Is your Netflix HD streaming just not high-definition enough for you? Worry not— Netflix is looking into the issue. The company is allegedly preparing to stream movies and TV shows in the next big HD resolution, 4K, in the next couple of years.
4K, also known as Ultra HD, has four times as many pixels as 1080p, the current high-definition standard. While extra definition is something few people would say no to, there are some potential issues.
In order to even view 4K content at its full resolution, consumers need to own a TV that’s compatible with the format. 4K is so new that there are very few few televisions right now that can even support it, and those that do exist are prohibitively expensive for most consumers.
Another issue is bandwidth—4K resolution requires a data pipe that many households simply do not have.. The large bitrate required for Ultra HD also means that consumers who have monthly internet data caps will see them quickly exceeded.
Multiple hurdles notwithstanding, Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt thinks it can be done, and soon. Said Hunt:
“We have much work to do with the compression and decode capability, but we expect to be delivering 4K within a year or two with at least some movies and then over time become an important source of 4K . . . 4K will likely be streamed first before it goes anywhere else.”
What do you think, Insiders? Is 4K something that you think consumers will be ready to embrace in the next year or two? Could Ultra HD streaming be a novel way for Netflix to distinguish itself from its competitors?
[via Home Media Magazine]