Netflix has announced that is has now begun streaming some of its video on demand content in glorious 4K.
We have been flowing Netflix and their 4K streaming adventure since 2013 when they were showing off demos of it at CES 2013. Earlier in the year they also showed it once again at CES 2014, and added a few test streams to their platform.
This is the first time that Netflix have added any “real” 4K content to the collection. You can watch the fourth season of House of Cards in 4K, along with a number of 4K documentaries.
If you’re lucky enough to own a 4K TV, don’t get too excited just yet. To be able to view these 4K stream you will need a 2014 4K TV, or more specifically a 4K TV that has built in H.265/HEVC decoding. The 4K streams make use of this new format to be able to compress all of those pixels into a 15 Mbps stream.
It appears that Netflix are streaming their 4K content at 15.6 Mbps, so we would recommend that you have an internet connection speed of at least 20Mbps.
The only 2013 4K TV that we’re currently aware of that is upgradeable to play thes H.265/HEVC streams is the Samsung F9000, with the SEK-2500V evolution kit.
Up untill now, the only way to get 4K content was from Sony’s 4K media player (with a Sony 4K TV), or a few small samples from YouTube.