Late last year, Netflix finally introduced the option of streaming content in 4K resolution on the PC. However, it was restricted to PCs powered by the 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake CPU, mainly due to the processor family supporting 10-bit HEVC hardware decoding as well as stringent DRM requirements from content creators. Now however, more PCs will be able to access Netflix in 4K thanks to NVIDIA adding support for it.
To enable Netflix 4K playback, the following requirements will need to be met:
- NVIDIA Driver version exclusively provided via Microsoft Windows Insider Program (currently 381.74).
- NVIDIA Pascal based GPU, GeForce GTX 1050 or greater with minimum 3GB memory
- HDCP 2.2 capable monitor(s). Please see the additional section below if you are using multiple monitors and/or multiple GPUs.
- Microsoft Edge browser or Netflix app from the Windows Store
- 25Mbps (or faster) internet connection.
Single or multi GPU multi monitor configuration
In case of a multi monitor configuration on a single GPU or multiple GPUs where GPUs are not linked together in SLI/LDA mode, 4K UHD streaming will happen only if all the active monitors are HDCP2.2 capable. If any of the active monitors is not HDCP2.2 capable, the quality will be downgraded to FHD. Below is a sample table for the case of 2 monitors:
Another thing to note is that 4K UHD streaming is not supported for SLI/LDA configurations. You will be able to stream Netflix in UHD streaming only when the GPUs are not linked together in SLI/LDA mode.
With the addition of 4K Netflix support on GeForce GTX 10 series cards, NVIDIA has definitely made its latest lineup more desirable to multimedia enthusiasts than AMD’s Radeon RX 500 series.
Source: NVIDIA Support