You may finally be able to watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac with Big Sur

Watching 4K Netflix video on a Mac looks as if it’s about to get a lot simpler, because the forthcoming macOS Big Sur consists of a Safari replace that reportedly helps you to watch Netflix in 4K, alongside with Dolby Vision HDR, in accordance to a tweet from Ishan Agarwal (via 9to5Mac).

This may mark the primary time that macOS customers will be able to stream Netflix in 4K. Previously, streaming 4K Netflix on a laptop in any respect required you to be on Windows and utilizing Microsoft’s Edge browser or the Netflix Windows 10 app. That means, in concept, you may watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac through Windows in a Boot Camp partition — however simply loading up Safari, which is put in with macOS Big Sur, may be a far simpler possibility as soon as Big Sur is launched (it’s scheduled to come out this fall).

You received’t simply want Big Sur to get the complete 4K HDR expertise with Netflix on Safari, although — you may additionally want a more moderen Mac with HDR assist. Many Apple merchandise launched since 2018 assist HDR, and yow will discover a full record of supported Macs on Apple’s website. You’ll additionally want to be subscribed to Netflix’s $15.99 per month Premium plan to get 4K to start with.

If you don’t have the mix of macOS Big Sur, one of many supported Macs, and Netflix’s Premium plan, Netflix streams on macOS may be capped at 1080p decision — and provided that you’re utilizing Safari. If you’re utilizing Chrome or Firefox, Netflix may stream as low at 720p, according to a Netflix support document.

Netflix isn’t the one video platform getting a 4K enhance with Apple’s upcoming software program updates, as Apple introduced final week that the Apple TV 4K will finally be able to play YouTube at 4K with tvOS 14.

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