Originally Posted by jd_alpha
Hi All - hoping for some opinions/suggestions for movie streaming, primarily through Netflix, which I understand only recently went live in Canada. I've never streamed - total NOOB! -movie content off the internet before (up to now, I've preferred to rent blu-rays, but our last major rental chain in Canada has just closed up shop).
I've got a 70" Elite TV, Elite SC-57 AVR, Oppo 95 blu-ray, and a PS3. The TV, Oppo, and PS3 are all currently internet connected through wi-fi. What would be the ideal way to stream content from Netflix from a quality perspective with this set up? Would it be a pain to configure and utilize on an on-going basis? What are all the feasible options? Any special Canadian considerations? Know of any good information sources for Netflix/streaming on the web?
Thanks in Advance,
It's actually very straightforward. There's no magic to it, nor any particular technical background you need to have (once you get your player connected to the Internet in the first place).
Using your computer, go to the Netflix web site and sign up for an account that includes "Watch Instantly" streaming. You will now be able to do streaming on any device that includes Netflix client software. That includes both your Oppo and your PS3.
As it turns out, Netflix (which creates the client software) has a newer version of their software running on the PS3, so you might prefer doing your Netflix steaming there.
When you get your player connected to the Internet and start the Netflix app it will show a code on screen that you have to type into your account on the Netflix web site (i.e., using your computer) to "activate" the player -- i.e., to associate the player with the Netflix account you are paying for.
At that point you can select titles to watch. Some will be standard definition. Others will be HD.
Alternatively, you can user your computer to browse Netflix' catalog of titles available for streaming on their web site and add titles to your "Watch Instantly Queue". This is nothing more than a convenient list of titles you are interested in watching. When you run the Netflix app on the player you can see the current list of titles in your Instant Queue and select any of them for playback.
Netflix charges a fixed fee per month for streaming, so you pay the same amount whether you stream a lot of stuff or none at all. Contrast with services like VUDU on the 95 where you pay a rental fee for each title you choose to view, thus the more you view the more it costs. There are no special considerations for use in Canada except that the list of titles Netflix offers does vary by country.
Streaming video quality is not great. Netflix "compresses" their video a lot. But it is fine for casual viewing. Your best bet for Netflix from the 95 is to use HDMI 1 for video with explicit 1080p as your output resolution. Video quality also depends on the speed of your Internet service. This is particularly true if you stream HD titles. If your Intenet service is 6 Megabits per second or faster download speed you are fine. Less than that and you will see lowered quality but it will still work.
Streaming will of course count against any usage limits on your Internet service. So keep track of usage (see your account information at your Internet service provider) until you get a feel for it. This can be a particular problem in Canada since some Canadian Internet providers put very low usage caps on their accounts and charge fees for going over. If that's a problem, the My Account portion of Netflix' web site lets you tell Netflix to limit the bit rate it uses for streaming -- lower quality, but less danger of using up your Internet service cap each month.