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And! ...In Canada, where I live, Netflix is NOT the same as in the USA.

Only in the sense that the catalog of available content is different. The data served for a title held in common with the US is precisely the same and it's served in exactly the same fashion, no matter where in the world the Netflix account holder happens to be (they offer subscriptions in some 19 International regions now; possibly more since the last time I checked). The Canada region library is quite a bit smaller than the US region's, but it always has some recently-released-to-disc titles (as do other regions) which aren't available in their US catalog yet because they're tied up in exclusivity agreements with premium subscription cable/satellite services like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz. I use a service based in Canada which gives me access to titles in those other catalogs by making me appear to be requesting streams from within those regions, which Netflix allows; while travelling you can access Netflix in the local region using your account from another region. (Supposedly some of the content providers object and Netflix will crack down on this somehow, but we'll see how that goes).

In general you need to be able to sustain an average of about 120% of a stream's bit rate to keep your player's buffer full. Netflix's lower bit rate 720p stream is 2350 Kbps + 192 Kbps DD+ 5.1 sound is 2542 Kbps x 1.2 is about 3000 Kbps, so yeah, the minimum bandwidth you need on your connections to Netflix is 3 Mbps to get 720p with 5.1 sound. To get the best quality 5800 Kbps 1080p with 5.1 sound you'll need around 7200 Kbps. The video is variable bitrate, so a dialog driven title with few actions scenes might maintain at a particular quality level in less bandwidth.
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Many of those guys living in the USA with high speed Internet only have stereo 2-channel sound with Netflix.

The thing is this: Netflix think they are in control, and they check things for you, and your friends too. ...That's their job, to keep their revenues floating above their vaults.
...And they are slowly but surely becoming totally extinct, obsolete, no more needed, no more valuable, no more cheap, but truly cheap.

Yes, the content is different (different titles); I've heard of that, but there is access for Canadians who want American titles instead of Canadian ones, and vice versa.
But why would you want to do that? Both countries have old titles from the prehistoric Ice Age when dinosaurs themselves weren't the rulers.

Say you can go to your local IMAX theater and see 'Jupiter Ascending' in 3D. ...Try that on Netflix.

No, if you want to stay on the edge, live life intensively the way it was meant to be; by going out, not inside Netflix, no way.
Watching Netflix, no matter where you live, is like revisiting your past life for the stuff you missed before in the present.
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But why would you want to do that? Both countries have old titles from the prehistoric Ice Age...

And yet Netflix (as of numbers from January) have some 57.4 million streaming video subs worldwide, 39 million of them in the US, a number which is steadily growing, notwithstanding your personal opinion of the value of their content . Those customers collectively stream over a billion hours of that "prehistoric" content every month. It doesn't matter how old a title is, if you haven't seen it then it's new to you. And many old titles might be favorites that you want to watch again.

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Say you can go to your local IMAX theater and see 'Jupiter Ascending' in 3D. ...Try that on Netflix.

I doubt that you will ever see any major new release titles like Jupiter Ascending available for streaming while they're still in theaters (though VUDU has some minor ones available while in theaters and some even before they open in theaters). You want to see those you have to go to the theater and certainly you'll never get that IMAX experience in your home. What I do get in my home is a clean, comfortable private environment for viewing in comfortably worn clothes that I wouldn't wear out in public and just socks on my feet; no sticky floors or other peoples too loud comments, coughing and ringing cellphones to deal with .

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No, if you want to stay on the edge, live life intensively the way it was meant to be; by going out, not inside Netflix, no way.

If that's your attitude then why are you posting in this thread ?

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You pay $60/month for 100Mbps? ...That's pretty good; you must have a very nice 1080p HD picture with DD+ 5.1 sound? ...Can you get 4K? ...And 3D?

* I post in this thread because I like to know what you guys get south of the border, and I like to share what we get north of that same border.
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...On everything streaming related.

Netflix has big numbers, and it reflex a trend here in North America; we're big on movies and documentaries and animations entertainment.
TV is number one pastime/leisure in our internal lives. ...And "they" (Netflix included) know that very well.

But there is truth in what I'm saying too; there are other better alternatives than Netflix, and with all better advantages all across the board.
Netflix is just a filling, a gap, a tooth with shot lead. ...No gold or platinum or silver or diamond here.

I'm all good myself, I don't use Netflix, but all my friends do. ...And quality varies all among them. ...But hey, Netflix is real cheap @ $9/month.
Just add a quality streamer device for it (not a smart TV and not a BR player), and you might be happy enough like the vast majority of people.

From what I saw @ my friend's places; no thank you very much I'll stick with the best, Blu-rays. ...But that's me; aside from the majority, in my own minuscule minority.
And I love 3D.

So many movies so little time.
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You pay $60/month for 100Mbps? ...That's pretty good; you must have a very nice 1080p HD picture with DD+ 5.1 sound? ...Can you get 4K? ...And 3D?

