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scowl's Avatar scowl 09:02 PM Yesterday
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post
I resisted streaming for a long time because of its inferiority to BDs but I have learned that the (slight) compromises I have to make in image and audio quality are a small price to pay for programming that I probably won't want to see but once.
For programming you wish to see only but once, Netflix still has Blu-ray discs. They've always worked for me. To me blurriness and dropped frames and lossy sound (and in my case missing sound) are serious compromises. That's why I gladly pay extra for it.

I'm sure if there were nothing else, I'd learn to like it like a good customer.

mailiang's Avatar mailiang 10:25 PM Yesterday
I'm on both plans, and although I watch most of the big blockbusters on BD, I'm quite impressed with streaming quality, which in many cases comes surprisingly close to what I experience from physical media on my Panasonic Plasma. Will streaming kill physical media?


Ian
michaeltscott's Avatar michaeltscott 10:30 PM Yesterday
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Originally Posted by gwsat View Post
Until Netflix did away with it, it showed most stuff as having 1080 Super HD quality.

Before Netflix did away with what? Super HD? It was just a label for the 4300- and 5800 Kbps 1080p video encodes. What they did away with is the 3800 Kbps 1080p encode and the Super HD label. Now all 1080p video is "Super HD".

The bad thing about getting rid of the Super HD label is that some HD titles are limited to 720p; before they got rid of the Super HD label, those were labelled simply HD. Now both 720p-only and 1080p titles are all labelled simply HD so you can't tell which are 720p (except in the Win8 app, the last Netflix player I have which still has that label).
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 10:37 PM Yesterday
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The bad thing about getting rid of the Super HD label is that some HD titles are limited to 720p; before they got rid of the Super HD label, those were labelled simply HD. Now both 720p-only and 1080p titles are all labelled simply HD so you can't tell which are 720p (except in the Win8 app, the last Netflix player I have which still has that label).
I agree. Luckily my smart TV app tells me what rez I'm getting. Haven't come across any 720p titles lately, but most of what I watch are the newer releases anyway.


Ian
michaeltscott's Avatar michaeltscott 10:56 PM Yesterday
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post
I agree. Luckily my smart TV app tells me what rez I'm getting. Haven't come across any 720p titles lately, but most of what I watch are the newer releases anyway.

That's the thing though--are you only getting 720p because that's all that's available for the title or because you're strangely not getting enough bandwidth for 1080p?

First world problem .
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 09:59 AM Today
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That's the thing though--are you only getting 720p because that's all that's available for the title or because you're strangely not getting enough bandwidth for 1080p?

First world problem .
I usually watch Netflix on my Panasonic TV. Since the titles are usually newer releases, they have all been in 1080p. As you know, I have Cablevision, and since they changed my plan, my download speed now averages between 50 and 60 mbps. Also, as I posted earlier, I haven't experienced any problem ramping up to 5800 kps on any of my devises, except the ones that have the old interface which is limited to 720p.

Ian
Gary J's Avatar Gary J 10:37 AM Today
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I have Cablevision, and since they changed my plan, my download speed now averages between 50 and 60 mbps.
They changed your plan meaning that is their standard offering or you upgraded?
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 03:10 PM Today
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They changed your plan meaning that is their standard offering or you upgraded?
When they raised their pricing on the 15 meg plan (I was actually getting close to 20) I called and complained. They couldn't reduce the price, so they gave me the higher 50 meg plan at the 15 meg rate.

Ian
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