Streaming ain't BD, but some of it's not so bad. Forum member msgohan's "Netflix PS3 streaming comparison PIX
" thread had a ton of precisely synchronized frames obtained via his HDMI capture card from Blu-ray discs and a variety of streaming services at different resolutions. Sadly, ImageShack seems to have auto-magically screwed them all up, converting them from 1920x1080 to 800x450 (or, if it still has the originals, it's not giving them up to the public)
. Before that happened I'd saved a tiny handful of my favorites off, the same frames captured from Blu-ray discs and 1080p Netflix (all facial close-ups, lots of tiny details):
(To compare these, I like to open a window in the Chrome browser, placing the frames in two separate tabs. Blow it up full-screen with F11 and instantly bounce back and forth between the two with CTRL-TAB. I like to use Chrome for this because full-screen is full-screen; no vertical or horizontal scrollbars. If you use Chrome as your regular browser, like me, drag one of the links into the New Tab at the top of this window, drag that tab off into its own window, then drag the other link into that new window's New Tab).
The quality of both Blu-ray and Netflix video encodes vary some; not all comparisons were this close. If you look at msgohan's thread you can see that he posted dozens of these, comparing a number of different streaming and download services, including Netflix 720p/1080p, VUDU HD/HDX, Amazon, Zune and iTunes 720p/1080p, both streams and downloads where available; the loss of these is very disappointing. For many he included frames from BDs; the difference between BD and 3-bar VUDU HDX (9 Mbps) was often very subtle, difficult to detect with the naked eye. Of course, none of the streaming services offer lossless audio, often encoded at bit rates equal to or exceeding streaming service video bit rates.Edited by michaeltscott - 9/15/12 at 9:17pm