Originally Posted by Hi Deaf
Okay, my player is just up-scaling everything to 1080p. How do I know if it's a true 1080p signal then?
Sadly for the most part there isn't any way to know. Most HD Netflix titles have 1080p encodes, but there's no way to know whether you're getting them or not (except for one "title", the clip "Example Short 23.976
", which has an overlay with bit-rate/resolution information printed on each of its component video encodes. Netflix uses a technology called adaptive bit rate streaming; every title has several video encodes at various bit rates (the higher the bit rate the better the picture quality) and the player dynamically and smoothly switches between them as its ability to keep its buffer full of content at a particular bit rate fluctuates. Some Netflix players have an indicator of the current encode in use but these Panasonics do not.
VUDU is the only player on these BDPs that I can think of in which you can tell for sure what resolution you're seeing. For one thing you choose which resolution you want when you play a title (given that the title's not SD only). You can also see it in the player's control interface, which displays what you're getting (SD, 720p HD or 1080p HDX) and what quality level in that resolution you're getting with a little 1-to-3 bar signal-quality-style histogram.
That video quality control in the Hulu Plus interface tells you what you're currently getting: 3.2 Mpbs or 2 Mbps HD or one of a couple of SD bit rates but I don't know what resolution those HD levels are at. It could well be that 3.2 Mbps HD is 1080p and 2 Mbps is 720p but I really think that they're both 720p.