Despite the fact that not many of us actually even own a 4k TV, Netflix is reportedly coming out with 4k content in 2014.
For those of you who don’t know 4k Ultra HD TV packs roughly 33 million pixels, which is nearly 7 times the resolution of even the Retina MacBook Pro.
The reason for Netflix coming out with 4k content in 2014 is because CEO Reed Hasting said in a recent earnings call that he doesn’t want the service to be caught with his pants down. In his exact words he said Netflix will become “one of the big suppliers” of 4k by the time it launches in 2014. In fact Netflix is already streaming some 4k content right now, but it is just demo content like people riding bikes, playing in fountains etc.
According to GigaOM:
It looks like Netflix added a total of seven videos to its catalog earlier this week. One is titled El Fuente: 24 MP, and its description promises “an example of 4K at 24 frames per second.” The footage itself includes people riding on bycicles, scenes of a wholesale produce market and kids playing in a fountain — test footage to examine the quality of 4K streaming under different conditions.
Considering Netflix seems to have trouble streaming 1080p content to most devices, 4k is definitely going to be a challenge, but if anyone can do it, it will be Netflix.