Netflix was one of the major internet video streaming services to offer content in 4K. Subscribers who have 4K TVs and an internet connection that can handle Ultra HD content can stream shows and other content from Netflix’s limited 4K library. The company is shooting its original shows in 4K and they’re also added to the library. Netflix reportedly went one step further with the third season of its immensely popular and award winning show House of Cards. It was filmed in 6K.
The company reportedly shot and finished season three of House of Cards in 6K even though it is only streaming the show in up to 4K resolution. Netflix hasn’t flipped the switch on 6K streaming for obvious reasons, 4K adoption hasn’t picked up yet, so it will take some time before it’s succeeded.
It has also been reported that the visual effects shots were also completed in 6K, which The Hollywood Reporter says is rare, since these high resolution productions are tough to handle and cost significantly more. The report points out that films that are finished in 4K usually have visual effects work done in 2K to cut down on production costs.
Netflix is said to have received master copies of House of Cards season 3 in 4K, apparently it has told the production house to store 6K masters in an archive, an episode in 6K reportedly comes in at 5.5TB.
Having an entire season of its best show is future-proofing at its best from Netflix. When the time comes to flip the switch on 6K streaming Netflix will have ample content on hands to move first into the market.