Netflix posts eight full minutes of 4K

Netflix have uploaded a number of versions of a seven-minute, documentary-style film of Mexico called El Fuente. It can be viewed in six resolutions in all, including 25 MP, 30 MP, 50 MP, 2997 MP, and 5994 MP, and, most significantly for next generation TV, 4K.

This 4K clip is eight minutes long at 24-frames a second (that’s 11,520 frames in all, according to the IP&TV in-house calculator).

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has already gone on record with his intention to deliver 4k to the streaming service by 2014, claiming you’ll only need about 15 Mbps to watch 4k videos. To put this in impressive perspective, a 1080p Super HD video from Netflix utilises roughly 5-7 Mbps.

Interesting stuff.

Meanwhile, if you missed yesterday’s IP&TV exclusive interview with Mark Harrison of the BBC, discussing the corporation’s own long-term plans for 4K, read it here.

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