Originally Posted by undecided
Recently Comcast rolled out IPv6 support in my area. So far I haven't enabled it in my router as I wasn't clear that it would give any real world benefits - at least for now.
What is supposed to be the advantage of IPv6? Does it make Netflix stream better in any way?
About quality, Netflix keeps on sucking, although like I said, it's much better on the Sony BDP-S5100. Way, way better. Most titles show the SuperHD label on them, and they look better than anything else I've seen on Netflix previously with the Roku box or even the older Sony Blu-ray player. Some titles even look close to Blu-ray. But, during peak hours it's still the same crappy service, although better than the Roku by far. The test file, on Thursday night, was struggling to get more than 1750 kbps. It was better last night, though.
The service that really kicks ass when it comes to streaming quality is Vudu. I would never pay those ridiculous prices to rent new movies from them when I can get them on Blu-ray from Redbox for $1.60, but I had some Blu-rays that had that Ultraviolet thing and I had never redeemed them, so I did that, and then took up that promo for five movies when you enter your payment information, so I have like 9 movies in my Vudu account now, also playing them with the BDP-S5100, and they look excellent. While it has progressive quality streaming, which is something I absolutely despise, it ramps up to HDX in a few seconds, so it's not as bad as Netflix. One of the movies I chose as part of that promo was the first G.I. Joe, which is mindless VFX porn, but great to test encoding quality because of the huge amount of stuff going on in the action scenes, and it really stands up to the test. Probably nowhere as good as Blu-ray if you do side by side or really methodical tests, but I'm really picky when it comes to picture quality and I was surprised that a stream over the internet could achieve that. It's not all roses, though; the search function doesn't work well, when you start going in each direction it doesn't stop when you click play, it keeps going and going and finally plays but way off where you wanted it to stop. The workaround for that is to use the cursor buttons and keep the button pressed to go as far as you need.