Stream Netflix 4K on 2017 iMac?

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  1. niteflyr, Jun 28, 2017
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    niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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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?
     
  2. EugW macrumors 68040

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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).
     
  3. niteflyr thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What's preventing this now? Netflix? Apple? Software, Apps?
     
  4. EugW macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  5. Robbo1 macrumors member

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    How about via Win 10 Bootcamp or Parallels VM?
     
  6. Jackmichealkeen macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if we can watch 4k on Netflix yet
     
  7. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  8. Jackmichealkeen, Mar 6, 2018
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    i just want them to let mac users stream in 4K like they do with windows
     
  9. EugW macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  10. Jackmichealkeen macrumors newbie

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    I got the new MacBook Pro to a 4K screen and it still doesn’t stream in 4K
     
  11. EugW macrumors 68040

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    Yes because macOS doesn’t support it... yet.

    Works fine in Windows.
     
  12. Jackmichealkeen macrumors newbie

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    Do you think they ever will or will DRM stop it
     
  13. xzebra macrumors newbie

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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
     
  14. Jackmichealkeen macrumors newbie

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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
     
  15. xzebra macrumors newbie

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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/
     
  16. Jackmichealkeen macrumors newbie

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    I think my Mac in amazing and it’s worth getting I would recommend it over windows 10 pc Anyway
     
  17. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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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.
     
  18. xzebra macrumors newbie

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    3.5Ghz with Radeon Pro 575 with 4GB vs 3.8Ghz with Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB for R and most importantly longevity????
     
  19. BananaX macrumors member

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    iMac + iPad Pro 10.5 = life is good

    The new MBP is not as reliable as it used to be. :(
     
  20. fathergll macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  21. EugW macrumors 68040

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    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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