Originally Posted by dfiler
But as of today, no customer has ever played a netflix stream at 24fps.
How is it that you think that you know that every Netflix streaming player embedded in dozens of devices does not send the material to displays which can handle it at 24fps?
AFAIK, all of the download and streaming services encode filmic sources to 24fps. It's easy to encode because it's the frame rate of the source and it's easy to decode and convert to some other rate in software/firmware. (It's also more compact than 60 fps encodings would be). No doubt some of the newer televisions that have embedded Netflix (Vudu, Amazon, etc) streaming players and multiple-of-24 fixed refresh rates display the material directly. BD players with embedded streaming network video players which can send 24fps material from disc at 24 fps to televisions which can handle it (as detected via their HDMI connections) probably send streaming video at that rate to such displays--note that the PS3 is one such BD player. I'm not sure if it does, but the Roku box certainly could send received 24fps content to displays which can handle it.
In the PC player (go to Netflix, choose something and click the PLAY button), once the video is displayed, type CTRL-SHIFT-ALT-M; a little menu will pop up, the first item on which is "A/V Stats"--click it. (This won't work if you've put the player into fullscreen mode, but you can take it out of fullscreen, do it, and go back to fullscreen). Some text will appear overlayed on the video giving various bits of information. One line of it is "Video Frames (rendered/dropped): X/Y" where "X" and "Y" are numbers. This displays how many video frames were processed in the last second and how many were dropped (most of the time Y will be 0 or things aren't going well
). If you look at this while playing a film, X will be 24 (or 24 minus however many frames were dropped, if any); if you look while displaying television episodes, X will be 30. (Some HDTV content will be 24fps, because that's how they encode it for BDs and that encoding is the source Netflix has to work with).
If what you mean is that no television can display actual
24 fps, then you're right. But those which have refresh rate which are multiples of 24 fps can display it smoothly.