I haven't the time to read all the posts in this huge thread, (let alone the whole forum!!) but I note some posters are aware that the internet is an international phenomenon, ( and so, therefore, is this forum) whiles others do not seem to keep this fact in mind when posting comments, replies, suggestions etc. ( A little like National Geographic, who send out emails on their whole contact list, for "specials" that are not available outside the US or Canada!!!")
Not meant as censorious criticism, just an observation!!
On the topic of this thread, I am in Australia (which country was only blessed with Netflix a few weeks ago!) and have been going nuts trying to determine how to get a full 1920x1080 video feed together with a 5.1 sound feed. What is my most economical solution?
Even Netflix Live Chat cannot tell me!!!
As a further clarification (before anybody asks!!) I have a reasonably fast cable broadband, which, together with a Netgear Nighthawk AC (recently acquired) router gives me very good wireless connection throughout the whole house. (a full 5 bars, can stream 1080p 5.1 surround videos from a hard drive plugged into the router from one end of the house to the other (end!!))
So, what works?
My PC (Windows 7) connected via hdmi to my NAD T 775 HD AVR? Nope! 1080p yes, but no 5.1.
My Oppo 95? Nope - cannot stream at all from Netflix in Australia.
My Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (? Nope. Again, 1080p, but only stereo.
My son's PS4: YEP, the full deal, but that doesn't help me.
Should I spend money on new hardware, and if so, what would be the cheapest that would give me the full deal?
Should I simply install Windows 8 or 8.1 on my PC (its an intel i7, with a nvidia GeForce GTX 560 video card)?
Should I wait for a Lollipop upgrade from my KitKat Note Pro tablet? (assuming Lollipop will do better than KitKat, which it may or may not).
It does not help that some hardware, or platforms, render a different Netflix experience in different countries!!
In case anyone else is seeking the same or similar clarification, be it here downunder (or there upover!!) I have come across this table of info in Wikipedia, but have no way of knowing how accurate or complete it is:
Is anyone aware of a similar, reliable table of info anywhere else?
Someone in one country quite sincerely recommend Apple TV3, or WD LiveTV, or Chromecast, not realising that hardware may not deliver the same result in another country!!
Over to you guys (experts more than welcome!!)
Edit: wish to emphasise I am looking for a solution for accessing the Australian Netflix from Australia - I mention this to preclude answers that suggest the use of a VPN or some DNS trickery to access a better result from Netflix US or UK using a piece of hardware that does not do that in Australia!