Originally Posted by Satcom15
I'm curious how this Netflix streaming works given all the Netflix enabled TVs and DVD/BluRay players out there. So are you just getting a streaming video/audio signal from NetFlix over your internet connection? Is there any recording/buffering possible in the DVD players? What happens if there is a service interruption (like my Comcast cable has had the last two days - internet only, TV has been fine)?
Are there any download limits (I think Comcast has a 250 GB/month limit in some markets before they push you into a higher pricing tier, maybe in Colo Spgs too). Consider that 1 hour of uncompressed full quality HD is ~8.5 GB. If an uncompressed signal is transmitted by Netflix that would limit you to ~30 hours of streaming before crossing the higher price tier.
Does Netflix streaming give you a full 1080p PQ uncompressed? Or, do they compress the signal. I know I asked a lot of questions but am curious (as others that are just putting their toe into this water might be).
P.S. We can only get the 7 Mbps here too even though there is a fiber termination in the box next to my apartment complex according to the Qwest tech that was here to restore phone service during a recent outage. He said check back periodically, the higher rates show up from time to time for reasons he can't figure out.
You definitely asked the right guy these questions.
Think of Netflix streaming just like watching videos on Youtube, but there's a nice sexy Silverlight player instead of a crappy webpage. Yes, it buffers. there is a load time before it starts playing. I'd say around 15-30seconds for my ISP service. If service is interrupted it stops playing and will resume once service is restored.
If you already have Netflix you can do this online with any PC. It requires you to install Silverlight (Microsoft's version of Flash, but more tailored to streaming media).
There are no limits unless you have the lowest limited Netflix service which is "2 a month" or something like that. I think that one is $5.99/mo. We have the "1 out at a time + BluRay" which is around $13/mo I think and the online streaming is truly unlimited.
The quality is HD but it depends on the movie. Some movies are awful but most are good, and more and more are outstanding HD. I dont' know the resolution but my peeps tell me it's 1080p. However, it is compressed highly compressed. I'd say they have found the sweet spot over the last year. The biggest issue I have now isn't quality, but lipsync problems. I'd say 1:10 movies (maybe even 1:7) have lipsync problems.
There are two negatives to the service. It is stereo only, and the movie selection for streaming favors older titles and I don't believe ever has new releases. I'm certain this is due to contract agreements with the production companies. They tend to have a lot of TV shows including HBO and Showtime so if you like things like Dexter, 24, etc. you can catch up to all but the last season. It's like they want you to pay for the rental for last season.
I use Netflix on the PC, on my Media Center using the plugin, on my PS3, and on my Wii. There are subtle differences in the players for all of these but it's the same service regardless of the player. So if you get a TV with Netflix built in, all you need is a network connection. Based on my personal experience I highly recommend a wired connection for streaming content.
I hope that is what you were looking for.