Alyssa Thorne
Updated Sep 09, 2016 @ 6:29 pm
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Netflix and chilling (literally, chilling — we’re not using a euphemism, we’re talking pajamas, wine, popcorn, Olivia Pope-style Netflixing) isn’t as simple as you’d think. It’s long been accepted that any web browser is better than Safari or Internet Explorer, both of which seem to exist in a time-space vacuum from the early 2000s compared to the much more customizable, speedy, and user-friendly Chrome or Firefox or even Opera.

However, if you’re not using Internet Explorer, Safari, or Microsoft Edge, your Netflix isn’t streaming in its highest possible quality!

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Yeah, we’re TOTALLY shocked, too. Everything we’ve ever known about internet browsers has been a lie, as we all know that Netflix is one of the most crucial parts of our online experience. But it’s true, denizens of the world wide web.

According to a report from Brit + Co, if you’re not using IE, Safari, or Microsoft Edge, your streaming quality is capped at 720p, which is good… but it’s not NEARLY as nice as the 1080p you can achieve with those three browsers.

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Go forth, and use ye olde web browsers to enjoy Netflix in high def. It’s going to improve your life by a solid 360p, which is NOT NOTHING when you’re trying to catch every detail of Cillian Murphy’s beautiful blue eyes on Peaky Blinders.