Watching Netflix in 4K is an option for those who like to enjoy the maximum quality of movies and series. The streaming service began offering 4K content in 2014 and currently has a considerable collection of movies and series in this definition. Successes such as Stranger Things, Breaking Bad and Dark are some of the content available at maximum resolution. The company does not disclose the number of titles in this format present in the Brazilian catalog.
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In addition to having a TV or computer compatible with Ultra HD display, the user must sign a special plan to access the highest quality collection. This is the Premium subscription, which costs $ 45.90 per month and also releases simultaneous streaming on up to four screens. Here's all you need to know before watching 4K movies on the platform.
Netflix: Tips Every Subscriber Should Know
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Check Internet Speed
4K playback requires high data transfer rate and therefore only works over a fast and stable Internet connection. Netflix recommends a speed of at least 25 megabits per second (25 Mega) to watch an Ultra HD video without crashing.
As this is a minimum limit, it is important to have a superior plan with your carrier to ensure there is no interruption in the middle of streaming. It is worth remembering that Anatel requires providers to maintain the average of only 80% of the speed contracted by the customer. Spot measurements can reach 40% of the contracted floor.
It is important to have at least 25 Mega Internet for 4K streaming on Netflix. Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
How to find 4K movies
Simply type 4K or Ultra HD into the Netflix search field to display content in this format. According to the company, titles appear only for Premium plan users on resolution-compliant devices. By browsing through the collection of the service, you can also identify compatible movies and series by looking for the Ultra HD label beside the title. Netflix warns that not all episodes of a compatible series will be available at full resolution.
Search 4K content using search tool Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
How to make sure playback is in 4K
Unlike YouTube, the Netflix player does not clearly show when a video is playing in 4K and does not allow you to select the resolution manually. According to the company, the only way to make sure high quality streaming is by making sure Auto or High are enabled in the "Playback settings" menu in account settings.
Leave playback on auto to play in 4K on compatible devices Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves
TV must have HEVC and other requirements
Not all 4K TVs are compatible with Netflix content at this resolution. In addition to the screen setting, the device must be compatible with the HEVC decoder. If the service application is not on the TV itself, it must also have HDMI 2.0 or HDCP 2.2 connectors to receive the high throughput signal.
Format support varies by model, brand and year of manufacture: LG, Samsung and Sony 4K TVs produced from 2014, for example, are often among the compatible models.
Netflix requires certain specifications to run on TVs Photo: Lucas Mendes / TechTudo
PC needs to run Windows 10
It is also possible to watch Netflix in 4K on the computer as long as it runs Windows 10. It is not possible to stream in the highest quality using a Windows 7 PC, for example, let alone Linux or a Mac. the web version on Microsoft Edge or the official app available on the Microsoft Store. In some cases, the user may also have to manually download the HEVC decoder from the system store, as well as adjust the resolution of the 4K monitor to ensure that it is playing at maximum capacity.
Netflix requires Windows 10 to run on PC Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Most suitable cable Internet
Whether on TV or computer, 4K streaming is more stable when using the cable Internet connection. Even if your device is connected to Wi-Fi, it is important to get an Ethernet cable and plug in before you start watching to make sure there is no crash in the middle of a marathon. It is therefore important that the computer or TV have a broadband port with physical access.
You can use your phone to transmit
4K screen phones are rare, but any smartphone can be used on a Netflix session with Ultra HD streaming. The secret is to use a device like Chromecast to bridge the phone with a compatible TV. But it's important to be careful: only Chromecast Ultra, which is more expensive and not officially sold by Google in Brazil, supports casting in this quality. The device also has cable internet jack.
Chromecast Ultra supports 4K content Photo: Divulgao / Google
In addition, you can use media centers to take advantage of the premium service plan if your TV has a good screen but the application is missing. Some of the compatible models are Apple TV 4K, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, and Mi Box by Xiaomi.