Stream Netflix 4K on 2017 iMac?

niteflyr

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I have a new 2017 27' iMac, i7, R 580, 8gb (32gb more waiting), 512gb SSD, coming soon. I've never had a 4K capable monitor before. Will I be able to stream Netflix and/or Amazon 4K video content on this computer?
 
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EugW

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Nope, not now, but my prediction is that we'll get 4K Netflix on the Mac by 2018, but only on 2017 or later Macs (excluding the MacBook Air).
 
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EugW

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What's preventing this now? Netflix? Apple? Software, Apps?
Yes.

We will need High Sierra, Apple’s macOS implementation of the appropriate DRM (most likely limited to Kaby Lake Macs and later, regardless of what GPU you have), and support from Netflix.

The wildcard here is the DRM. I assume/hope Apple will implement the proper OS support for it but no guarantees.
 

fathergll

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I have a new 2017 27' iMac, i7, R 580, 8gb (32gb more waiting), 512gb SSD, coming soon. I've never had a 4K capable monitor before. Will I be able to stream Netflix and/or Amazon 4K video content on this computer?

Nope. Don't feel too bad. Some of us have had these shiny 5k Retina iMacs since 2014 and the only thing we've been able to stream in 4k is LinusTechTips and Pewdiepie. DRM is such a mess that Youtube bloggers have an advantage over multimillion dollar productions for years now.
 

Jackmichealkeen

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Nope. Don't feel too bad. Some of us have had these shiny 5k Retina iMacs since 2014 and the only thing we've been able to stream in 4k is LinusTechTips and Pewdiepie. DRM is such a mess that Youtube bloggers have an advantage over multimillion dollar productions for years now.
i just want them to let mac users stream in 4K like they do with windows
 
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EugW

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i just want them to let mac users stream in 4K like they do with windows
Since macOS 10.13 High Sierra doesn’t support it, I’m hoping for macOS 10.14 to allow us to stream 4K Netflix and 4K iTunes.

It would only work in 2017 or later Macs though (not including the MacBook Airs), because of DRM requirements.
 

Jackmichealkeen

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Since macOS 10.13 High Sierra doesn’t support it, I’m hoping for macOS 10.14 to allow us to stream 4K Netflix and 4K iTunes.

It would only work in 2017 or later Macs though (not including the MacBook Airs), because of DRM requirements.
I got the new MacBook Pro to a 4K screen and it still doesn’t stream in 4K
 

Jackmichealkeen

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Uhg...I have really been looking to purchase my first iMac and now this. Should I really just stick with the PC? But I don't like Windows 10
Yeah I get that I have had my MacBook Pro for about 18 months now and I would never go back now and I think it will be available soon
 

xzebra

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Yeah I get that I have had my MacBook Pro for about 18 months now and I would never go back now and I think it will be available soon

Understood and thanks for posting, although my other post does not give me a warm and fuzzy? I really hate Windows 10 and wanted to jump ship. I keep having all these second thoughts and it is from posts like this that make me feel Mac is not all what I thought either.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/imac-or-pc-for-lightroom.2108948/
 

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BasicGreatGuy

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In the middle of several books.
Understood and thanks for posting, although my other post does not give me a warm and fuzzy? I really hate Windows 10 and wanted to jump ship. I keep having all these second thoughts and it is from posts like this that make me feel Mac is not all what I thought either.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/imac-or-pc-for-lightroom.2108948/
iMac is an awesome machine in many, many respects. Get one that has a SSD and you will be good to go.

After purchase, I upgraded my RAM to 40GB. With 1TB SSD it has been moving through (silently) everything I put before it.
 

xzebra

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iMac is an awesome machine in many, many respects. Get one that has a SSD and you will be good to go.

After purchase, I upgraded my RAM to 40GB. With 1TB SSD it has been moving through (silently) everything I put before it.

3.5Ghz with Radeon Pro 575 with 4GB vs 3.8Ghz with Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB for R and most importantly longevity????
 

BananaX

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iMac + iPad Pro 10.5 = life is good

The new MBP is not as reliable as it used to be. :(
 

fathergll

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Understood and thanks for posting, although my other post does not give me a warm and fuzzy? I really hate Windows 10 and wanted to jump ship. I keep having all these second thoughts and it is from posts like this that make me feel Mac is not all what I thought either.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/imac-or-pc-for-lightroom.2108948/

Neither OS is perfect but I'd venture Windows is probably going to be further ahead than MacOS in a lot of these areas. Wether it's VR or some program that either MacOS doesn't have or it's crippled on MacOS. There's a good reason why a lot of people run bootcamp.
 

EugW

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iMac + iPad Pro 10.5 = life is good

The new MBP is not as reliable as it used to be. :(
I can't use an iPad to do real work, even with a top end keyboard. For MS Office for example, the iPad interface just isn't appropriate for it.

So, my setup is:

27" iMac (dual screen) for work at home
12" MacBook for work on the road
10" iPad for entertainment at home and on the road
 
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