Netflix has been one of the biggest 4K content providers for a while, but you generally can’t watch anything if you’re trying to watch Netflix on your PC or laptop. It’s because the entertainment industry’s anti-piracy crusade and DRM limitations have made the PC users stuck on 1080p at the most. However, Netflix 4K streaming is finally going to be available to PCs. This is, no doubt a great news, but not for everyone.
To bask in Netflix’s 4K streaming glory, you must run it on Microsoft’s Edge browser. It means you must have a PC or laptop that runs on Windows 10, with a 4K capable screen.
If the idea of using Edge browser breaks your heart, the hardware requirement will surely kill your dream of Netflix 4K streaming on your PC. Even if you have a PC or laptop that has a 4K screen and Windows 10 running on, you won’t be able to experience 4K Netflix unless it’s powered by an Intel’s spiffy new 7th generation Kaby Lake processor. This is so unfortunate when you own a new Surface Studio but can’t experience Netflix’s 4K streaming at best quality.
You must be heartbroken, but there’s a reason behind this decision. The company has made Kaby Lake processors a default requirement as they come with native support for HDCP 2.2, a protocol used to impede copying of 4K video. So, until Netflix relaxes its rules, you have to be happy with streaming sticks like Chromecast Ultra, or Roku Premier+ box.