I always get 1080p and 4K (for the small subset of titles which have it). I don't have a 3D TV but I suppose that I'd get 3D if I did.

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That is excellent.

* 3D is the end of the world; without 3D we wouldn't even exist. 3D motion pictures and animations and wildlife and sports and arts and world documentaries are more important than 3D audio sound and than ultra high definition video/film (4K). And yet it won't be available with the new upcoming 4K Blu-ray discs!

Of course this is my own personal 3D view. ...It's too sad that I'm in a very small minority of true artists and art lovers when it comes to 3D cinematography and photography and paintings and sculptures. But that's life as the best things in life are not generally the preferred ones by the majority crowds.

Still, you are doing very good in 2D with Netflix; good 2K picture quality (HD @ 1080p), and heavily compressed Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) 5.1-channel surround sound.
{I just don't know how much true 4K content you guys have, and how many titles total are avail in 3D.}

And if your Netflix streaming device is reliable, and without any video/audio quality dropouts, then you must be in constant/permanent state of entertainment/happiness.

♦ By the way, what is your main/best Netflix streaming device?
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I'm waiting for Touchy feeley Mega triple UHD + 4D holograms or one of those Total Recall virtual vacation machines that works correctly ......maybe Kate Upton in a bikini ,or a big juicy Cheeseburger w/fries ,...Florence Italy ,or the Bavarian alps or Tahiti , unlimited ocean powerboat racing .. or sky diving or maybe hang gliding ,mars or mountain bike dropping off a tall peak into a beautiful valley with a cold one waiting at the bottom !......... somebody slap me and wake me up ,I'm day dreaming where is that Roku remote? ....it's the one with the Netflix button !

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* 3D is the end of the world; without 3D we wouldn't even exist. 3D motion pictures and animations and wildlife and sports and arts and world documentaries are more important than 3D audio sound and than ultra high definition video/film (4K). And yet it won't be available with the new upcoming 4K Blu-ray discs!

The public has largely rejected glasses-based 3D for the home so the manufacturers are gradually moving away from it. I bought a Vizio P602ui-B3 60" 4K TV back in October (upgrading from the 55" model that I'd bought a few weeks earlier); I'm using it as a monitor for this PC, among other things. None of Vizio's 2014 model line had 3D nor will their 2015 model line. It's a line item which does not increase sales.

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{I just don't know how much true 4K content you guys have, and how many titles total are avail in 3D.}

I gave a detailed account of the current state of Netflix's 4K offerings back in this post. The only titles which impress me with their sharpness are The Blacklist, Marco Polo (in select scenes) and The Smurfs 2 (unwatchably childish). I've only sampled the portion of Amazon's 4K library which can be viewed at no additional charge by Amazon Prime members: Amazon Original TV shows Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, Alpha House, Hand of God, Red Oaks and non-Amazon-Original Orphan Black; movies Funny Girl, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hitch and Philadelphia. They have the following for purchase in 4K: TV shows Better Call Saul and The Blacklist; films No Good Deed, MiB 3, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, In the Line of Fire, The Mask of Zorro, Bad Teacher, Ghostbusters 2, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too, Deliver Us From Evil, Julie and Julia, Taxi Driver, Premium Rush, Hard Times, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Way We Were, Elysium, The Smurfs 2, Battle Los Angeles, Godzilla (2014), Evil Dead, Alamo Bay, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett: Cheek to Cheek, Captain Phillips, Total Recall (2012), The Davinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Monuments Men, Hancock, The Other Guys, The Patriot, A Few Good Men, The Tourist, Airforce One, This Is the End and Moneyball. The non-Prime stuff cannot be rented, only purchased and is pretty overpriced, with the cheapest being $24; most are $29.99 . In general I'm unimpressed with Amazon's 4K; it looks very good but not terribly much better than their 1080p encodes of the same title. I read one blogger's account who bought The Amazing Spider-Man and felt that it was as good as his 1080p BD of the same title, which the 1080p stream was not. Amazon also has several pilot episodes of potential new original series (they haven't determined which they'll order more episodes of, if any); all were shot and produced in 4K digital and I was impressed with certain scenes of some of them.

There are very few outboard 4K video playing devices which can stream 4K Netflix, Amazon or YouTube yet; the most numerous 4K streaming players are apps in 4K smart TVs like mine.

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And if your Netflix streaming device is reliable, and without any video/audio quality dropouts, then you must be in constant/permanent state of entertainment/happiness.

I am quite happy with Netflix these days .

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♦ By the way, what is your main/best Netflix streaming device?

