Originally Posted by drdsouza
Based on the Windows 8 information from the above post, I created a table summarizing the old and new bitrates.
I am still wondering which bitrate PS3 is using now when it shows 'High/HD"...
Windows 8 app is obviously capable of using the 3850 kbps stream.
Does it mean that we will need to get a new updated Netflix version for the PS3 that should be able to play the 3850 kbps stream? Or perhaps it is just a mislabel issue now and PS3 is already using the 3850 kbps stream when it shows now "High/HD"?
As per my measurements on the PS3, Roku 2 and a Panasonic BD player, they are all using the 3850 and 3000 Kbps encodes if they're there. I don't think that it makes any difference to the player what the bit rate is--it's all AVC. There may be some maximum bit rate that they can handle but all of the devices I mentioned can deal with 9 Mbps streams from VUDU
1750 Kbps is not "Low/HD"--it's 720x480 with 32:27 AR pixels; the PS3 calls it "High/SD". 1050 Kbps is Medium/HD and the four lower bit rates are all called "Low/SD". Play "Example 8 Hour 23.976
" on the PS3 and watch the correspondence between the info in the overlay and the quality level labels in the player's info display. At this point I think that the player is displaying quality level based purely on the old bit rates; given that, it will display Medium/HD for both 2350 and 3000 Kbps and High/HD for 3850 Kbps.
If they're going to call 3850 Kbps "High/HD" then 3000 Kbps becomes "Medium/HD" and 2350 Kbps should become "Low/HD" (a new label). Hopefully they'll add a new "X-High/HD" for those of us who don't have severe bandwidth caps.
Thank you very much drdsouza for posting those screenshots of the Windows 8 Netflix app "Stream Manager" display! I'd estimated that the new 1080p encode bit rate was between 3810 and 3890 and it's very nice to know that I was right
I'd been holding back on upgrading to Win 8 Pro to give it a chance to be field tested by 10s of millions of users, but I really want this new Netflix app. Sadly it looks as though the Win 8 Netflix app is still using the special 64 Kbps stereo sound; they should have it use the 192 Kbps stereo and 384 Kbps DD+ 5.1 streams (converting the DD+ to DD if your PC's sound output can't handle it).