Netflix claims it has the largest library of 4K content, but if you want to stream 4K Netflix on your Mac, the company has announced a surprising spec requirement: you need a Mac with a T2 security chip …
Netflix has published the requirements on a support page.
Netflix is available in Ultra HD on Mac computers. To stream in Ultra HD you will need:
A Mac computer with macOS 11.0 Big Sur installed.
The latest version of the Safari browser
Choose a 2018 or later Mac computer with an Apple T2 security chip
A 60Hz 4K-capable display (with HDCP 2.2 connection for external display).
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However, the streaming video company doesn’t explain the reason for the T2 chip requirement, leading to some confused Reddit users.
“That doesn’t make sense to me. The only Macs that could really benefit from 4k streaming without an external monitor are the 4k and 5k iMacs, but only 2 models (the Pro and the new 2020 27 ″) can stream it. Windows computers don’t have a T2 alternative and can still stream 4k through Edge or the native app. All you need is a 7th generation Intel CPU or a dedicated graphics card. Does anyone know why that is? “
“IMO, that’s pretty exaggerated. I now have a machine that is perfectly capable of 4K streaming but is arbitrarily limited because it doesn’t have a T2. This is quite anti-consumer even for Apple. “
The most likely theory seems to be studios that insist on stronger digital rights management (DRM) protection against content ripping. Reddit users note that 4K Netflix streaming on Windows PCs also has special chip requirements.
“Hollywood demands that it be decrypted via hardware. Windows users cannot watch 4K content even without a supported processor (Kaby Lake and above), so this is not unique to Apple. Get mad at Hollywood, not Apple. “
“This is not an Apple choice. The video providers (Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) do not allow the videos to be played without DRM, and DRM is built into the T2. “
“4K Netflix on Windows also requires special hardware that was introduced with Intel’s Kaby Lake:
Intel’s 7th generation Core CPU (i3, i5 or i7 models of the 7xxx or 7Yxx series) or newer or an NVIDIA GPU that meets these requirements. “
“Microsoft offers a different DRM method. (PlayReady I think). Apple’s method involves the T2 chip. “
Some Reddit users consider this a counterproductive move, arguing that imposing conditions that relatively few computers and monitors can meet will simply bring people back to piracy again.
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