Originally Posted by blakeyj08
Looking at getting a Roku (still deciding between that or ATV). Is it worth getting the 1080p-capable devices? From what I've read elsewhere there really are very few channels offering 1080, and there's little noticeable difference between the ones that do and the other 720p channels.
Most importantly Netflix has 1080p encodings, available if you can sustain 6-7 Mbps on your connection to their servers. Whether they make a difference for you or not can be checked out with screencaps from forum member msgohan's "Netflix PS3 streaming comparison PIX
" thread. There you'll find the same frame of titles from Netflix taken from the 720p and 1080p encodings which can be compared side-by-side. (I suggest the bottom pair of frame in this
post, chosen for its plethora of tiny little details).
To compare these, I usually open them in separate tabs of Chrome (I prefer Chrome because fullscreen means fullscreen--no scrollbars if the resolution is the same or less than your monitor is set for). Load the tabs and hit F11 to switch to fullscreen, then hit CTRL-TAB to flip back and forth.
EDIT: Hmmm--there seems to be something weird there. When I open these, I don't get the 1080x1920 images that used to be available. I thought it might be this forum software but I tried downloading them with GetRight and get the same reduced images. There's no sense in comparing the reduced ones that pop up now. (I've got some of them saved, but when I upload them to the forum they get hugely reduced in resolution). I've alerted msgohan by PM; maybe he can solve it.
This new forum software sucks so very hard I'm surprised it doesn't implode. What made them switch from vBulletin to this crap is beyond me. The days of AVS Forum being cool to use are behind us.Edited by michaeltscott - 6/7/12 at 3:35pm