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I'm hoping to transition my movie watching from primarily DVDs to primarily streamed movies (Ethernet, not WiFi), with some Blu Ray when I absolutely want the highest quality. I don't have a great videophile eye, but HD streamed movies seem acceptable to me, as compared to DVD. I've mostly been streaming movies using DirecTV, which seems pretty good. The problem I have with DirecTV is that it mostly offers only new releases, and the user interface blows for searching and browsing.
I got an Apple TV and have experimented with NetFlix and iTunes. I've been very disappointed with NetFlix. Even though they offer many (most?) movies in HD, they only have 2 channel audio. This isn't acceptable to me - I'm viewing on a high end front projector with a 100 inch screen, and a very nice audio system with all the bells and whistles.
So, any suggestions? I've tried searching this forum and googling for reviews, but I can't find any that talk about audio quality - that NetFlix doesn't offer most of their HD in DD, nor do most talk about the video quality. As you know, HD isn't HD if it's over compressed.