Originally Posted by matteos
This whole thing is making me pissed off towards Netflix, I've noticed the quality has gone downhill in the last year or so, seems like almost nothing is offered in HD anymore.
What do they have in SD that you want to watch in HD? I just went through recent new movies and none of the SD stuff were things that had any major appeal to me. (I usually filter on HD so I don't normally pay attention to what's arrived in SD-only). Just about half of the movie titles are in HD now and slightly more than half of the television and both numbers have gradually increased over time.
And why isn't "Super HD" supported over windows 7?
There's no good reason. Win7 users only have the web player (well, there is a player in the Windows Media Center UI, but I don't think that it's any more capable). They've never support even the non "Super" 1080p in that player and they can't deliver digital 5.1 sound that way. They could support 1080p in a web player--VUDU does it (it's tons more CPU intensive than a discrete program would be but it works and what else would you be doing with your HTPC while watching Netflix anyway). If they were going to create a standalone player program then they could certainly have created one which wasn't wrapped in the Win8 app shell and
a version of it wrapped in a Win8 app shell for Win8 users who want it.
They either need to roll this out to everyone or not bother, creating a two tier service for a one tier price is insulting to the large amount of customers who they are not allowing access to the better service.
If more ISPs don't sign up for Open Connect access they may be forced to. If six months down the line the majority of their customers don't have access to Super HD they'll start to look pretty silly (if they don't now). Then again, only the subset of customers who are tech savvy enough to be aware of Super HD and care will be irked by not having it; maybe they think they can afford to piss that subset off. Redbox is coming at them with an all you can watch for one price buffet service that may develop into real competition so perhaps they can't afford to think that way.
My computer would have no issues playing SuperHD, my GPU alone cost much more than a PS3 and I have 30mbps internet connection. Yet the quality of the movies I'm streaming is going down.
I'm not noticing any real decrease in quality and wasn't noticing one prior to Super HD. Some people do feel that the 3850 Kbps 1080p encodes are softer than the old 4800 Kbps ones; I'd really like an effective way to compare.