Netflix Is Doing Streaming Tests With 4K Video

By Lily Newman on at

Everything from ads to porn is getting the 4K treatment lately, and now Netflix is experimenting with it too. This week the company posted six 4K videos at various frames per second rates to test their streaming performance. They're all standard Netflix stock footage called "El Fuente."

A spokesperson told GigaOM that Netflix “hopes to launch Ultra HD next year," which CEO Reed Hastings echoed in an earnings call a few weeks ago. Netflix could enter the space with original content, licensed TV and movies, or both. The test video, "El Fuente," is sort of a documentary about Mexico? A little bit? A clip reel? A pastiche of footage? Not sure what to call it, but it's sufficiently random for testing. Go forth, Netflix. Make our eyes bleed with those frame rates. [GigaOM]