Originally Posted by corey99699
This is a great player but I'm not happy at all with the picture quality of netflix streaming.It's like the textures get soft and then sharp back and forth,almost like my internet connection is getting weak then strong at a fast rate.It doesn't look nearly as good as my 360 or PS3.Anyone else unhappy with the streaming?
Originally Posted by Manic_D
Yes, mine is the same way. Of my equipment, my TV, PS3, Xbox 360, & Oppo all have Netflix and are connected to the same ethernet switch but the Oppo seems to be getting less bandwidth than the others. I always just use the one built into my TV since there's no need to turn on another device.
There are important fixes for Netflix upscaling in the just-released, 0302 firmware. Go to Setup > Device Setup > Firmware Information and confirm that your Main firmware version number ends with 0302.
To take advantage of this improved video for Netflix you must use the HDMI 1 output for video (the HDMI socket towards the middle of the back panel) and you must also set Setup > Video Setup > Primary Output to HDMI 1.
If that doesn't do it for you the next step is to check your networking. If you can connect via Ethernet instead of Wifi do that. Lot's of things can affect the speed of a Wifi connection.
In the Vudu app, under the My Vudu tab, you'll find a Network Speed Test. As I recall you can get to that even if you have not already created a Vudu account, but if you need to create a Vudu account you might as well do so -- it doesn't cost anything unless you actually buy or rent something from them.
The Network Speed Test is not a definitive test of your speed to the Netflix servers since the internet path to them will be different than the path to the Vudu servers, but it is still a good indication of your actual streaming throughput. You may discover there's something in your network setup, for example, which is unexpectedly reducing your network speed to the Oppo.
If firmware and network speed are both good and you still have problems, check to make sure you don't have "motion smoothing" active in your display -- the actual name used will be a marketing name which differs from brand to brand but basically it has to do with the TV creating intermediate video frames. The compression scheme used by Netflix screws up such TV schemes. Turn it off in the TV at least while viewing Netflix.
And finally, be aware that Netflix content is all over the map in terms of quality, and even for their better quality content you will have problems if you happen to catch them at a time when the server they've connected you to is too busy. So check across a few different titles, and at a few different times of day, to see if the problem is associated with specific titles or viewing times. If you let Oppo know about specific titles that are coming in poorly, they too can check to see if they can reproduce the problem.
Note also that your Netflix account (see their web site) has a new setting which limits the maximum bit rate they send you -- for folks worried about exceeding their monthly internet service limit. Check that this is set to the "best" video setting.