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1. When I watch YouTube on my computer, I am able to select a higher resolution if the video I am watching is available in HD. However, when I am watching YouTube via streaming through my blu-ray player, how can I be certain that it is showing me videos in HD since there is no option or selection that I can make while watching YT videos on it? Will the blu ray player automatically choose the highest quality video on its own?

2. I am thinking about going to an all-streaming option for Netflix and I am basically wondering the same thing...when streaming a Netflix film that is available in HD, how will I know or how I can have the blu ray player stream the HD version...will it choose it automatically?

Thanks for the assistance in advance,
DB
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Originally Posted by bluhorizons View Post

1. When I watch YouTube on my computer, I am able to select a higher resolution if the video I am watching is available in HD. However, when I am watching YouTube via streaming through my blu-ray player, how can I be certain that it is showing me videos in HD since there is no option or selection that I can make while watching YT videos on it? Will the blu ray player automatically choose the highest quality video on its own?

2. I am thinking about going to an all-streaming option for Netflix and I am basically wondering the same thing...when streaming a Netflix film that is available in HD, how will I know or how I can have the blu ray player stream the HD version...will it choose it automatically?

Thanks for the assistance in advance,
DB

You will not be getting any HD video via Youtube or Netflix. You will be getting 1920x1080 resolution but at such a low bitrate that the quality stinks. They call it HD because it is HD resolution but not HD quality.Until Netflix ups their bitrate and you have a solid 48mbps home internet connection, you won't get it.
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Thanks for that information. I guess that explains why even when I am streaming YT videos that what is supposed to be HD still looks pretty bad.

So technically it's HD resolution, but with poor quality from a low bit-rate, not really. Now it makes sense, and thanks for the answer.

I will say that Netflix seems to look a lot better than YT, but certainly nowhere near watching a real BD disc.
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Netflix has a maximum rate of 5Mbps and a blu-ray tops out around 50Mbps.
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Originally Posted by bluhorizons View Post

Thanks for that information. I guess that explains why even when I am streaming YT videos that what is supposed to be HD still looks pretty bad.

So technically it's HD resolution, but with poor quality from a low bit-rate, not really. Now it makes sense, and thanks for the answer.

I will say that Netflix seems to look a lot better than YT, but certainly nowhere near watching a real BD disc.


Sometimes it depends on your interent connection during streaming... for example when I watch network show website like nbc.com the HD quality is poor at the beginning of the stream (or when internet is unstable/low speeds) but gets better as my internet connection gets better or best and HD quality was pretty good in my eyes...
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Thanks to everyone for the info so far.

In terms of streaming in HD for Netflix, how would the quality or bit rate compare to that of what HD through Dish network is like? In other words, to give me an idea of what the HD streaming content from Netflix might look like, if Netflix has a max bit rate of 5Mbps, what kind of bit rate would something like Dish Network have for their HD programming?

Thanks again in advance for the help.
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Thanks to everyone for the info so far.

In terms of streaming in HD for Netflix, how would the quality or bit rate compare to that of what HD through Dish network is like? In other words, to give me an idea of what the HD streaming content from Netflix might look like, if Netflix has a max bit rate of 5Mbps, what kind of bit rate would something like Dish Network have for their HD programming?

Thanks again in advance for the help.

I have experience on in over the air broadcast and directv.

Over the Air HD=19.2Mbps
Directv= between 11 and 24Mbps
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