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Netflix 4K streams are now exclusive to Windows 10, Edge

Netflix has had a 4K streaming option for a while now, being part of its highest pricing tier. In fact, the company was one of the first major services to roll out 4K support.

But in a rather surprising move, the streaming colossus and Microsoft have announced that 4K content will be exclusive to Windows 10 machines.

“4K content from Netflix is now available exclusively for compatible PCs and 2-in-1 devices with Windows 10, including the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th,” the Redmond company announced on its blog.

Have a Windows 10 device and want to get in on the action? Well, you’ll need to use the Edge browser too.

Netflix will stream 4K content exclusively on Windows 10 Рbut will the partnership bear fruit?

“Check out the new streaming experience with Microsoft Edge, the only browser that supports Netflix 4K content,” Microsoft adds.

Microsoft cautions that users will also need a seventh generation Intel Core processor to take advantage of 4K content.

It all makes for a rather interesting situation, as the likes of YouTube, Vimeo and Amazon Prime Video¬†don’t have similar content restrictions. And in an era when gaming consoles and streaming boxes are ever-popular ways to watch content, it makes you wonder whether this will be a smart move for Netflix.

Author | Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
Terrible puns make Hadlee Simons difficult to work with, but he brings almost seven years of tech journalism experience to the table. When he's not at work or watching motorsport, he's in the foetal position on a jiu jitsu mat. More