×

Comcast Now Lets You Watch Netflix Ultra HD 4K Content on X1 Set-Tops

Comcast’s Xfinity X1 customers can access Netflix’s more than 1,200 hours of content in Ultra HD 4K content — including original series like “Stranger Things” — through their cable set-top.

The cable operator announced that Xfinity customers who have 4K-capable X1 devices can now browse and stream Netflix 4K movies and shows. Those include original films, documentaries, specials and series such as “The Crown,” “Narcos,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Ozark,” “Mindhunter,” “Okja” and “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

Access to Netflix’s Ultra HD content requires a “Premium” subscription, which now costs $13.99 per month after the company raised prices in the U.S. Netflix recommends an internet connection speed of at least 25 megabits per second to stream 4K titles.

According to Comcast, Xfinity X1 customers will need the XG1v4 set-top box to access Netflix in Ultra HD. If a movie or TV show is available in 4K, the default playback will be in 4K.

Comcast first launched support for Netflix in November 2016, as part of its strategy to be the “input A” provider for all video-related entertainment to customers. The operator added YouTube to the X1 platform last month.

Comcast plans to “continue to rapidly expand the UHD programming choices available on the platform,” according to Brynn Lev, Comcast Cable VP of editorial and programming, content strategy and operations.

In the future, Comcast plans to support search and discovery of 4K content on X1 with the voice remote, as well as curated collections within Xfinity On Demand, and the option to choose a playback method (i.e., in 4K or HD) by program.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • T.J. Dillashaw, right, kicks Cody Garbrandt

    Disney Plans UFC Broadcast for FX

    UFC matches will return to FX  – but not on a permanent basis. ESPN has been showing preliminary bouts to UFC pay-per-view events for the last while on ESPN and ESPN2, and then showing the main card on its ESPN+ subscription video service. In September, the early lineup will air on FX, which the UFC [...]

  • fundo logo

    Google‘s Area 120 Is Testing Fundo, a Crowdfunding Service for Creators (EXCLUSIVE)

    Google’s skunkworks lab Area 120 has been quietly testing an events-centric crowdfunding service for YouTubers, Variety has learned. Called Fundo, the service allows creators to invite their fans to virtual meet & greet sessions and other paid online events. A Google spokesperson confirmed the testing in a statement provided to Variety: “One of the many [...]

  • Telling Lies - Logan Marshall-Green

    Sam Barlow's 'Telling Lies' Government-Surveillance Thriller Game Sets Release Date

    After more than two years in the works, “Telling Lies” — the investigative thriller from acclaimed game creator Sam Barlow — is ready to take the stage. The game, produced with and released by Annapurna Interactive, will be available next Friday, Aug. 23, via Steam and Apple’s Mac and iOS app stores. “Telling Lies” will [...]

  • YouTube logo

    YouTube Will Stop Letting Copyright Holders Seize Revenue via Manual Claims on Very Short Music Clips

    YouTube is pushing back against overzealous copyright policing by music companies. Starting in mid-September, the video giant will forbid copyright holders from making manual claims to commandeer revenue generated by YouTube videos that include very short music clips (e.g., five seconds of a song) or “unintentional” music (like music from passing cars). “One concerning trend [...]

  • Chelsea Handler memoir book buy online

    Chelsea Handler Bonds With Alexa in iHeartRadio Smart Speaker Promo

    iHeartRadio has teamed up with Amazon to promote Chelsea Handler’s podcast “Life Will Be The Death Of Me.” Beginning this Thursday, users of Amazon’s Echo smart speaker and other devices with Alexa built-in can opt to get their mornings started with Handler cracking jokes and exchanging banter with the smart assistant. Users simply have to [...]

  • David Messinger, Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO

    Activision Blizzard tapped David Messinger, a former 15-plus-year veteran of CAA, as its first corporate-wide chief marketing officer. Messinger, based in Santa Monica, reports to Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard’s president and COO. It’s the first time the video-game company has appointed a CMO who will oversee the global marketing operations across all of Activision Blizzard [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content