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4K Netflix

By: Chip Bobbert II

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Two months ago we were asked to begin exploring 4K streaming.  My initial reaction was “well that’s not going to work” and “we’re years away from 4K streaming services”.  I was wrong.  Today, Netflix began offering a 4K test video you can watch called El Fuente.  The video is available in multiple sizes, frame rates and bitrates so you can experiment with what looks good and works on your computer.  Our experience was on a newer iMac with a resolution of WQHD.  While this isn’t 4k it is four times the resolution of 720 and the best thing we have on hand.  The video was a little bit jerky and pixelated at first but ones it pad played for a minute and the adaptive streaming adjusted correctly we did see quite a beautiful image.

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