While Netflix continues its fights against sleep, the graphics cards makers are pushing their 4K resolution agenda with every facet possible. NVIDIA has quietly opened up the option for Netflix 4K UHD streaming on its GeForce GTX 10 family graphics cards. The Netflix 4K streaming support would arrive on a Windows 10 system through a graphics card driver that NVIDIA is currently testing.
Earlier this year, Intel leapfrogged NVIDIA by announcing its seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake series of processors capable of Netflix 4K streaming on the Microsoft Edge browser on a Windows 10 PC. The older Intel chips support only 8-bit High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard while Netflix uses the 10-bit version of the same.
NVIDIA is catching up by beta testing a driver that enables Netflix 4K streaming on GTX 10 series cards. This NVIDIA graphics card drive is available only to the Windows 10 Insider Program participants.
Streaming Netflix in 4K using GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card isn’t as easy as it sounds. You’ll require a 4K monitor that supports HDCP 2.2 copy-protection technology so that you don’t rip (copy) the digital video and audio. On top of that, you’ll need at least an internet connection offering 25Mbps speeds.
So to enjoy Netflix 4K streaming, you’ll need either Intel Kaby Lake processor or NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 10 series GPU along with an HDCP 2.2 capable monitor with regards to the hardware.
In short, you’ll have to shell out quite a bit to enjoy Netflix 4K streaming on your home PC.