GOOD NEWS, you can now watch Netflix 4k contents that features High Dynamic Range (HDR) movies, TV shows and your favorite videos on Netflix from your various smart devices.
Nothing beats seeing your favorite TV shows or movies in the clearest format possible with quality graphics and smooth view, right?
4K contents are finally taking over the media and entertainment industries and Netflix users are not left out of the fun. The new Netflix 4K contents gives you a much clearer and better movie quality in UHD.
Even though Netflix 4K contents isn’t all that new anymore, not everyone knows how to get 4K on Netflix, surprisingly. For this reason, we have created this guide on how to watch Netflix 4K Ultra HD content on your smart devices – TVs, smartphone or PC. This guide is aimed at helping you stream Netflix in UHD and help solve most problems faced by some Netflix users who wants to watch 4K UHD movies but don’t know how.
Things you need to stream Netflix in 4K
To stream Netflix 4K UHD content in your home, you will need the following:
- An active Netflix 4k service subscription.
- Sufficient Broadband Internet and maybe a fast internet router for a strong wireless connection.
- Smart 4K Tv or any other smart 4K graphics supported streaming device.
- HDMI 2.0 Cable.
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 better than an Ultra HD 4K display? Nothing right?
How to Watch Netflix Ultra HD 4k Contents on your Tv and PC
Watching Ultra HD on Netflix 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 and stream Netflix 4K contents – movies, series or TV shows on your Tv, Pc or any other smart 4k supported devices.
Follow these simple steps to start streaming Netflix in 4K UHD:
Step 1: Get your 4k Smart Tv or an External 4K Streaming Device Ready
The very first thing you’re going to need to stream Netflix in 4k Ultra HD is a 4K TV.
If you have a 4K television then the chances are it is a smart TV which has a Netflix app (less trouble for you).
However, just because you have a 4K Ultra HD TV doesn’t always mean it will work for this purpose. The 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 shouldn’t be a problem if your TV was produced in the year 2016 and above. We should also point out that every year Netflix picks out a list of specific “recommended” TV models, which can be a useful guide if you’re in the market for a new TV set.
Here’s a list of some Netflix recommended TVs built for better Netflix experience.
What if I don’t have a 4K TV?
Your best solution is to use an external 4K streaming device. If you do not have a 4K TV and wants to stream Netflix 4K, you can make use of an external streaming devices that supports 4K streaming such as Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV 4K.
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.
How to set up and use an External 4K streaming device.
The process explained:
- Plug 4k streaming device into your HDTV
- Plug into wall outlet
- Connect to the internet and enjoy.
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.
How much does a Netflix 4K plan 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 internet package plan with sufficient broadband data
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 statistics report by speedtest, 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.
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 data 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, and do not forget there is now 8K TV and 8K smart resolutions available with 5G present to boost internet speed.
Step 4: Open Netflix, 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.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Streaming Netflix in ultra-HD 4k is a basic thing anyone can do, provided all requirements (a HD Tv that’s 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 that’s 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.