Breaking Bad just got even better as the iconic hit US series is given a 4K upgrade for UK Netflix subscribers.
With Netflix having previously promised that Breaking Bad would be remastered in 4K by June, the American streaming company has proven true to its word, with the Ultra HD content now available across all territories.
Netflix’s Joris Evers broke the news, taking to Twitter to confirm: “Breaking Bad [is] now streaming in Ultra HD 4K everywhere @netflix is available!”
If you’re not seeing the 4K stream on your device, fret not, Evers went on to add that the UHD service is available “On Ultra HD 4K Smart TVs that support Netflix in 4K only for the moment.”
Netflix has the licensing rights to stream the Sony owned series epic. With the Breaking Bad now successfully remastered in 4K, the complete five series of the show are available not only in full 4K resolution, but with 5.1 surround sound to boot.
While the 4K Breaking Bad stream will not be relevant to many, with 4K TVs still costing a pretty penny, the move is a statement of intent from Netflix which already offers Originals series House of Cards in 4K.
Speaking with TrustedReviews at the company’s Silicone Valley HQ last month, Netflix’s Chief Streaming and Partnerships Officer, Greg Peters expressed the company’s interest in pursuing 4K.
“We are super excited to do 4K,” Peters told us.
He added: “We will do Breaking Bad from Sony but we will do all of the Originals that we do that have a style that benefits from that better video quality.
“You will see us license more and more content in 4K as studios start to produce that.
“We have House of Cards but we are also doing licensing in terms of 4K content so you will see a couple of other titles that I would characterise as iCandy documentaries – they look really good and they really show off the capabilities of these displays.”
Although one of the leading backers of the 4K movement, Peters has admitted that the beyond HD content will remain a very niche aspect of the Netflix offering for some time yet.
“It won’t be a lot – we are talking stuff that’s new or stuff that’s been remastered off of film – but you will see more and more,” he said.
“It will start small, but it will get bigger and bigger.”
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