Streaming VUDU/Netflix/Prime Video/Play Movies in 4K?

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  1. ViperGeek

    ViperGeek New Member

    Has anyone successfully convinced any of the major streaming services to provide 4K/UHD video to a RB15A with 4K OLED display? According to:

    I believe our beloved 4K laptops meet or exceed the requirements. I even installed the silly $0.99 HEVC plugin from Microsoft, but still VUDU only streams in "HDX". I've tried Netflix and Prime Video's UHD movies, but they all stream 1080p or lower.

    As a data point, any of the 2160p/HDR on YouTube stream in 4K just fine, so I know the display, video card, and Chrome work with 4K/HDR. It's just convincing the evil streaming services that I'm a "legal" 4K display that's been the challenge.

    Any hints, suggestions, or success stories are welcome and encouraged.

    - Dave
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  2. Punkkture

    Punkkture New Member

    Hi Dave,

    I just checked to confirm and for me Netflix is playing 4K & HDR (on my Blade OLED). You do need to be using the Netflix App though. It won't work through a browser. And yes, you do also need that HEVC Plugin installed as well.

    Also important to note that you should NOT flip the HDR switch on in the display settings. Leave that off.

    Hope that helps!
    - Also Dave
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  3. ViperGeek

    ViperGeek New Member

    Thanks for the reply and confirmation that the Netflix app plays in 4K/HDR.

    I just tried playing "Black Mirror" and it's listed as [HDR]. Does that imply 4K+HDR? Are you aware of a hidden key sequence to ask Netflix to show the actual resolution of the video being played (akin to "Stats for Nerds" in YouTube)?

    - Dave
  4. ViperGeek

    ViperGeek New Member

    I just answered my own question. According to:

    it's Ctrl-Shift-Alt-D. Sure enough, it starts out at 720p, but inches its way up to 2160x3840 and even displays HDR (you can tell by how bright the text is).

    Thanks again, Also Dave!!!

    - Dave
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