Sorry if this was answered elsewhere in the forums.
I'm trying to understand the hardware requirements of Netflix streaming. I have a PC hooked up via DVI->HDMI adapter with a dual core 3800+ amd, 2 Gb DDR and a 6800GT video card running Vista 32bit. I've used this PC to play back 1080P blu-ray rips without any problems, however the netflix is unwatchable. The quality is decent, but the lipsync is way off. If I watch this on my 6600 quad core with 8Gb of ram and an 8800GTX running Vista 64 bit, it works very well.
I know the first PC is a little dated but it is well beyond what NetFlix states for required hardware. Also, I can play a 13meg 1080p files and watch hulu or Joox videos without any issue. The nature of this performance seems to be more software related, so maybe I have a codec/driver issue. Perhaps I should reinstall.
Right now I'm having terrific success with PlayOn running through my main PC streaming directly to PS3 or even to my DirectTV tuner (although no FF/ReWind is NOT cool), but I don't want to spend money on PlayOn when I have a physical computer hooked up to the TV.
So does anyone use a PC in their home entertainment for Netflix or is it all Roku and XBOX360 users. If so, what system and hardware do you use and what has been your experience? Anyone else use PlayOn or a similar bridging software (preferably somthing free?).