2 in one way or another.
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  7.    23 Nov 2016 #7

    Cliff S said: View Post
    Sorry, but it came straight from Microsoft. If you click the first link in Thurrott's post, the word "claimed", at the bottom of the Windows 10 Blog it states:
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    Sorry, Cliff, I was lightheartedly referring to SuperConker's sentence, "Surely that part (needing 7th gen I7) of the rumored system requirement has got to be fake?".


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  8. Cliff S's Avatar
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       23 Nov 2016 #8

    linw said: View Post
    Sorry, Cliff, I was lightheartedly referring to SuperConker's sentence, "Surely that part (needing 7th gen I7) of the rumored system requirement has got to be fake?".


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