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Just wondering since in the web browser they use the Silverlight player but it only supports 720p.

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Doubtful. You'll probably have to upgrade to Win8 if you want 1080p playback.

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Microsoft is ditching Silverlight. Netflix will soon switch to HTML5 so they might support 1080p in the browser.

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This Netflix blog entry on the Win8 app says:
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Video plays smoothly in full HD (when available). By bypassing browser plug-ins, we were able to make our video player more efficient. This results in smoother playback with less strain on your PC—and that means less fan noise and more movies on a single charge.

This implies that they couldn't manage 1080p (aka "full HD") in a browser player, though YouTube and VUDU have done it (their YouTube video on the Win8 app in that blog entry can be displayed in 1080p rolleyes.gifbiggrin.gif).

They just posted a tech blog entry about their work on replacing the Silverlight player with an HTML5 one yesterday. Right now they only have it working on the Samsung Chromebook.

One thing that the Win8 app does that I haven't seen done in a web app is bitstream Dolby sound (DD+ from Netflix titles which feature digital surround) on PCs which feature HDMI sound out. Perhaps there'll be an W3C HTML5 "Premium Extension" which will make that possible from a web app in the future.

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Perhaps there'll be an W3C HTML5 "Premium Extension" which will make that possible from a web app in the future.

I came across this HTML5 demo of digital 5.1 sound. Surround imaging in it is pretty sharp and distinct (and it's over driving the LFE biggrin.gif). I can't tell what the source encoding is--my PC is outputting it as 5.1 channel LPCM, as it outputs everything except video clips with Dolby or DTS sound and 5.1 sound out of the Win8 Netflix app. It would be nice if the app was somehow bitstreaming Dolby or DTS but it's still a hopeful sign of things to come.

EDIT: It's a WAV file. There's a bunch of similar stuff off that site if you poke around.

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