In this internet era, we are always provided with a lot of opportunities to get entertained right in your hands. Netflix has been part of our digital journey with a huge content base covering a number of genres and languages. Let’s explore more and learn which is the best browser to stream Netflix content.
As you have guessed it right, we are talking about the streaming quality. It literally doesn’t matter which browser you use for normal browsing unless you are doing any complex technical stuff. But, when it comes to streaming you have to consider limitations and improvements you can do for the better video experience.
When you are streaming Netflix on a normal Laptop/Desktop screen this won’t matter much. But if you have a big slick monitor, or have connected your laptop to your TV, you won’t be getting the crisp video you could have been. Modern web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are undoubtedly the best in their nature, But one thing for sure is that if you were watching Netflix on Chrome or Firefox, you definitely weren’t getting 1080p video because it isn’t possible.
Getting into the actual logic of why we can’t stream HD content on these browsers. Netflix and all other major streaming platforms protect their content with digital rights management (DRM). DRM makes it harder for people to record video content on Netflix and pirated. Chrome and Firefox use a software powered DRM system called Widevine on their browsers and it is possible for people to use screen- capture software to record Netflix shows. So, Streaming platforms limit the playback resolution to 720p for both Chrome and Firefox on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.
Luckily, there are other web browsers out there that do support full HD streaming on Netflix, so you can always just use one of them instead.
How do we get better streaming quality?
The same DRM appears when we talk about OS provided browsers, this time Apple and Microsoft both use a hardware-based DRM system which is harder to crack than the Widevine software. This provides an edge to these browsers, Netflix allows Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari users to enjoy better picture quality.
For Windows users, Microsoft Edge is the best browser for Netflix, allowing you to enjoy resolutions of up to 4K. However, there are some specifications to get the maximum picture quality. You need to match the minimum hardware requirements of having a 4K display, 7th Gen Intel Core CPU or newer and on a Windows 10 OS build of version 1607 or newer.
The Netflix app from the Windows Store is also capable of 4K playback, you can use that if you don’t prefer the browser interface.
And for the Mac and Macbook users without any hesitation Safari is the best choice for streaming, you should be on an updated Mac OS version. If you have macOS 10.10 to 10.15 (the latest is Catalina) – you should be able to watch Netflix in full HD.
Most MacBooks have better than Full HD displays and with the macOS 11 (the Big Sur), Safari will be upgraded to support 4K streaming and you will be able to get maximum video quality from the top-tier Netflix subscription you are paying for.
There are many factors outside the browser itself that affect video performance including the amount of RAM in your computer, processor speed, and the speed of your internet connection.
Tips for Better Browser Streaming
Close other applications and browser tabs. This decreases the load on memory so that your computer can allot resources on streaming.
Use a 5 GHz frequency if your router supports it. The common 2.4 GHz frequency is used by household appliances, so it is more crowded. Use Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi if possible. If you’re viewing a movie on your computer’s large monitor, connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi.
Consider all the above factors before you start watching Netflix on a web browser. Happy Streaming!!