How to Watch Netflix in 1080p on Chrome and FireFox.
If you don’t already know, the only browsers that support 1080p playback on Netflix are Safari on macOS and Internet Explorer or Edge on Windows. If you’re using Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser, all you get is 720p on Netflix. There is no way to upgrade quality to 1080p even if you pay for it.
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Here is a complete list of the maximum resolution for each browser –
Google Chrome: up to 720p
Firefox: up to 720p
Opera: up to 720p
Safari: up to 1080p
Microsoft Edge: up to 1080p
Internet Explorer: up to 1080p
Enter Netflix 1080p, a new browser extension for Google Chrome and Firefox that will bring 1080p support to Netflix. Sounds cool? Let’s see how to set it up.
Before we start, make sure you are using the Standard or Premium plan on Netflix. Baseline only supports standard definition. So, make sure you update if you are on it.
Then in your Chrome browser, go to Netflix and find the Netflix test pattern. This is a video that gives you an idea of the resolution and original Netflix frame rate in real time. Play the video for a few seconds, you will see at the top right, the maximum resolution is 720p. You can additionally check the quality of the stream using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S.
If the bitrate is around 3000Kbps, it means 720p, and if the bitrate is ~ 4300 or 5800, it means 1080p video.
So let’s fix it. Install the Netflix 1080p extension (link below).
The extension works when you install it, however you may have to clear your browser cache first. Just click on the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the Chrome window, choose More Tools Clear Browsing Data.
Now refresh the video of the test pattern, change the stream quality by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Alt-S. And you should see an option to set the bitrate to 4300Kbps or 5800Kbps for 1080p.
So now you can play Netflix at 1080p. Some videos don’t support 1080p playback, but most videos do, so don’t worry about that.
Download Netflix 1080p (Chrome | Firefox)
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