Netflix has been streaming in 4K HDR on a computer using Microsoft’s Edge browser or Netflix Windows 10 app. But, Mac users have never been able to watch at that quality. However, MacOS Big Sur will change that for Mac users when it becomes available later this year. This was tweeted by tech enthusiast, Ishan Agarwal. The new Mac update, Big Sur was recently announced in WWDC 2020 with a lot of improvements to Mac, including the new version of Safari which will include customizable start page, Safari extensions in App Store, improved tab design, trnslating the web page with one click between 7 languages and much more. Apple also announced that Apple TV 4K will be able to play YouTube at 4K with TVOS 14 and now we know for sure that 4K HDR content from Netflix will he supported by the new version of Safari.
The support for 4K HDR on Netflix depends on High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC codec) which is lacked by older Mac models. Although, Apple launched Mac models compatible with HEVC, Safari wasn’t updated to support the same, which is the reason Netflix was previously limited to 1080p on MacOS. With the new version of Safari in MacOS Big Sur, Mac users will finally be able to stream Netflix in 4K and with Dolby Vision and HDR10.
The only drawback is that the support will not be available on Mac models older than 2018 even with MacOS Big Sur installed. Also, the user must be a Netflix Premium plan subscriber. MacOS Big Sur is now available as a beta for developers.