Watching Netflix in 1080p HD on Firefox or Chrome

Mar 16, 2018
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To watch Netflix in a good resolution for a big screen - like 1080p - you will have to use the buggy app that only works in Microsoft Edge. Forget about it if you have a Mac. According to Statcounter, 59.69% of the market is under the dominion and frequent use of Google Chrome. But it is possible to watch Netflix in 1080p in your favorite browser. Just follow these simple steps to enjoy your favorite series hassle-free.

1. Download the extension
If you are a Google Chrome user you can download ‘Netflix 1080p’. For Firefox it’s ‘Force 1080p playback for Netflix’. Once you have downloaded the one that suits you best, install it on your device.

2. Bring the resolution bitrate menu
The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S to bring up the resolution menu. Start a Netflix show that’s available in 1080p HD. Once the show screen appears, bring up the menu to choose the resolution that suits you best.

3. Choose the best option for you
Once the menu is up, you need to choose the most suitable option for you. The menu has three columns to choose from. The available bitrates for the current show is in the middle one.

Some considerations
  • ■ This add-on will only work if your Netflix account supports HD content. Not all the plans you can get through them do. If your account doesn´t support it, you will not find the option available in the menu.
    ■ You will need to perform this step everytime you start watching a new series or movie. There is no ‘perpetual fix’. Whenever you want to watch anything in that resolution, you have to perform the keyboard shortcut and select the bitrate again, even if it is the same show over and over.
    ■ Your speed connection plays a major role in the overall stability of 1080p playback. Make sure you have a strong and constant flow of mbps, otherwise your experience will be compromised.
    ■ For those using a VPN to run Netflix, the VPN might reduce your speed and prevent Netflix playing the content in HD.
    ■ Not all content is available in HD in every country, so if you’re using a VPN make sure your desired content is available in HD in your targeted country.
 
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