Microsoft: Only Microsoft Edge Will Play Netflix Content At 1080p On Your PC

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  1. Babel-17

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    https://news.slashdot.org/story/16/...will-play-netflix-content-at-1080p-on-your-pc

    I'm crossposting this on two other forums I frequent.

    I can tentatively confirm this. Pretty sweet seeing the difference. "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D" is what I used with both Firefox and in Edge to test. Both of them started off in lower resolution, 480p-540p, but then Firefox settled in at 720p while Edge did go up to 1080p. I just now realize I should have checked Firefox's bitrate, to see if it matched that of Edge even though at only 720p. Either way, I think Edge looked better. And to think I never used it other than for testing.

    https://news.slashdot.org/story/16/...will-play-netflix-content-at-1080p-on-your-pc
    Discussion is a bit excited at slashdot, the question as to why Edge has the ability why others don't comes up. It seems copy protection and enabling access by jumping through a Microsoft hoop have to do with it.

    I wish every browser could do it, but it's nice to suddenly have the improvement. Jessica Jones just got hotter! :)

    P.S. Off Topic, but for fun when I watch Jessica Jones I sometimes imagine Krysten Ritter as her character Chloe from Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. She sort of had super powers. Well, super partying powers that made her immune to hangovers. I imagine Chloe discovering other powers and becoming Jessica Jones. I'm sort of surprised there isn't a youtube video of that. :)
     
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    What in the?

    Well, might as well try the XBO test as well. See if edge browser is outputting higher resolution than their app does.


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    Unless you're using a PC with no admin privileges, why not just use the netflix app instead?
     
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    Lol would be funny if he Netflix app didn't do 1080p.


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    I tested the Windows 10 app on a Jessica Jones episode, using "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D", and it too gave me 1080p. The app has gotten a better gui from what it once had (IIRC), it feels easier to navigate than I remember. Though my memory is mostly of the Windows 8.1 days, back when I'd look for "Super HD" to be labeled on some of the content.
     
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    I guess I found navigating the old app too tedious in comparison to navigating in the browser. I'd keep Netflix in a browser tab and frequently pause to use other tabs. No real decision, it was just the groove I got in. It probably helped that were periods of time where the Netflix app was broken for me. That might have been due to it formerly using Silverlight, but whatever the reason I'd end up using my browser, though that too would sometimes have issues, one of them being Silverlight updates.
     
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    Now that you mention it, I only use the app with my windows tablet for touch use. In the living room I use the PS4 so I've never had this browser dilemma before.
     
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