Netflix has emerged as a savior for the millennials during the Coronavirus pandemic. The streaming service has gained a lot of new subscribers amidst the lockdown as it houses some of the best TV shows and movies.
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Netflix is available with different subscription plans, including the Basic plan, Standard plan, and the Premium plan. Out of the mentioned Netflix plans, the Standard plan offers HD streaming, and 4K streaming is available in the Premium plan.
But, if you are going to buy the Netflix Ultra HD or HD streaming plans, then you need to meet some system requirements. Check out the points mentioned below to see whether your system will be able to stream Netflix Ultra HD and HD or not.
Requirements for Netflix HD Streaming on Windows 10
- A Windows 10 computer with the latest feature update.
- Netflix official app (or any web browser) and a display with 720p resolution.
- 7th generation Intel Core or a higher-performing processor.
- Internet Connection with speed above 5 Mbps.
- Netflix streaming quality set to Auto or High.
Requirements To Stream Netflix 4K UHD on Windows 10
- A computer or tablet with Windows 10 latest updated version.
- Official Netflix app or Microsoft Edge browser.
- A 60Hz display with 4K resolution.
- 7th Gen Intel Core i3, i5, i7 (or newer) processor, or an NVIDIA GTX 1050 GPU (or higher) with a minimum of 3GB RAM.
- Internet connection with a speed above 25 Mbps.
- Streaming quality should be set to Auto or High.
Note: If you are unable to stream Netflix Ultra HD after completing all the requirements, then it means you need the HEVC extension. HEVC extension is a necessary component used in PCs to play Ultra HD 4K videos. You can get the HEVC video extension from the Microsoft store for free.
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You can’t stream Netflix 4K UHD on Google Chrome
One thing to keep in mind is that you can’t run 4K UHD titles on the Chrome browser even after meeting all the hardware requirements and getting the Premium plan. The reason is Chrome provides software-based DRM protection that people can often misuse to record Netflix shows in UHD quality and distribute them illegally. To avoid this scenario, Netflix doesn’t allow 4K UHD streaming on Google Chrome.
Now, if you think that your internet connection and desktop meet Netflix 4K UHD streaming requirement, you can go for the premium plan. But if your hardware is incapable, then you should purchase the Standard plan or the Mobile-only plan as you will not be able to stream 4K content on Netflix.
However, you can buy the premium plan if you want to share your account with others as the premium plan offers four screens. Other than that, you need to meet the requirements to stream Netflix 4K content; otherwise, the premium plan will be of no use.