Even if it is no longer a news that you can now stream 4K contents, movies and videos on Netflix from your various smart devices, surprisingly, most people still struggle to watch 4K contents on Netflix.
To help solve most problems faced by some Netflix users who wants to watch 4K UHD movies but dont know how, this guide on how to watch netflix 4K Ultra HD content on your smart 4K Tvs in your living room, bedroom or Pc, will help you stream Netflix in UHD.
Considering the fact that almost everyone loves to enjoy their movies and digital contents in the best possible screen resolution and display, what then could be more better than an Ultra HD 4K display? Nothing right?
It is no longer news that you can now watch Netflix 4k contents that features High Dynamic Range (HDR) such as Stranger Things, House of Cards, Black Mirror, Marvel series and more on your Tv or PC, the only problem here is how?
Things you will Need.
1. Netflix 4k service subscription
2. Sufficient Broadband Internet and maybe a fast internet router for a strong wireless connection
3. Smart 4K Tv or any other 4K streaming device.
4. HDMI 2.0 Cable
How to Watch Netflix Ultra HD 4k Content on your Tv and PC (A detailed step by step guide)
Watching Ultra HD isn’t as easy as turning on your new TV and connecting to Netflix. Before you start to see the “Ultra HD” labels showing up while browsing Netflix titles on your TV, there are some settings that needs to be made first.
Below is a detailed step by step guide to help you watch Netflix 4K contents as well as Netflix 4K movies and series on your Tv, Pc or other smart 4k Tv devices:
Step 1: Get your 4k Smart Tv Ready or a 4K External Streaming Device
The very first thing you’re going to need to stream Netflix in 4k Ultra HD is a 4K TV. If you have a smart 4K television then the chances are it will be a smart TV which will have a Netflix app (less trouble for you). This only makes sense when you consider the fact that 4K TVs are generally 2160p – which means a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Rumors of 8K TVs with 7680 x 4320 are also entering the market, but that is way too much for now. UPDATE: 8K TVs are already here and is likely to be the future of smart TVs.
Be in the know.
Now listen carefully, just because you have a 4K Ultra HD TV doesn’t always mean it will work for this purpose. The obvious reason is because what you need is not just any 4K Tv, but a tv set that’s HDCP 2.2-compliant (which is 4K copy protection) and, should in case you want to use an external device, supports HDMI 2.0.
This is particularly shaky with older sets (especially those pre-2014), so make sure yours supports these standards before going any further. So, this shouldn’t be a problem if you bought your Tv two to three years ago. We should also point out that every year Netflix picks out a list of specific “recommended” models, which can be a useful guide if you’re in the market for a new TV set.
Although there’s a long list of TVs that support Netflix 4K.
For those who do not have a Smart 4K TV.
Not every home owner has a 4K television in their living room, some are just cool with the good HD (high definition display) or the Ultra HD. I know, I completely get it.
Not withstanding, you can make use of one of these external streaming devices to stream Netflix 4k contents in ultra HD on your TV or PC.
you can also see a list of our top picks and review of the best smart home devices here.
How to set up and use your External 4K streaming device.
The process explained
For those who cannot see the written texts instruction added to the image, here is what it says.
1. Plug 4k streaming device into your HDTV
2. Plug into wall outlet
3. Connect to the internet and enjoy.
2. Step 2: Subscribe to the Netflix 4K premium service
So you have a 4K smart Tv ready to stream or probably using an external streaming device, next is time to get a premium Netflix plan that will enable you watch your Netflix 4K movies series and other reality shows.
The next thing to do is to upgrade your Netflix account to the $13.99 per month plan.
Firstly, this plan enables four screens (separate viewers if you want) to be watching at the same time and streaming in Ultra HD to a 3840 × 2160 resolution 4k TV. In addition to that, you can also download videos to up to 4 phones or tablets.
Netflix 4K plan and cost (for UK and US)
To get access to all that juicy Ultra HD content you need to pay more – and subs start at $13.99 per month for US residents and for UK residents.
In terms of video quality, Netflix usually streams 4K at 2160p, which is good, compared to other 4K HD providers who only broadcast in up-scaled 720p at 1080i (low quality).
Step 3: Get a fast broadband package with sufficient broadband internet
No sugar coating about it, if you’re serious about streaming Netflix 4K content in ultra HD, then you’ll need to have a pretty fast and decent internet connection.
