To Google's dismay, the upcoming Microsoft Edge is the first Chromium-based browser to support both WideVine and PlayReady DRM technologies.
In video streaming from Netflix to a computer, the resolution depends on the browser and the DRM used.
For example, Apple's Safari can run on 1080p with FairPlay DRM, while Firefox and Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome, Opera and Brave can play up to 720p using WideVine DRM technology.
Users who want additional resolution can install an extension called Netflix 1080p and allow streaming to 1080p on Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, on the other hand, use Microsoft's PlayReady DRM technology, which allows 1080p resolution in Internet Explorer and 1080p - 4K in Microsoft Edge.
- Google Chrome
- Up to 720p on Windows, Mac, and Linux
- Up to 1080p on Chrome OS
- Internet Explorer up to 1080p
- Microsoft Edge up to 4K *
- Mozilla Firefox up to 720p
- Opera up to 720p
- Safari to 1080p on Mac OS X 10.10.3 or later
* Streaming in 4K requires an HDCP 2.2 compliant connection to a 4K capable display, Intel's 7th generation Core CPU, and the latest Windows updates. Check with the manufacturer of your system to verify specifications.
Chromium-based browsers support streaming from Netflix to 720p, and Edge users are concerned that the new Edge will have limited analytics capabilities.
This will not happen as Microsoft has added PlayReady DRM to the upcoming Microsoft Edge browser, allowing app users to view Netflix videos in 1080p HD and 4K UHD.
Reddit users who tried video playback on the new Netflix Edge they mention that streaming at 4K is smooth and without delays.