Netflix has become the best legal streaming platform, thanks to exclusive TV series (not visible on other platforms) and movies, also available in high definition. The strengths of Netflix are the price, the rich catalog constantly updated and the apps, available for practically any known device. But if we want to exploit the new Ultra HD TV, we will have to push Netflix to play content at this resolution, so as to enjoy high visual quality. In this guide we will show you how to watch Netflix movies in UHD on all compatible TVs with 4K resolution (i.e. 3840 × 2160 pixels in television).
On compatible devices the Ultra HD resolution on Netflix is available with i HDR colorsfor even higher picture quality.
See Netflix in 4K UHDTo be able to watch Netflix in 4K UHD we will have to activate the right subscription on the platform and use one of the devices listed in the various chapters. If we already have one of the devices mentioned, just configure the Netflix account to be able to access the contents with the highest resolution.
Activate your Netflix subscription for Ultra HDTo see Ultra HD movies and TV series on Netflix we will need to subscribe Premium, which currently costs € 15,99 per month.
If we have already activated Netflix, we can proceed with the change of the subscription plan by taking us to the dedicated page from any web browser on PC. Don't have a Netflix subscription yet? We can fix it immediately by reading our dedicated guide How Netflix City works with streaming movies and TV series.
NOTE: : to be able to take advantage of the streaming in Ultra HD, an Internet line of at least 25 Megabits per second in download is required. To perform the speed test and to get a faster line, we recommend that you read our articles Check your internet connection speed e Best Optical Fiber: check coverage and offers.
Smart TV appThe easiest and fastest way to watch Netflix in 4K UHD involves installing the official Netflix app on our Ultra HD Smart TV.
On many Samsung and LG TVs it is already available among the default apps (complete with a dedicated button on the remote control), just select it and log in with our Netflix Premium account to immediately get the Ultra HD. If we do not see the Netflix app among those available, we open the app store on our Smart TV and search for "Netflix" in the search field, so that we can install it on the TV. On paper, all UHD TVs produced after 2015 should be compatible with Netflix at the highest quality, but we can always check on the Internet indicating the model of TV we have.
To learn more about the topic, we recommend that you read our guide Best apps for Smart TV Samsung, LG and Android.
Sky Q decoderAnother very convenient way to watch Netflix in 4K UHD involves using the Sky Q decoder, included in all new Sky subscriptions.
By connecting the Sky Q Premium, the Sky Q Black or the Sky Q Fiber to an Ultra HD TV (via HDMI) and to the home Internet network, we will be able to access the Netlix catalog directly from the decoder interface, without having to open the dedicated app, however available (we will see the best Netflix contents directly in the home Smart of the Sky Q).
In this way we can switch from Sky satellite channels to Netflix on-demand content via voice commands or with the remote control buttons. To learn more, we refer you to reading the official Sky Q guide.
4K game consoleIf we have an Xbox One X, an Xbox One S or a PlayStation 4 Pro connected to an Ultra HD TV, we will be able to access Netflix content at the highest quality without having to use other devices.
All we have to do is connect the console to the Internet, access the app Store within the console and start the search for the "Netflix" app, so that we can install it. Once installed, start it and enter the login credentials to be able to watch Netflix in Ultra HD on our TV between one game session and another.
Chromecast UltraDo we have an Ultra HD TV without the Netflix app or a 4K monitor? In these cases we can watch Netflix in Ultra HD by connecting a Chromecast Ultra to one of the HDMI ports.
Once connected, simply use the Google Home app to connect it to your home Internet network and make it visible to other network devices.
Once the configuration is complete, open the Netflix app on Android or iOS, enter the login credentials of our Netflix account and press the Cast symbol, so as to match the app to the Chromecast Ultra; now all we have to do is start one of the contents in Ultra HD to play them on the TV.
To learn more about the topic, we recommend that you read our guide Which Chromecast to buy: differences between Ultra and normal.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4KThe alternative to Chromecast to watch Netflix in 4K UHD is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, available for € 59.
Just connect the dongle to an HDMI port on the 4K TV, connect it to your home Internet network and start downloading the Netflix app optimized for Fire TV.
To learn more, we advise you to read our article Fire TV Stick with voice commands and 4K Ultra HD quality, on Amazon.
TV Box compatible with Netflix UHDIf we have a certified TV Box, we will be able to watch Netflix in 4K UHD by installing the Netflix app from the store and entering the credentials inside it.
Currently, the TV Boxes certified for Netflix in Ultra HD are:
- Apple TV 4K (€ 219)
- Nvidia Shield TV (199 €)
- TIMvision (114 €)
- Xiaomi Mi Box S (59 €)
- Vodafone TV
Not all TV Boxes are compatible with Netflix in Ultra HD, especially Chinese ones with non-certified Android); on the latter we will be able to install the Netflix app from the Play Store, but we will be able to view the contents at SD resolution (the lowest).
To learn more about the topic, we advise you to read our article The best apps to have on Android TV Box.
ConclusionsAs we have seen in the various chapters, we can use different methods to view Netflix in Ultra HD, so as to take advantage of the new TVs with a high diagonal and higher quality panels (especially if we have focused on an OLED).
In the vast majority of cases it will be enough to install the specific app on the Smart TV, but we can also see Netflix in UHD from game consoles, from the Sky Q decoder and on 4K monitors (thanks to the Chromecast Ultra, the Fire Stick 4K and the TV Boxes ).
If we are new to Netflix and want to learn how to use it, we recommend that you read our two insights on Netflix tricks, functions and secret settings to know and how Find movies and TV series by genre on Netflix.
All the ways to watch Netflix in 4K UHD