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Netflix is finally offering 4K streaming on Windows 10. Unfortunately the list of requirements is so long that probably only a handful of people qualify. Still, even the lure of 4K Netflix on Windows 10 is better than nothing.

Millions of people around the world now pay for Netflix. And while there are reasons why you as an individual may want to avoid Netflix 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix Just as there are pitfalls to cutting the cord, there are downsides to Netflix you might consider to be deal-breakers. So before you sign up to Netflix, take a moment to consider these imperfections. Read More , it’s a fantastic service. In fact, you should probably be paying more for Netflix Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Every time Netflix increases its prices, millions of binge-watching users balk at the prospect of paying a couple of dollars more. But this is dumb, because Netflix is an absolute steal. Read More , even though its catalog is shrinking Netflix Removes 50% of its Catalog to Fund Original Content Netflix Removes 50% of its Catalog to Fund Original Content Have you noticed the Netflix catalog getting smaller in recent years? We now know the number of titles available on Netflix has been halved since 2012 to fund original content. Read More .

One of the reasons people love Netflix is its 4K content How to Find Real Ultra HD Content for Your 4K TV How to Find Real Ultra HD Content for Your 4K TV Even after all this time, genuine Ultra HD content can be tough to find -- and your 4K TV is almost pointless without it. Here's a tool you can use to find real 4K media. Read More . Netflix is one of the biggest providers of 4K content around, and those with smart TVs or set-top boxes have been able to stream Netflix content in 4K for some time. However, PC users haven’t been afforded the same luxury.

Until now.

In a post on the Windows Blog, Microsoft reveals that 4K content from Netflix is now exclusively available on Windows 10 PCs. That’s the good news. But the list of conditions attached to streaming 4K Netflix on your PC means this probably won’t apply to you personally.

Please Jump Through These Hoops

To watch 4K Netflix on your PC you will need a Netflix subscription which supports streaming in Ultra HD What's the Difference Between 4K and Ultra HD? What's the Difference Between 4K and Ultra HD? Thinking of buying a new TV or monitor but feeling lost with all of the terminology like 4K and Ultra HD? Here's everything you need to know about it. Read More , a Windows 10 PC with a 4K-capable screen and a 7th-generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core processor, and to be using Microsoft Edge as your browser of choice.

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To be clear this rules out the vast majority of people reading this. There are only a handful of devices that hit the minimum specs requirements, and even if you do own one of these devices you’ll then have to upgrade your Netflix plan and start using Microsoft Edge 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More .

For this reason we suggest you just forget you ever read this and go about your business. You’re probably happy watching Netflix content in standard 1080p HD anyway, and if you really want to switch to 4K, just buy a Chromecast Ultra Is the New Chromecast Ultra Really Worth Buying? Is the New Chromecast Ultra Really Worth Buying? The Chromecast Ultra is a brand new Chromecast offering support for 4K video and more besides. But is it worth buying? Find out everything you need to know about the Chromecast Ultra. Read More and be done with it.

Do you own a 4K TV? If so, how often do you actually watch 4K content? And from what sources? Would you consider upgrading your Windows PC just to watch Netflix content in 4K? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. likefunbutnot
    November 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    The alternative for users running any desktop OS besides 10 and not using Edge is 720p at best (10/Edge users can have 1080p). Netflix on a PC of any sort is highly underwhelming at this point.

    This is particular aggravating since Windows 8 and 10 gave an official Netflix client in the Windows Store and even that is limited to the same modest quality.

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