Originally Posted by puregenius
After reading through a bit of this thread, I am left thinking I have a deficient PS3 or my settings are messed up. I am trying to understand how some of you are determining that Netflix is available in 1080p on the PS3. I am using my PS3 with LG 1080p TV. It has a basic info bar that displays current signal resolution. For all the content I run on the PS3 except games, the info bar says 1080p @ 60fps. It says this when I watch an SD movie downloaded from the Playstation Store and it says the same on Netflix whether the content is HD or not. A few days ago when I spoke with Netflix customer service they said the maximum resolution available was 720p. All this has left me wondering what the truth really is.
Google "ps3 netflix 1080p" and you'll get a ton of hits (like this
one at Engadget). When they announced the installed Netflix app for the PS3 back in October (as opposed to the old BD-based one) they stated that it was bringing 1080p video and 5.1 sound with it, with press releases from Sony, Netflix and Dolby. You do have to have network service to sustain a 5.1 Mbps connection to Netflix's servers. (The highest bit rate that Netflix lists on their "Manage Video Quality" page
: 2.3GB x 8000 Mbits-per-GB / 3600 secs-per-hour = 5.1 Mbps. It should be noted that I estimated that the 1080p encodes were 5.1 Mbps back in this
post, based on some fairly wild assumptions
). Your television is only reporting what it's getting from the PS3 and the PS3's Netflix player will always output at the maximum resolution you specified in the system settings. The Netflix player uses adaptive bit rate tech which will change the encoding in use as available bandwidth on your connection to their servers fluctuates (if it does); if it kept changing video output format it'd be a mess on most home systems. My television takes a couple of seconds to deal with an input format change and what it displays while it does that is not pretty.
I installed some open source firmware in my router with a realtime bandwidth graphing feature and have been using it to study the way that various streamers use bandwidth on their connections. I've taken many measurements of various Netflix streamers that I own--you can see some here
, with a continuation of that series a few post down here
. The PS3 gets a stream which consumes the same amount of bandwidth as everything else when you limit its output resolution to 720p; it gets a stream at a 30%+ higher bit rate when you set its output resolution to 1080p. None of the other five platforms I've tried receive this higher bit rate stream (Panasonic DMP-BDT110, Roku XD, Xbox 360, TiVo S3 and this PC). I will try the Roku 2 XS when it gets here tomorrow--it's advertised as supporting the 1080p encodings. (Some may recognize this as a slight edit on a paragraph from another post I made today in another thread
Don't ever pay attention to the crap that phone CSRs will spew--they're mostly poorly paid trained monkeys. Every once in while you'll run across one with enough interest in what they're doing to learn something about it, but it's relatively rare.