For those of you with the right hardware and a proper fibre internet connection, you’ve been able to stream media content at 4K for a while. Youtube and Amazon Prime have been able to stream 4K content to most consumer’s HTPCs for the past year, while Netflix has only begun to spin things up for customers using HTPCs and their personal computers. In the past year, Netflix has partnered up with Intel to allow decoding 4K HEVC video on the built-in GPU, and it’s also managed to get 4K video working on a few set-top box devices and consoles like the Xbox One S. Up to now, streaming 4K content on Netflix required some very specific things to be in place first, and it wasn’t very stable to begin with.
Today, NVIDIA’s graphics cards from the Pascal family join the pool of capable hardware, but there are several caveats to the whole arrangement that I wonder if most people will take the time to set this all up in the first place. Spoiler alert – there’s a lot of DRM involved here!