Earlier this year, 4K Netflix streaming finally started making its way to PCs, in part due to Kaby Lake and its support for HEVC decoding. Fortunately for those not planning to make the jump to Kaby Lake, 4K Netflix streaming is now expanding to more systems, with UHD streaming support landing for Nvidia’s GTX 10-series graphics cards.
Nvidia is testing a new GPU driver that supports Ultra-HD playback on its GTX 10-series cards. Anything from the GTX 1050Ti up to the Titan X (Pascal) will be able to stream 4K Netflix. However, currently, the driver is only available to those taking part in the Windows Insider Program, with full public access set to come via a Windows 10 update later this year.
Ultra-HD Netflix streaming on PCs featuring a Pascal GPU has been in the works for a long time now and is made possible thanks to HEVC decoding coupled with Windows 10’s new ‘PlayReady 3.0’ DRM, which has been used to convince rights holders that PCs are safe to stream 4K content too without fear of rampant piracy.
However, there are two more important things to note for those looking to stream UHD Netflix on PC, they will need a HDCP 2.2 compliant monitor. If you have multiple monitors, they will all need to support HDCP 2.2 in order to gain access to UHD streaming.
If you meet all of those requirements, then all you need is the Windows 10 Netflix app and a 25Mbps connection and you’ll be good to go.
KitGuru Says: I’ve been waiting for UHD Netflix support on PC for a couple of years now and while compatibility is heavily limited at the moment, I’m glad support is finally here. Hopefully the amount of systems capable will expand throughout the rest of the year.