Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
Another issue... Panasonic has not updated their Netflix software and so the player will not indicate "Super HD," but it will
output Dolby Digital Plus audio. My Samsung TV will display the "Super HD" logo on supported streams, but its software will only output regular Dolby Digital. Argh!! Why can't we have an app. that does both? Of course, it's all a moot point until Comcast reaches an agreement with Netflix on their direct network pipeline.
The BDT220/320/500 have always output 5.1 sound from Netflix titles which feature it, as did the 2011 BDTx10 models. My BDT220 displays the Super HD logos; like most devices I have it will only display them if you have access to Netflix's Open Connect CDN. My ISP, Cox Communications, is set up for OC access, but you can get it without your ISP being part of the club; we've been discussing that in the "Netflix Adds 3D and Super HD
" thread. Most of my 1080p Netflix capable devices (BDT220, Sony BDP-S390, PS3, TiVo Premiere and the Win8 Netflix app running on this PC) displayed the Super HD logo in title descriptions as soon they became available to me with no firmware update (the exception being my Roku 2 XS, which will indicate Super HD in Netflix title descriptions after its next firmware update).
I believe that all Netflix HD titles which have 3850 Kbps 1080p encodes (the vast majority) also now have 4300- and 5800 Kbps Super HD ones. There are a small subset of HD titles which are 720p only, usually major theatrical release things like Thor
, Captain America
, Super 8
and True Grit
. Most of these don't have 5.1 sound either. I think that the rights holders want to withhold the best presentation of those for people who pay more to see them. You can tell which these are in Netflix's web site browser because their descriptions will say "Available in HD on your TV" instead of "Available in HD" because you cannot play them in HD in either the web player or Win8 Netflix app--more MPAA paranoia