"HAVE YOU NOTICED A DROP IN NETFLIX PICTURE QUALITY?"
"Over the last two weeks users have started talking about a drop in Netflix’s picture quality. PlayStation 3 owners have noticed how the X-High HD level has disappeared. Netflix has published an official response saying that they have implemented a more efficient compression technology. Have you experienced a drop in picture quality?
NETFLIX PICTURE QUALITY – WHERE IS MY X-HIGH?
Full HD takes up a lot of data so it has to be compressed before it reaches your TV. Netflix uses the so-called adaptive streaming technology that adjusts picture quality to your internet speed and if your connection is fast enough you automatically get best possible picture quality.
But a few weeks ago people started noticing that the X-High level – the highest picture quality level – went missing. PS3 owners, for example, are able to see which stream they are receiving by pressing the Select button.
FlatpanelsHD became aware of this at the end of November and has since investigated the situation. We tried to get an official response which we received today (see below). The change appears to affect all of Netflix’s markets, including Europe. Some users have reported a visible drop in picture quality but also 20 % lower bandwidth requirements........."
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