Set Netflix Silverlight Bit Rate on PC easy way
While a netflix video is playing (not full screen ) you can also have the mouse pointer on the video in a clear spot away from (above) progress bar and hold down the shift and alt keys only while left clicking on mouse
this will open up an dialog box you can select stream manager there.
For some reason I could not find this exact procedure on the web I figured this out (more likely on accident) when trying some that I read about . I use this all the time in WMC or Browser. Everybody else was saying 3 or 4 keystrokes + clicking mouse or without clicking mouse ,while they will work it is not necessary if you would rather use mouse + 2 keys only
Usually ,2300- 4500 for 720p (see chart below ) or even better (4500 + for 1080p 6000+ for super HD 1080p if you have it ) NOTE : I have done min. HD as low as 2300 but it buffers and is not always stable there.
if have a 3mbps or less service just use the highest one visible or automatic. You *can get stable HD on solid 3mbps conn it will not be 1080p however 720p will be it and it will ramp up slow and if you move progress bar forget it you will forever be in buffer world. .
1.0 - 2.3 Mb/s for SD — Standard definition video
2.3 Mb/s - 4.5 Mbs for HD — High definition 720p resolution video
4.5 Mb/s - 9 Mb/s for HDX — Full high definition 1080p resolution video and high definition audio 6 Mbps + for Netflix super HD
open connect is no longer required for netflix super HD (high bitrate 1080p)
Over 9 Mb/s for 3-D HD movies
Netflix Doubles Video Quality Making 6Mbps SuperHD Streams Available To Everyone
Consumers using ISPs that aren’t in Netflix’s Open Connect program, have to date, been shut of out getting Netflix’s best video quality, dubbed “SuperHD”. But starting today, Netflix announced that all consumers can now get SuperHD quality, on limited devices, even if their ISP doesn’t participate in Netflix’s Open Connect initiative. Netflix only has a limited amount of content available in SuperHD and not all devices support it, but for the ones that do, SuperHD content will now be streamed at double the quality before.
Previously, Netflix highest quality video, available to those with ISPs not in the Open Connect program, was encoded at 3850Kbps. With SuperHD, video is encoded at 4300Kbps and 5800Kbps and adding the audio bitrate brings SuperHD encodes to about 4.5Mbps and 6.0Mbps. Netflix is essentially doubling the quality of their video, for a limited amount of their content. Currently any 1080p version of Apple TV and Roku supports SuperHD as well as the PS3, Nintendo Wii U, TiVo Premiere and Windows 8 app. Note that SuperHD is not available via computer browsers and can only be seen on the PC for those that use the Windows 8 app.
MAC (Ctrl+Shift+Option+S for Mac) : Stream Manger (Stream bit rate; Manual rate selection)
Alt PC method
PC Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S or Shift +Alt+ Left Click
To use the following shortcuts, you may or may not have to exit Full Screen Mode:
F : To enable Full Screen Mode
Esc : To exit Full Screen Mode
PgUp : Play
PgDn : Pause
Space or Enter : Toggle between Play and Pause
Ctrl+Space : Pauses movie and shows and enters Key Frame Viewer; use arrow keys to fast forward or rewind.
NOTE: click manual set in dialog box set 1750 or higher works good for HD
Video may play at lower resolution for a few minutes then buffer for HD while still playing then play HD you may or may not have to do this with every HD movie YMMV .
This is for Netflix in Chrome or Firefox browser should work same in IE. I have not tried this in Netflix for WMC .
No Joy on Amazon Prime . on there you have to have a "compatible device "
Additional Silverlight Netflix Shortcuts
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+M (Ctrl+Shift+Option+M for Mac) : Access the Diagnostics Menu
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D (Ctrl+Shift+Option+D for Mac) : A/V stats
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+P (Ctrl+Shift+Option+P for Mac) : Player info
Note: To close any of the above windows, simply repeat the keyboard shortcut.
or close dialog box with mouse.
NOTE: On Netflix page you can select Watch Instantly + SHOW HD for PC / Mac or SHOW ALL HD works on both.
Edited by tubetwister - 10/15/13 at 12:47am