macOS Big Sur will enable customers to stream Netflix in 4K HDR for the primary time, nevertheless it appears to be like like solely a handful of Macs will assist the function.
As reported by Apple Terminal, streaming Netflix content material in 4K would require greater than a Mac that helps Big Sur. It noticed a newly-updated assist doc on Netflix’s Help Center that reveals solely units with a T2 Security chip will assist the high-quality streaming.
The assist web page confirms that in addition to a Mac with macOS 11.0 Big Sur and the most recent model of Safari put in, a 60Hz 4K-capable show, you’ll want a “select 2018 or later Mac with an Apple T2 Security chip.”
This means so as to stream Netflix in 4K on macOS, you’ll want a MacGuide Pro (2018 or later), MacGuide Air (2018 or later), Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (2019), an iMac Pro or Apple’s newest iMac 2020.
News of the stringent necessities hasn’t gone down effectively with macOS customers on Reddit, with one consumer complaining: “The most likely theory appears to be studios insisting on stronger Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections against content ripping. Reddit users note that there are also specific chip requirements for 4K Netflix streaming on Windows PCs.”
The cause for the bizarre requirement stays unclear, however one Reddit consumer has speculated that it stems from research insisting on stronger Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections in opposition to content material ripping.
Some are additionally suggesting that maybe that is Netflix’s approach of making certain that viewers do not attempting and stream HDR content material on older Mac units, which may end result sub-par efficiency.
macOS Big Sur is now as much as its ninth public beta, and is more likely to rollout to the general public later this month.