Originally Posted by DRC72
The best I'm getting right now is HD medium...there is some apparent blocking(much more apparent in the beginning)...I could probably attribute it to my 3Mbps DSL connection?
Yep. Netflix titles have two 720p encodings which the PS3 calls "Med/HD" and "High/HD" at 2.6 Mpbs and 3.8 Mbps, respectively. It has one 1080p encoding at 5.1 Mpbs, called X-High/HD on the PS3. The PS3 will move to lower quality encodings and back to higher ones as available bandwidth on your connection to Netflix' servers decreases and increases; it uses that tech to acheive fast stream start (1-3 second, usually) by starting with a low bit rate, quick to buffer encoding and ramping up from there, which explains the poorer quality at the start. On a fast connection it ramps up very quickly; on a slow one it can take several seconds.
Although VUDU doesn't have those issues with my limited bandwidth. Vudu's 720p content upscaled to 1080p in my receiver looks incredible...I would love to try VUDU's 1080p content, but I just don't have enough bandwidth to handle it.
VUDU has three encodings at every quality level (SD 480p, HD 720p and HDX 1080p) represented by a "signal strength"-style 3 bar indicator. The lowest quality 720p stream requires 2.5 Mbps, so that's probably what you're getting; the lowest quality 1080p stream needs 4.5 Mbps (9 Mbps for max quality HDX).
I might be getting DD+ on VUDU, as my receiver displays PCM, and as I stated in an earlier post, I'm not sure if the PS3 is converting DD+ or standard DD to PCM when outputting to my receiver?
Who knows? I get the same thing. Since 5.1 channel LPCM is coming out of the PS3, the PS3 is converting the sound that it gets into that. (Be aware that VUDU has both "basic" DD and DD+ sound encodings, depending on the title that you're watching; Netflix only has DD+). I'm not so sure that it matters--I just watched the 2-minute preview of Rio
on the PS3, which starts with a very loud musical ode to Carnaval with a lot of booming bass and it sounded pretty frickin' great, with good surround imaging, just as good to my ears as the bitstreamed DD+ for the same clip from VUDU on my BD player.