Netflix has been reigning king of the streaming video market for the past few years, and the company has done a great job staying up to date on any trending innovations in the video industry. They have long supported 1080P video streaming for their subscribers and first introduced a high-bitrate 1080P “Super HD” format back in September of 2013.
With the price of 4K consumer displays quickly dropping over the past 12 months, the push for 4K content is to satisfy these high-resolution panels is at an all-time high. Netflix is implementing a higher priced monthly subscription for consumers who own a 4K display and wish to stream video content in the native resolution.
The cost of a 4K compatible streaming plan is $11.99 per month which entitles you to simultaneous streaming on four different devices,as well as access to both HD and Ultra HD resolutions. Those who were signed up for this plan prior to the price jump (effective August 12th) are grandfathered in at the $7.99 rate for the indefinite future.
The important thing to remember that the selection of available 4K content is still rather limited so you may want to wait a bit before switching to the higher-priced option. Titles that are confirmed to support Ultra-HD streaming include House Of Cards, Breaking Bad, GhostBusters (1 & 2), and NBC's Blacklist. Additionally, you will also need to make sure you have a high tier Internet subscription in order to keep up with the higher influx of data needed to stream high-res content without any stuttering.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.