Netflix Working On 4K Content Streaming In the ‘Next Year or Two’

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How’s your download speed? Netflix is already offering some new, bandwidth-hungry streams, and its plans for 4K content streaming will blow the roof off the bandwidth limits for many broadband customers. You can expect a higher broadband price when you go 4K, but the real fun will be in buying a 4K TV. Hopefully, we’ll see 4K TV prices drop a bit by then.

How does your ISP stack up in Netflix's streaming rankings? Image credit: Netflix

Of course, Netflix isn’t waiting around for 4K to attract new customers. The streaming video service announced new streams (Super HD and 3D) earlier this year. Those streams offer better definition and 3D content, but require between 5 and 12Mbps bandwidth from ISPs. If you’re looking for an ISP that can handle Netflix’s high-end streams, you can check out its ISP Speed Index. The tool shows you which ISPs are best suited to Netflix (according to Netflix, at least) and which ones aren’t. Right now, Google Fiber is at the #1 spot with a service-wide average of 3.35Mbps. That 4K streaming service is expected to consume as much as 35Mbps.
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PAndr replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 5:49 PM

wonder how this will effect consumers with "unlimited" monthly data plans from ISPs.. 250GB a month sounds real small right about now... super excited to see an option for 4K since we still have yet to see true 1080p live broadcasts.. its 2013 for cryin out loud!

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MCook replied on Sun, Mar 17 2013 2:37 AM

Well, making a transition to a new standard takes time, it was years, for example, before tv was broadcast in all color, with shows like the Munsters, which ran from 1964-66 being filmed and broadcast in all B&W (most people didn't know they were green until they made a couple of big screen movies).. By 1970 though, all tv (at least here in the US) was being broadcast in color.  1080P looks AMAZING to me, I've heard some reviewers of 4K and they say it's almost too real and clear, we want realism, not hyper-realism :)

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Dorkstar replied on Mon, Mar 18 2013 2:15 PM

I'm very curious how this is going to work.  I tried steaming a 4k video on youtube a few weeks ago, even at 15MB down I still had to buffer for a good while to watch it.  

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