Netflix's 1080p Browser Streaming Isn't Quite 1080p in Most Browsers

By Gary Cutlack on at

An exhaustive analysis of pixels and resolutions has found some bizarre inconsistencies with the 1080p browser output of streaming kingpin Netflix, with stats suggesting its 1080p output isn't actually 1080p when using some underground niche browsers like, er, Chrome and Firefox.

The official stats are buried within a Netflix support page, which says that Chrome, Firefox and Opera can only support HD video up to 720p via HTML5 -- while Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can push out 1080p resolution should your internet be fast enough. It's almost as is Microsoft has bunged an enormous amount of money at Netflix to buy some tech superiority to boast about, eh?

Although perhaps it's not all an enormous conspiracy, as users of Safari through Mac OS X 10.10.3 or higher should also get full 1080p video as long as their roadside BT cabinet isn't too congested on the evening in question.

That said, if you're broadcasting browser tabs to a TV, you're not really doing streaming right. A Roku or Chromecast or [Chinese clone of choice] ought to be able to handle 1080p streams if your internet pipe's fat enough, so it's only going to inconvenience pixel counters hooking up PCs and laptops through cables and full-screening the web player. [BGR via IGN]


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