Want to get your 1080p Netflix fix on your PC? It's gotta be Edge, Chrome won't cut it.

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It turns out Microsoft’s browsers are the only ones to allow full HD Netflix streams on your PC - the others squeeze your net tubes down to only let a 720p flow through.

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You know that Edge browser which popped up when you installed Windows 10? The one you only used the once to download Chrome, Opera or Firefox? Yeah, that one. Apparently it’s actually pretty good. 

We’ve heard a lot about stripped-back APIs from the graphics perspective recently, what with Microsoft’s own DirectX 12 and the recently released Vulkan, and the Big M’s Edge browser has been built in a similar barebones way.

But while it’s meant to be a little leaner - Microsoft has made bold claims about battery usage compared with Chrome on laptops - it has historically been slower than its competitors. Microsoft have been working hard to build Edge’s reputation back up again though and their latest strategy has been to publicise Netflix’s system requirements.

Chrome 720p Netflix

On the PC Netflix supports all the main browsers, but only up to 720p on Chrome, Firefox and Opera. It’s only Microsoft’s IE and Edge which are capable of hitting the full-HD 1080p stream. We’ve run some tests ourselves - at least that’s the excuse I’ve been giving for watching Narcos in the office - and the limits are plain to see in Chrome, while Edge gives you the full high def. experience.

Netflix 1080p Edge

So if you’ve spent the cash on a HD sub for Netflix you actually haven’t been getting the top quality stream you’ve paid the money for if you’ve not been using a Microsoft browser on your PC. 

While being able to hit a full 1080p stream is great, it’s still a source of frustration that when even the cheapest Chinese 4K TV will likely be able to nail a 4K Netflix stream, no matter how much cash you’ve thrown at your PC you can’t stream at the Ultra HD resolution.

We’re still waiting for the copy protection protocols to be enforced on the PC for 4K playback before the big guns like Netflix and Amazon will allow their precious content to fill our Ultra HD monitrons. It’s always bloody DRM holding things back, isn’t it?

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xNuke Avatar
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10 Months ago

Had used Edge for the last CSGO major so I could get drops on my 2nd account.... Bloody thing used over 700MB of RAM with only 1 tab of Twitch open.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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10 Months ago

This doesn't make sense. Chrome supports 1080p/60 and 4K/60 on Youtube much better.

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Droniac Avatar
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10 Months ago

It probably comes down to IE/Edge handling DRM (and associated codecs) better than Chrome and Firefox

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jon_hill987 Avatar
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10 Months ago

Which means it is Netflix that is the problem, not Chrome or Firefox.

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Droniac Avatar
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10 Months ago

Exactly.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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10 Months ago

Oh okay

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RadioActiveLobster Avatar
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10 Months ago

The Netflix App in the Win10 Store runs 1080p without an issue. This is only an issue when watching in a browser.

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Belimawr Avatar
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10 Months ago

but it still doesn't let you use 4K since Netflix claims PC's can't handle it. (nothing at all to do with DRM and people ripping programs)

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Chris Evans Avatar
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10 Months ago

This actually gives me a reason to use Edge! Now I just wish Sky would update Sky Go to work on more than just classic IE.

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Dave James Avatar
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10 Months ago

Tell me about it! Sucked so hard having to go back to IE for Sky Go :(

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Belimawr Avatar
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10 Months ago

Sky are terrible on the tech side, they still use old systems for Sky Go that all modern browsers have discontinued, originally the android app they claimed had limited hardware compatibility due to screen resolution, despite iPlayer and multiple others having always worked on all phones.

really Sky just need to hire some actual tech's who are up to date.

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UntoldAv3nGer Avatar
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10 Months ago

Just in time! Thanks!

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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10 Months ago

Sounds like Netflix was optimised explicitly for Edge. Wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has pulled this kind of BS.

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Belimawr Avatar
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10 Months ago

it's Netflix, they suck for support, they made 4K incompitable with most of the 4K TV's even ones designed with Netflix in mind and dedicated Netflix buttons. they decided even through their app PC was incapable of doing 4k.

this is not a question of software ability, it's a question of DRM they are holding back certain platforms where programs could be ripped easier, really it is just one massive joke, I honestly don't get why they wont just admit it is purely down to DRM.

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{DFT}[3]Wikster Avatar
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10 Months ago

Does anyone know how they got that information overlay to pull up? Is that some sort of a Chrome extension?

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{DFT}[3]Wikster Avatar
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10 Months ago

With a bit of googling I actually found it, its Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D

Here's also a list of the keyboard short cuts, both simple and advanced.

http://www.brighthub.com/electronics/home-theater/articles/122697.aspx

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Belimawr Avatar
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10 Months ago

this from the same people who won't give 4k to PC.

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VeganGaro Avatar
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10 Months ago

Tnx but nope! Chrome 720p > Firefox 720p > VIVALDI > IE remastered 1080p!

#goVEGAN

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