Up to 720p on Windows, Mac, and Linux
Up to 1080p on Chrome OS
Internet Explorer up to 1080p
Microsoft Edge up to 4K*
Mozilla Firefox up to 720p
Opera up to 720p
Safari up to 1080p on Mac OS X 10.10.3 or later
*Streaming in 4K requires an HDCP 2.2 compliant connection to a 4K capable display,
Intel's 7th generation Core CPU, and the latest Windows updates.
Check with the manufacturer of your system to verify specifications.
I really wish they'd just allow up to 4K streaming on all main browsers. The Windows 10 app is awful and very buggy for multi-monitor setups. The two main issues I run into with it are:
1. The video will stutter unless I set both my monitors to the same refresh rate. As you can imagine, it's somewhat annoying to have to lower the refresh rate of my main monitor from 144Hz to 60Hz whenever I want to watch Netflix.
2. When playing in fullscreen on one monitor, the video will randomly minimize if I interact with any applications on my second monitor! So if I want to look something up online or whatever as I'm watching, I have to switch to windowed mode or I risk having the video just minimize and mute itself.
I haven't really torrented anything in a while but I doubt there are many 20GB+ Blu-ray quality rips out there that you can download in a reasonable amount of time.
EDIT: after reading the replies I stand corrected; it seems like there are some better quality uploads out there than I thought.
You can also find uncompressed 60-70GB UHD rips.
Depends very much on your own bandwidth. For someone with 400Mbps, 20GB+ doesn't take that long time to download in the end, especially popular torrents.
But then again, not many have that kind of bandwidth available.
The keyword you should be searching for is "remux", as in identical video/audio streams to a BD but in a new container (probably MKV).
I seriously can’t tell the difference between a very low quality YIFY rip and a proper Bluray. If you freeze frame they both look bad, and when they’re moving they both look great. I’ve done this as an experiment multiple times and it’s like judging wine... There’s a threshold you need to pass but beyond that you quickly run into diminishing returns.
 BTW most movies are still mastered or partially mastered (SFX) at 1080p still, and even if they’re true 4K you get high quality downscale to 1080p for free. But really most 4K movies are still upscaled from 1080p.
I think lower quality rips show themselves a bit more on high quality playback devices, but I generally don’t hit low quality releases purely for Snob factors so I could be wrong.
That's why moviemakers beg audiences not to do frame interpolation.
Care to give an argument more than ‘looks garbage’? I think people reported that the hobbit looked weird, but that’s likely because were used to 30fps in a subconscious level.
It's like the oppressive DRM that hurts actual paying customers of games rather than the pirates who circumvent it.
Add to that the various geographical restrictions (have the audacity to live outside of the US? No content for you!) and piracy becomes quite attractive.
Half the stuff I recommend to people is not on Spotify or Youtube. Thank goodness I had the "entitlement" to build a giant mp3 collection because I have no idea where I'd find it otherwise.
more like redefining what people think is "all music"
Also sharing mp3s was sharing our full fucking musical culture with each other. We had WHAT.CD. You could make mixtapes. Copyright vultures destroyed ALL of this and put shit like Spotify in the middle of it, making it the arbiter of what is and is not part of this shared culture. Controlling HOW it is shared, what you can do with it and preventing it from being shared with people not in the paying Spotify club.
The things they did to our shared culture, in the name of "stopping privacy" has cost us SO fucking much.
Pirated content from other people that lies about what it is isn't unheard of, though.
There used to be some extensions to switch the resolution up on chrome and firefox, but I do believe they're not working anymore.
Another case for piracy I guess.
The notion here is, because of these annoying steps and gotchas, there will not be 4k rips of their content floating around. I don't keep up on the piracy scene these days but I have to imagine that it can still be done, as with the setup from the blog. So goes the story of DRM, it is a painful step that doesn't quite prevent piracy - but if you're netflix or other streaming services, you're working closely with the implementors of the DRM tech (microsoft, widevine, others) and you're not going to just throw in the towel given that it's always a work in progress.
Sometimes there are also licensing requirements around having DRM attached, probably applies to Netflix in certain cases (although less and less these days).
This is why I won't pay for premium resolution upgrades. It's too much of a hassle to ensure the entire video chain is providing what I paid for.
I believe their licence terms are also the reason you can download some Netflix videos to your phone/Windows 10 machine, but not others.
I mean if you download it once, you have it.
> I really wish they'd just allow up to 4K streaming on all main browsers
Do all the major browsers support this?
Yep, and when you have done that don‘t forget to manually guess and set your video output refresh rate because the Netflix can‘t be bothered to switch and match the output to the frame rate of the content. For movies it’s very likely 24p and you don‘t want to have that interpolated to 60 Hz.
This is probably how they get away with providing 4K without destroying their network: by making people think they are getting 4K when most are really are just watching 720p
(I'm just saying, because apparently there were people unaware they are paying to get screwed from all sides at once)
They have only been lying about this since the beginning and never stopped. So has Spotify.
Were you also paying for gold-plated HDMI with built-in virus scanner?
I thought people were voluntarily buying in to this bullshit, because they feel the obligation to financially support the content industry. I mean that's what everybody who thinks this is important is going on about all the time. None of them are seriously arguing you actually get a good deal out of it.
I mean how is this even legal?
Their advertising touts their 4K streaming and HDR quality, but then in practice they silently downgrade most non-television devices to HD resolutions and SDR. There's a footnote in some tech support article if you know where to look, that's it.
Under Australian consumer protection law, for example, this kind of deceptive or false advertising is flat-out illegal, and comes with eye-watering fines. Telecommunications companies have had huge fines for saying their Internet is "broadband" when it wasn't qualifying, for example.
If it wasn't such an enormous pain in the arse, I would love to get the ball rolling on a lawsuit, because flagrantly anti-consumer behaviour like this needs to stop.
Look at this this way: If you ask NetFlix about why they insist on DRM, particularly when most of their content is available in glorious 4K on certain pirate-themed bays, they mumble some excuse about contracts with their content providers. However, a huge chunk of their content is made by Netflix!
That's like a self-employed person saying "Sorry, this is company policy. My boss told me I have to do this nonsensical bad thing."
It's just absurd.
You're going to sue Netflix for maybe $1 in damages per user?
After diligent conditioning by Netflix, I've come to enjoy 720p, apparently. On the plus side it means I can pay them less.
On platforms with only software DRM (tl;dr an obfuscated binary blob distributed along your browser that does some form of AES decryption), only low resolution streams are available because there is a good chance some folks somewhere have tooling to intercept the decrypted media.
Ask B&H folks. They always have them.
I'm on MacOS Mojave and the main issue I have with Netflix is that every few minutes there is a white flash for a few ms. In Safari and Chrome if i remember correctly. But I never investigated that as I don't stream a lot.
This is a Windows 10 bug. Even things like mouse movement in the 60Hz will make the 144Hz stutter. It's especially noticeable in games.