I have a large set of devices which can stream Netflix: my 4K smart TV, TiVo Roamio, TiVo Premiere, 2 Panasonic BDPs, Sony BDP, WD TV Live Streaming, Roku 3, Roku 2 XS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Fire TV Stick, my Android tablet and smartphone . Since my smart TV has 120Hz refresh and can accept a 24Hz signal and display it with straight frame replication (5:5 pulldown) I prefer devices which can output 24Hz signals for the streaming services' 24p-encoded content (the vast majority of Netflix, Amazon and VUDU content is encoded as 24p). The subset of my devices which can do that include TiVo Roamio, TiVo Premiere, WD TV Live and my Panasonic DMP-BDT220. (Stupidly the smart TV's apps deliver their output to the TiVo as a 60Hz signal, to which uneven 2:3 pulldown has to have been applied ). My TiVo Premiere is not in use; WD TV Live doesn't have Amazon and its Netflix UI is slow; the Panasonic BDP has slow UIs and 24Hz has to be tediously turned on each time you start up a streaming app. TiVo Roamio is my current favorite streaming device. (I'm not horribly sensitive to 2:3 pulldown judder but it gives me warm fuzzies to know that it hasn't been applied to what I'm watching ).

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Wow, you're full of Netflix streamers @ your place. You must by nuts or you have a very large family of Netflix viewers.

* And those 4K titles; they are not true 4K but upscale 2K stuff, like those Sony Blu-ray titles you can buy for the last two years or so. ...A gimmick.
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Wow, you're full of Netflix streamers @ your place. You must by nuts or you have a very large family of Netflix viewers.

I just like my A/V toys and almost any device with digital video capabilities these days has a Netflix app (I should have counted this PC; the Win8 Netflix app can stream the 1080p encodes and bitstream DD+ 5.1 out). It's not as though I bought the stuff all at once. I wouldn't have bought the Fire TV Stick at all if Amazon hadn't offered it to Prime members for $20 on the day that it came out . Some of them, like the TiVo Premiere, aren't currently connected to anything (I also left out my venerable old TiVo Series3, also not in use, though its Netflix player is limited to 720p and stereo). The PC, TiVo Roamio, WD TV Streaming, Panasonic DMP-BDT220 BDP, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku 3 and PS3 are all connected to this AVR and television.

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* And those 4K titles; they are not true 4K but upscale 2K stuff, like those Sony Blu-ray titles you can buy for the last two years or so. ...A gimmick.

Certainly not true for all of them. Many of those titles were shot on film and transferred from the film to 4K digital just as they were transferred from film to 1080 res digital. Several of the recent titles were shot to 4K or higher digital (After Earth, The Smurfs 2, Elysium, Hitchcock, Total Recall, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Think Like a Man, No Good Deed, Bad Teacher, Think Like a Man Too, Premium Rush and others). These days shooting to film is relatively rare; directors love being able to immediately review scenes on the spot (where they can immediately reshoot them if unsatisfied) without waiting hours for development. Upconversion of anything shot to 2K (or 2.8K, etc) digital to 4K is a gimmick; the upconversion is not going to improve it; there's no doubt some of that in there.

In my opinion grainy film titles transferred to 4K digital are never going to be particularly more impressive than the 1080p transfers; the same is true of older films. To get the full effect of 4K you have to shoot in 4K or higher digital.

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Only in the sense that the catalog of available content is different. The data served for a title held in common with the US is precisely the same and it's served in exactly the same fashion, no matter where in the world the Netflix account holder happens to be (they offer subscriptions in some 19 International regions now; possibly more since the last time I checked). The Canada region library is quite a bit smaller than the US region's, but it always has some recently-released-to-disc titles (as do other regions) which aren't available in their US catalog yet because they're tied up in exclusivity agreements with premium subscription cable/satellite services like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz. I use a service based in Canada which gives me access to titles in those other catalogs by making me appear to be requesting streams from within those regions, which Netflix allows; while travelling you can access Netflix in the local region using your account from another region. (Supposedly some of the content providers object and Netflix will crack down on this somehow, but we'll see how that goes).

In general you need to be able to sustain an average of about 120% of a stream's bit rate to keep your player's buffer full. Netflix's lower bit rate 720p stream is 2350 Kbps + 192 Kbps DD+ 5.1 sound is 2542 Kbps x 1.2 is about 3000 Kbps, so yeah, the minimum bandwidth you need on your connections to Netflix is 3 Mbps to get 720p with 5.1 sound. To get the best quality 5800 Kbps 1080p with 5.1 sound you'll need around 7200 Kbps. The video is variable bitrate, so a dialog driven title with few actions scenes might maintain at a particular quality level in less bandwidth.
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Wow, you're full of Netflix streamers @ your place. You must by nuts or you have a very large family of Netflix viewers.
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* And those 4K titles; they are not true 4K but upscale 2K stuff, like those Sony Blu-ray titles you can buy for the last two years or so. ...A gimmick.
Maybe some are and some aren't , it's not a stretch at all for Netflix (or any service ) to have a content provider or servicer telicine or digitize a 35mm/70mm film or 4K digital theater media into 4K format they can use if they want to. just because something is also on Blue Ray doesn't necessarily prevent 4K options in fact later films or 4K digital theater media might be more available than some older stuff .

2K digitally produced TV shows in ~ 1080p ofc would have to be upscaled somewhere along the line to afford a 4K stream ☺ .

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