As a Netflix customer, you may know that the stream quality on Netflix depends on a number of factors. Your subscription plan may give you access to HD or Ultra HD streams, but the Internet Connection and device you watch Netflix on may influence the video quality as well.
We talked about this previously already. If you watch Netflix on a computer, you get 4K playback only in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 or the Netflix app on Windows 10. If you don't use these applications or Windows 10, you get full HD streams or even less on Netflix on a computer.
The situation is different if you use a Smart TV or a streaming device as you may get full 4K playback using those.
Sometimes, however, you may run into streaming issues when you watch Netflix shows or movies on your computer. Examples? Constant buffering because of Internet connection issues, or a stream quality that is really bad.
You have two main options when it comes to the Netflix playback quality. I mentioned the first in Improve Netflix's cellular data video quality already and suggest you check it out for a full rundown.
The second option that you have is to open the Bitrate menu with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S. This displays all audio and video bitrates based on the selected plan, video and application.
Just click on an entry under video bitrate to switch to its quality. The higher the bitrate the better the quality and the higher the bandwidth use.
If you notice buffering issues, select a lower bitrate. You can experiment with CDNs that Netflix offers as well to see if choosing a different content distribution network server resolves issues that you are experiencing.
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