November 04, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
Netflix never really mastered 3D, but the web-based streaming service isn’t just resting on its original programming. The company is moving ahead and putting a focus on Ultra HD 4K technology.
Of course, nothing has been formally announced. However, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously told GigaOM, “We want to be one of the big suppliers of 4K next year.”
Now, it looks like they are headed in that direction, by launching a little 4K testing.
If you do a search on Netflix, you can find six Ultra HD 4K test videos titled, El Fuente. All six feature the same 7 minutes of city and market scenes in Mexico. There’s very little narration and absolutely no beach scenes, but we do get fountains, a peek at a Day of the Dead celebration, and two guys boxing for a few seconds.
As Digital Trends points out, the six videos are offered at different fps rates. Users can choose options recorded at 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50 and 59.94 frames per second. Even if you don’t have a 4K TV, you can check out the video—although you probably don’t want to. It’s meant to be 7 minutes of eye candy, but won’t look special on a normal HDTV or computer.
Besides a 4K TV, you’re going to need the bandwidth to accommodate this type of stream. That may be something to look into, since Netflix plans to release more 4K streaming options in 2014.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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