Over the next little while, we’re going to start to see the gradual growth of ultra-high definition TVs enter the marketplace and as they do, it is important for online video streaming sites such as Netflix to provide content or risk becoming irrelevant.
It has come to light that Netflix has begun internal testing of 4K video streams and as of now, there are about a half dozen or so different videos available that support the higher resolution standard. The hope of Netflix is that if everything goes according to plan, the company would like to offer official support for 4K video next year. So far, the 4K Netflix content consists of just test videos rather then actual TV shows or movies but it allows people to sample what Netflix’s content will look like once it goes live. The selection of 4K titles that are available at this time are limited to just some stock footage such as El Fuente: 24 MP. Once the company has finished internal testing, it’s not clear just how they plan to move forward with the new technology. There is some speculation that current in-house content that Netflix develops on its own such as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards will be amongst the first series that will be made available in 4K. From there, additional content will be made available as licensing issues have been ironed out.