Watching 4K Netflix videos on a Mac looks like it’s about to arrive much easier, as the upcoming macOS Big Sur includes a Safari update that reportedly lets you watch Netflix in 4K, along with Dolby Vision HDR, according to a tweet from Ishan Agarwal (through 9to5Mac).
This may mark the first time that macOS users will be able to stream Netflix in 4K. Previously, 4K Netflix streaming to a computer necessary to be on Windows and to use Microsoft’s Edge browser or Netflix̵
OMG! Netflix on macOS The Big Sur Safari browser has just sent me 4K Stream with Dolby Vision on MacBook Pro! Previously it was only 1080p with Dolby Vision. This is great pic.twitter.com/afUQPeKisI
– Ishan Agarwal (@ ishanagarwal24) June 28, 2020
You will not as soon as you need Big Sur to get the full 4K HDR experience with Netflix on Safari, but you may also need a newer Mac with HDR support. Many Apple products introduced since 2018 support HDR and you can find a full list of supported Macs on the Apple website. You will also need to be a member of Netflix’s $ 15.99 monthly Premium plan to get 4K to get started.
If you do not have the combination of macOS Big Sur, one of the supported Macs and Netflix Premium plan, Netflix streams on macOS can be limited to 1080p resolution – and only if you are using Safari. If you’re using Chrome or Firefox, Netflix may be streaming at 720p, according to a Netflix support document.
Netflix isn’t the only video platform that gets a 4K boost with Apple’s upcoming software updates, as Apple announced last week that Apple TV 4K will finally be able to play YouTube in 4K with tvOS 14.