Netflix is the world’s most popular streaming service, offering a huge library of movies and boxsets that seems to constantly be updated with unmissable new content. The entertainment giant also boasts the largest selection of 4K content in the business, alongside support for HDR 10 as well as Dolby Vision. But if you’re a macOS user who wanted to take advantage of Netflix’s Premium plan to watch 4K content then unfortunately you were out of luck – until now.
Previously to watch Netflix in 4K on a computer you had to be running Windows 10 and using Microsoft’s Edge browser or the Netflix Windows 10 app.
But this looks like it will change later this year with the release of the next big macOS upgrade Big Sur.
As reported on in a post by 9to5Mac, it looks like proof of Safari supporting Netflix 4K playback was discovered in the Big Sur beta.
This was discovered by Twitter user Ishan Agarwal who posted: “OMG! Netflix on macOS Big Sur’s Safari browser just gave me 4K Stream with Dolby Vision on MacBook Pro! Earlier it was just 1080p with Dolby Vision. This is amazing.”
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However, you won’t just need a macOS device running the Big Sur update – which is scheduled to launch later this year in fall.
As outlined in a support post on the Apple website, streaming 4K HDR content requires a macOS device that was introduced in 2018 or later.
So older Macs will only be able to play 1080p videos in Netflix, even if Big Sur is installed.
The news comes as this week has seen a long awaited Netflix feature at last arrive on iOS devices.
Following a release on Android phones last week, iOS devices on Monday received a new Netflix update which lets you edit the Continue Watching row.
This is a feature that Netflix users have long called for, with numerous posts on the Netflix Reddit page calling for this functionality.
The reason this was such an in-demand feature is, until now, if you starting watching something you didn’t like it would stay on your Continue Watching list for awhile.
The only way for this dud of a movie or boxset to disappear from the row was until you had started viewing enough other titles to bump it off the list.
But now the latest Netflix app update lets you manually remove these titles easily.
After installing the iOS patch released on Monday you will now see new icons underneath titles on the Continue Watching row.
One is an info symbol, the other is three vertical dots – click the latter and then you will be presented with an option to remove it from the row.
This also acts as a shortcut if you want to download the selected title, like or dislike it, or go to the information landing page for the movie or boxset.