Netflix has officially announced that 4K streaming of “Breaking Bad” will happen sooner rather than later. The company confirmed that mega-hit show will begin streaming in 4K this June.
“Breaking Bad” has already been licensed to Netflix but the remastering of the series will include the 4K resolution and 5.1 surround sound.
The Netflix Original Series, “House of Cards” has already begun airing in 4K and the company also said that it will start shooting and airing all of its Original shows in 4K from now on.
Don’t worry, the 4K Streaming was added at no extra charge and can simply be viewed by anyone with a 4K TV new enough to decode the HEVC codec that Netflix streams its shows with.
Netflix has begun streaming in 4K, at least on a few shows. Currently the Netflix Original Series, “House of Cards” as well as some nature documentaries are now available to stream in 4k/Ultra HD.
It should be noted that you need to have a TV that supports the higher resolution.
The programs that are included in the Ultra HD will appear with a tiny label so you know you are getting the extra pixels. Currently, Netflix is limiting 4k streaming to only TVs with Netflix and HEVC/H.265 decoding capabilities built in.
HDTVtest.com notes that the higher resolution stream really shines with “bright, colorful scenes” adding that the images were “rendered with greater sharpness and smoother gradients.”
Still, the bitrate of these streams are only around 15 Mbps so while the picture will be superior to HD Netflix, this flavor of 4K is not a true demonstration of the higher resolution. HDTVtest.com adds that to their trained eyes, some Blu-ray titles still offer a cleaner image.