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4K Ultra HD bitch! Breaking Bad comes to Netflix in next-gen high definition

Without much fanfare, iconic TV series Breaking Bad is now available to UK Netflix subscribers in 4K. 

The streaming service has promised that the crystal meth making series would be remastered in Ultra HD by June and the firm appears to have made good on that promise. 

Back in January, Netflix signaled its intention to deliver 4K content, primarily on Sony smart TVs, according to Netflix chief Reed Hastings. 

Bryan Cranston as teacher turned drug lord Walter White - nothing he does ever turns out right
Bryan Cranston as teacher turned drug lord Walter White – nothing he does ever turns out right

There was the distinct lack of a press release to announce its arrival, however, it was left to Joris Evers, head of communications, to tweet about the arrival of the programme. 

Breaking Bad [is] now streaming in Ultra HD 4K everywhere @netflix is available!” he said. 

Web viewers will be disappointed to learn that the series it won’t presently stream to the desktop or mobile as it won’t support Silverlight or HTML5 – only devices supporting the HEVC codec

Evers added in a later tweet: “On Ultra HD 4K Smart TVs that support Netflix in 4K only for the moment,” meaning selected LG, Samsung and Sony TVs

Viewers will also need an internet connection of around 20Mbps to watch the series as well (it actually needs a constant 15Mbps connection, but 20Mbps gives the content a bit of much-needed headroom).

Breaking Bad joins the growing stable of 4K content alongside Netflix original drama House of Cards.

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