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post #1 of 3 Old 08-24-2013, 10:52 AM - Thread Starter
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I love the new term LLE. I still get it no matter what setting, and I hate it. I then realized that what the heck, it might be the make up artists fault! Anyway, I just discovered something by accidant and m wondering if anyone else has run across this, I was watching a nature type of show on Netflix streaming through my Roku 2 HD. Right now my Roku is connected via HDMI to my Denon 5308 AV receiver (antiquated already- arrrrg), and from there to my Sony. I then decided just to see what the picture looked like using the Sony's "smart" Netflix app. The picture quality was significantly better! I thought that perhaps my Denon was doing something wacky to the picture, so I hooked the Roku directly into the Sony. I could not see any difference between that and it going through my Denon. So how is it the Sony's Netflix app produces such a more clearer and more vivid pic? Keep in mind the interent speed in all cases is the same. I have a ticket about this with Roku support, and so far they are scratching their heads.
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I use Netflix through the app on my Sharp 80" TV. No ROKU or other device for direct comparison, but with my 6mb DSL speed I get better PQ on Netflix than I do from my DISH HD connection.

I had never tried Netflix before getting a TV with the app included, as I never expected the quality to be that good. To say I was surprised is an understatement.

I do tend to watch titles either in HD or SuperHD on Netflix, which tends to help.

Not sure what the difference between the internal app and the ROKU might be...
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I don't post too often but had to reply to this one, as I saw the exact same thing. Had to return my Roku 2 because of it. There was significantly better picture from my PS3 in direct comparisons using Netflix (no other apps had the issue). The only conclusion I could come up with was for some reason when the Roku 2 was testing the connection, it didn't meet the requirements for full hd so it would output sd. I haven't read that any others have the problem, so it could be a bad Roku 2 or just some weird quirk with the internet connection test.

That was about a year ago and have since bought a Roku 3 - which has great Netflix HD pq quality, no problem.

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