Would 4K video on Netflix work on iMac 5K

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  1. ansabakhan macrumors 65816

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    When you have a smart 4K TV, Netflix know you are using a 4K display and play 4K content at UHD resolution. Would that happen with 5K iMac too?
     
  2. orestes1984, Oct 16, 2014
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    orestes1984 macrumors 65816

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    It really doesn't matter the screen is not big enough to notice it from any real sitting distance. You can see barely more than 2K on a 32" TV screen from a normal viewing distance in a living room.
     
  3. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think the OP plans to sit far away from it. If I'm sitting at my desk there would be a definite difference.

    In reply to the OP, I think the web browser and Netflix's website would have to support it.
     
  4. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    It makes a huge difference for me. The difference between 1080p and 4k to me is like the difference between night and day.
     
  5. Sonmi451 Suspended

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    4K is also higher bitrate, so you will notice a difference even on a 27" screen if you sit 3-4 feet away or so. I'm pretty sure Netflix won't enable it though, so you're most likely out of luck.
     
  6. Akash.B macrumors regular

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    Pretty sure browser based Netflix doesn't have 4K streaming. I got a Samsung 4K panel and was disappointed to learn that. At the moment, Netflix will only stream to a select number of TVs and set top boxes in 4K
     
  7. bwsteg macrumors 6502

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    Correct. I have built in Netflix app with 4k content on my brand new Sony XBR 4K tv. I must say that the difference between 1080 and 4k on my 65" tv is dramatic but I don't believe there would be any noticeable difference on such a small panel like a 27".
     
  8. forg0t macrumors member

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    There's a huge difference on the retina imac. I assume you don't have the retina, or if you do you haven't tried to watch something in 1080p yet. To get to full screen each 1 pixel is expanded to taking 8 pixels worth of space. And you're not sitting more than a few feet away from this display. Unfortunately 1080p movies look pretty bad on the RiMac.

    I think 4k content is available on Netflix through the Internet though. I think I tried house of cards and it looked like it was, I'll have to double check when I have free time.
     

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