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Streaming Netflix on BDP vs. XBox 360 Kinect

post #1 of 16
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I am thinking about reactivating my Netflix account. In the past, I would stream content through my BD player (Samsung BD-C5500). We recently got an XBox 360 Kinect and I was wondering if there is a video quality difference between streaming on either device. My BD player doesn't have built-in wifi so I have to use a dongle and, for some reason, it always takes 5-10 minutes to get the wireless signal. That's not a problem with the XBox. I would like to just stream content on the XBox but not at the expense of video quality. Both devices are connected via HDMI. I also have a new iPad and a digital adapter but I wouldn't think that quality would be better at all.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
Edited by Doctego - 12/30/12 at 4:15pm
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
I guess that we can scratch the XBox off of the list. Apparently, you need an XBox Live Gold account and I don't have that. We don't play enough games to justify paying for that.
post #3 of 16
Being from 2010, the Samsung may not support 1080p Netflix streams.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Being from 2010, the Samsung may not support 1080p Netflix streams.

Thanks for the reply. That brings up 2 questions:

1. Is there a way for me to see whether it supports 1080p streams?
2. Would connecting my new iPad to my TV via HDMI be better? I wouldn't think so but it is "newer".
post #5 of 16
1. Netflix site says your model is only 720p.

2. Will probably work ok but would be quite awkward to use.

Most any current player or cheap streamer like Roku will solve your problem.
post #6 of 16
One thing to look at (to me is more important than 1080p) is the 5.1 audio option. My sony bluray player does not support the 5.1 audio from Netflix where the xbox does. Keeps me using that for Netflix.
post #7 of 16
Your sony must be a couple of years old. All current models have 5.1 and 1080p. The cost of an Xbox Live subscription keeps me from using Xbox for Netflix. I use my Xboxes only for streaming live and recorded cable TV from my Windows Media Center servers. I use my sony and panasonic players for Netflix.

HERE is a list of all sony models that support 1080p and DD5.1. You can search the Netflix support site for other brands as well.
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I believe that we bought the TV and BD player in 2010. In looking at some newer players, it looks like the cost is slightly more than a yearly XBox Live Gold membership. Might be a good toy to pick up when we get our tax returns.smile.gif

Our TV isn't 3D. Is there any downside to getting a 3D player such as these in the event that we ever upgrade our TV?

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-ES6000-Blu-ray-Player-Black/dp/B0078P6O8W
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-E6500-Blu-ray-Player-Black/dp/B0076R7FWQ/ref=pd_sim_e_2

I'd rather not have to get another BD player to replace the new BD player.
post #9 of 16
I think the 3D standards are pretty set at least for the next few years, so not a bad risk of obsolescence in the short term. There's no harm in using a 3D player on a 2D TV. I have several 3D players and no 3D TV. Although you are a fan of Samsung, you may also want to consider Sony or Panasonic since those appear to have fewer issues than Samsung and are a lot less expensive.
post #10 of 16
If you want to stay with Samsung you can see a list of their BDPs Netflix features here. Both of the ones that you mentioned have full-featured Netflix players with support for 1080p, 5.1 sound and closed caption for the titles with those features.
post #11 of 16
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Is 5.1 sound really important for me? Due to us living in an apartment, we have a 2.1 sound bar (Samsung HW-E450). All sources are connected directly into the sound bar via HDMI. The sound bar does process Dolby and DTS, I believe. I don't mind buying for the future as I would be doing by getting a 3D BD player but I want to make sure that this purchase is really worth it for us.
post #12 of 16
It depends. You do get better surround quality, assuming your audio device supports Dolby +. If not, you would have to drop down to the regular 2.0 Dolby and rely on ProLogic or similar for surround.

That said, seeing a title is available in 5.1 commonly means it's also available in 1080p (but I don't know how much of a guarantee that is.)
post #13 of 16
I have always thought the Xbox 360 has terrible picture quality on anything that isn't a video game, whether it be DVD or streaming. Roku boxes are pretty cheap and I believe they do 1080p and DD+.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by mix1983 View Post

I have always thought the Xbox 360 has terrible picture quality on anything that isn't a video game, whether it be DVD or streaming.

 

I have A/Bed (flipping back and forth between the AVR's inputs) my HTPC and Xbox 360 with 1080p via WMC and the image is identical. 

post #15 of 16
Maybe so, it was just my opinion not a fact. I haven't tried Netflix on 360 since PS3 got disc-less Netflix. Also, the 360 is the old non-slim.
post #16 of 16
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Well, I was bored and activated my free month tonight. Streamed 2 movies on my outdated Samsung BD-C5500. It looked and sounded pretty good. My wife kept telling me to turn it down so I guess the soundbar did the job as well.biggrin.gif I understand that I will get better results with a new BD player but this will suffice while I wait for our return check. That or my next commission check because I am so impatient.
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