Netflix now has a new addition to its limited, but growing, 4K list in the form of the vastly popular Sony owned show ‘Breaking Bad’.
The award winning crime drama follows the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a science teacher who is diagnosed with lung cancer. In an effort to secure his family’s financial wellbeing before his death, he teams up with ex-student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and the pair begin to produce and sell methamphetamine (crystal meth).
‘Breaking Bad’ is already available on Netflix but now viewers can view it in ultra HD 4K with 5.1 surround sound.
It was established last month that Netflix would start streaming the HD version of the show in June, a decision that followed the 4K airing of the Netflix original show ‘House of Cards’.
Netflix has also stated that they will be shooting all of their original shows in 4K from this point on.
The 4K content comes at no extra charge and according to journalist Joris Evers is available wherever Netflix is available. However, in order to view the 4K content the viewer must have a 4K TV, which is able to decode the HEVC codec that is used by Netflix to stream it shows.
It is interesting to note that Netflix is also testing new extras for use with for example, “Orange is The New Black”. When a cast member is interviewed, in a feature called Behind the Bars, the viewer can either shift to the scene in the show about which the cast member was interviewed, or go on to the next cast member’s piece. Netflix has not been clear on whether everyone will get this feature or if it’s part of its initial testing process which it sends to 50,000 users before either binning it or adding it for all viewers.