I got my 2.35 screen up and running (love it) and am now on the hunt for 2.35 content to watch. I've been renting blurays, but hoping that I could find more 2.35 content on Netflix streaming. I found all of one thread on this topic on the internet and it lists less than 10 movies that stream in 2.35. Most threads only talk about how movies were all converted to 16:9 for netflix. Most, but not all are. I watched the new Star Trek on netflix streaming and it was shown in the 2.35 format. I'm guessing that some of the content coming through the EPIX deal is still encoded in 2.35, but I have to hunt around just to find out what movies may have come through that deal. Although it doesn't matter anymore, I think STARZ cut all their 2.35 to 16:9.
So, I'm reaching out to the 2.35 gurus. Do you all know of any lists for netflix streaming in 2.35? I would certainly appreciate it!
Playing around with Netflix tonight. I realized that you could use the previews avail on the ps3 version of Netflix to make a reasonable guess if the movie is going to be 2.35 or 16:9. [Skinny face = 2.35, normal face = 16:9]
Here's what I found so far that does stream on Netflix in 2.35
- star trek
- black hawk down
- the expendables
- ip man 2
not all netflix movies are HD, but a lot are. They can run in 1080p on PS3, not sure about other players. Some movies stream 5.1 audio too. They still don't equal the picture quality of a blu ray, though. They are compressed too much for streaming.
yes, they vary 720, 1080. it will say HD, but I don't think it will say the quality of HD. furthermore, even with 720 or 1080 content, the quality will vary on a PS3 (what I use) because the PS3 places a premium on continuous streaming. Rather than keeping the quality constant and interrupting the stream, it will try to keep the stream constant and fluctuate the quality of the feed.
I love the original Conan the Barbarian. Great find. That and Beastmaster are my favorites of that genre.
Btw, I think the consensus is that the PS3 is the best Netflix streaming device (video and audio considered). I use the Netflix streaming service and Redbox blurays for 2.35 movies. I may look into upgrading my Netflix service to include Blurays. Right now I only have streaming.
Unfortunately for us Canadians we have different services up here than you do in the US, so no Netflix for bluray and no Redbox. From what I understand of our mailbox bluray companies they suck for service.
Of course bluray will give the best PQ but since Blockbuster closed down we're left with fewer resources for blurays.