Netflix announced yesterday it will be rolling out SuperHD and 3D movies. This will only be offered to specific Internet Service Providers as well as specific devices capable of receiving SuperHD content.
What is SuperHD?
Called Super HD by Netflix, the ability to stream content in 1080p is limited to a consumer’s Internet Provider. By visiting the launch page, consumers will be able to immediately see if their ISP is part of the Open Connect group. In order to stream 1080p content, the software requires a minimum Internet connection speed of at least 5Mb/s. Netflix representatives recommends 7Mb/s for the highest quality version of the 1080p high definition content.
Devices supported for Netflix SuperHD include Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Roku XD and XS, the lastest version of AppleTV and Windows 8.
Smart televisions and Blu-ray players with 1080p Netflix support will work with the Super HD program as well.
How do you know which movie is SuperHD?
In order to locate content that’s available in the Super HD format, Netflix subscribers need to look for the Super HD logo on the movie or television content description page. There is no additional fee required to enroll in the Super HD program.
What about 3D?
Regarding 3D titles, Netflix has made a variety of documentaries available to stream in 3D as well as Immortals starring Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as well as Mickey Rourke.
According to Netflix, they will be monitoring the amount of people streaming 3D content and only then will decide to expand their 3D collection further.
Netflix has certainly addressed an issue that many have been waiting for, higher resolution. This in turn will require more bandwidth by the users, will this attract late adopters and satisfy current subscribers?