According to Netflix’s recommendation, a minimum of 25 megabits-per-second (25Mbps) is required to stream in Ultra HD quality, but from what we have gathered, even a 15Mbps internet connection can be fast enough.
What this means for US and UK residents.
According to online statistics, the average US broadband speed is 61Mbps. So most United States residents should be good to go. The situation is sadly not the same for UK residents, considering the fact that the average UK internet speed is 16Mps. It might mean a little bit of an upgraded network in UK households. Again, like we have earlier said, even a 15Mbs internet connection can be fast enough, so there is no need to worry.
The federal communication commission has a US broadband deployment report you can look at, if you have the time.
Not sure how fast your internet is?
For all those who are not sure of how fast their internet speed is: If you’re not sure about how fast your internet is, you can use us the official Netflix’s internet speed test website, fast, or AT&T’s Internet Speed Test to know what your internet speed is and be sure you’re getting enough download speed. you can read more
A Quick Fix for Slow internet network
If you are experiencing a slow internet connection and data transfer speed, try restarting the modem and see if it helps. Otherwise, you can call your ISP provider for an upgrade, if you still don’t get enough speed.
4k Internet Data Usage Check.
When it comes to a broadband for streaming netflix in 4K, you shouldn’t do this if you have a data cap in your broadband plan. For those who have dat caps, make sure you know what it is, and be sure it can be used to watch 4k on netflix. Although many ISPs have bumped these caps high, in the era of 4K streaming, they can also burn quickly.
Remember everyone used to say that 4K wouldn’t go anywhere because our connections weren’t fast enough? Well, in the era of fibre that’s not a problem.
Step 4: Find Titles In Ultra HD and Start Streaming
By now, your Netflix account should indicate Ultra HD resolution if everything is set up correctly.
Netflix will automatically provide you with access to the 4K streams if you everything listed above is fulfilled e.g your 4K TV, a full premium Netflix subscription and a supporting app or streaming device (for those who do not have smart TVs with the Netflix app).
How to check for Netflix 4k content
You can tell if the Netflix 4K content is available by going to a show (most preferably is a Netflix original), look under the title and it should say “Ultra HD 4K” or “HDR” and not just “HD” – as you can see in the image above. You should also be able to flip or scroll through a list of other titles in Ultra HD as you would in the normal New Arrivals, Trending Now, and Recently Watched mode.
Even though there’s a growing selection of 4K content on Netflix, do not be fooled by your thoughts or anyone else that everything on the platform is view-able in Ultra HD. Although all Netflix originals and Netflix movie series are available, many other movies are still found in the good old fashioned HD clear display. It’s actually a little underwhelming, but if you’re a fan of watching the latest series like Mindhunter, Better Call Saul and Ozark, you’ll be satisfied.
Streaming Netflix in ultra HD 4k is a basic thing anyone can do, provided all requirements (a HD Tv thats 4K compatible, a good broadband connection, and lastly, a premium Netflix 4K subscription service plan) are all in place.
If you have a 4K smart TV, simply just locate the Netflix app on your Tv and start streaming, otherwise, if you have a normal house HD Tv thats 4K compliant, do well to get an external 4K streaming device, plug or connect it to your tv and start streaming.
We’ve tested the Netflix app on our various 4K smart TVs as well as HDTVs – using an external 4K streaming device and 4K content was found and played absolutely fine.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I not seeing Ultra HD 4K titles when I browse Netflix?
You can only watch titles in Ultra HD or HDR if your device (tv or pc), netflix subscription plan, and broadband connection speed supports it. If you meet the Netflix Ultra HD requirements is still not seeing Netflix 4K Ultra HD movies titles when you browse Netflix, then follow the troubleshooting steps below for your device.
For Windows 10 Users
It is likely that your computer may be missing an important extension that is required for Ultra HD 4K playback.
Simply perform an Installation of the HEVC Video Extension
1. Go to Microsoft’s HEVC Video Extensions page.
2. Select Get.
3. If a dialog box appears, select Open Microsoft Store, then select Get again.
4. Once the extension has been successfully downloaded and installed on your device, restart and try Netflix again.
How do I know if a movie is 4K?
You can tell if the content is available by going to a show (preferably a Netflix original) and looking under the title. It should say “Ultra HD 4K” and not “HD”.