Originally Posted by Fyodor
What percentage of content is showing improved picture quality and/or HD? At least on Tivo, there isn't very much. Mostly TV shows and a tiny smattering of movies.
I really don't know. I've never really used the PS3 for streaming prior to this. The streaming I usually do has been through Play On, and I just fill my "On Demand Que" with shows I want to watch, then it gets loaded in with all my other shows (mostly braodcast recordings) with all of the "Netflix metadata" stripped and replaced with normal metadata, so in affect I don't really keep track of what is available HD vs SD etc.
I would say that all the content (be it SD or HD) looks improved over where it was using the disc on the PS3 (which I really found to be completely unacceptable in my situation and didn't use other than a couple of try-outs when it first came and then periodically to see if things improved.)
I tinkered with three movies last night. Matrix Revolutions (X-high/HD with 5.1) really impressed me with how good the performance was.
Robin Hood (the Kevin Costner one) I believe was also X-high/HD with 5.1 but am not positive, looked markedly less impressive, about equal to a poor DVD encode if you will. Not only was their distinguishable macroblocking in the dark areas of the opening scene (as you would associate with bit-starved digital), but the overall video was soft (like you normally associate with poor transfers of film-to-digital.) However, the opening scene of that movie has a lot of dark settings with a lot of smoke/haze in the air, which is always a killer for low bitrate digital. That and underwater scenes always punish more than other scenes, so it was somewhat expected. I did not watch long enough to get to more brightly lit daytime scenes.
The last one I tinkered with was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (SD 2.0) which was still markedly better than I remember when using the disc, but it had some real issues with cadence and the slow pans were noticeably jerky/messed up. I would not want to watch the movie that way, even thought the PQ was much improved.