Streaming 4K/HDR Content on PC - Not for us!

Discussion in 'The HTPC, HDTV & Ultra High Definition section' started by dk_lightning, May 11, 2024.

  1. dk_lightning

    dk_lightning Ancient Guru

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    Unless you use Netflix that is.

    Why is it Disney, Amazon, Paramount and im sure others do not let PC users stream 4K/HDR??

    I have a HDR display, 4K resolution, Fast internet and a PC more than capable.

    Am I doing something wrong so I don't get it?

    I do get HDR stuff to work sometimes on Amazon Prime Video when using Chrome but not when using the Windows App.

    What gives.. It's so frustrating to watch 1080p content on a 4k 32" screen. It looks "ok" but 4k on Netflix with HDR support is much better IMO. So if Netflix can do it whats the excuse of everyone else?

    I am now looking at getting a cheap-ish 4k 50-55 inch HDR capable TV (At least HDR 600 like my monitor)

    /rant
     
  2. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Here's my guesses:

    It's a business decision based on the cost of traffic per account / subscription first (as you don't get highest bitrates either, under any paying circumstances).
    Then there might be the idea that they don't even want you to use a PC to stream in the first place. Yes, this is an agenda, since PC users are better at tackling too nosy ads and data grabs.
    Third, since I used the apps on TVs for different streaming services, I always had to admit to myself, subjectively Netflix has the best UI of those I've tested, and the most responsive and quickest to load app too.
     
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    rflair Don Coleus Staff Member

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    Its probably a piracy thing, the PC isn't locked down hard enough.
     
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    pegasus1 Ancient Guru

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