Netflix will stream Emmy award-winning political drama House of Cards Season 2 in 4K Ultra HD, according to an interview with Stuff.
The service will be available through apps embedded in next generation 4K Ultra HDTV’s. Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt told Stuff, “we’re not naming specific manufacturers, but we have several of the major TV vendors who are going to be producing 4K capable TVs – they’ll be announcing them at CES.”
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Before you get too excited, don’t expect to see Netflix supporting 4K streaming through gaming consoles or other devices just yet. Hunt adds, “the new game consoles may eventually be 4K-capable, but the ability to take 4K out of the box and drop it into a separate television is lacking some standards and HDMI 2.0, and it’s just a little premature. So we probably will see that, but right now we’re talking about 4K Netflix built into the smart TV.”
How Will Netflix Stream 4K?
Netflix will use HEVC, or “High Efficiency Video Coding” to stream 4K Content to your new Ultra HDTV. Hunt explained, “we’re pushing forward with new encoding technology – we’ll be using H.265, which is colloquially known as HEVC, instead of AVC H.264 … we think with that we’re going to be delivering in the 10-16Mbps range – about 15Mbps is probably what we should think of.”
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We’ll be sure to bring you the latest on Netflix 4K streaming at CES 2014 next month.