4K Netflix on Windows 10 requires Intel Kaby Lake – RedFlagDeals.com Forums

How accurate is this article below? So if you have any processor older than the yet to be release Kaby Lake, you are out of luck with 4K Netflix on Windows 10? It does not look like a GPU decoder option is available either? At least initially until the community can figure a work around for all of this. I have been stationed at Sandy Bridge i7-2600K for many years now. Next year 2017 might be a good reason to think about finally upgrading.http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/21/1370 … ws-support\”Netflix 4K streaming is finally heading to Windows PCs this week. While a number of TVs and set-top-boxes already support 4K Netflix streams, the PC has largely been left out of the high-quality streams due to piracy fears. Netflix is now supporting 4K streaming through Microsoft\’s Edge browser, but you\’ll need a new PC to actually make use of it. Netflix is only supporting 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core processors, and there aren\’t many laptops that actually support both the 4K display required and the new Intel processors.As a result, Microsoft is using the 4K Netflix support as a marketing effort for its Edge browser and to encourage people to upgrade their hardware to watch new episodes of the Gilmore Girls. It all might seem like a bit of a con, but it\’s largely the fault of DRM requirements from Hollywood studios and TV networks. Content providers have strict controls for 4K playback, so that streams can\’t be captured and redistributed illegally.The latest hardware decryption features simply aren\’t available on older Intel processors, and the new Kaby Lake chips now support 10-bit HEVC, a popular 4K video codec. So if you don\’t have a new PC, you\’ll have to wait until you need a hardware upgrade before you\’ll be watching Netflix in 4K. Or, just buy a streaming stick like the Chromecast Ultra or the latest Roku to take advantage of Netflix in 4K.\”

It\’s almost certainly not the HEVC decode component that is going to stop it from working on any machine with such capability. There\’s very likely a DRM component supported in hardware by KL that is not in earlier processors. Edit: This component is called PlayReady 3.0. While new Nvidia and AMD GPUs support this, it may be that all components in the system (i.e. including the CPU) need to support it, in order for it to function. This may well be why they are saying KL only. I\’m sure we\’ll know in no time whether it\’s possible on an older CPU and a newer GPU. It does sound doubtful though.If the case is KL or nothing, I can see a lot of HTPC ppl getting up in arms about it.On the plus side I\’m sure those ppl can upgrade to a cheap $50 H110/H210 board and get a Pentium G5400 (or whatever they will call it) at $80 and call it a day/call it an upgrade. Will probably use less power than what they have and will do the 4K Netflix trick for them. Of course if they have a powerful HTPC, then that\’s another story. If they\’re on Skylake already, at least they can just upgrade the CPU but not much of a consolation for people on older platforms. Personally I\’m only just moving my HTPC to Haswell, but I have neither HEVC capable hardware or any 4K displays so I don\’t really care anyway.

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