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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.
...See what I mean, and time is not important only life is important.

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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.

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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 ......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 or mountain bike dropping off a tall peak into a beautiful valley with a cold one waiting at the bottom !

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