Originally Posted by matt314159
Anyway my current understanding is that the only device as of June 2011 to do 1080p netflix streaming is the PS3, is that correct? So my WDTV is displaying 720p, as I understand it. Don't get me wrong, it looks GREAT...I was very impressed. but on a 92" screen, sitting about 1.5 screen widths away, I'm thinking I'd notice the bump to 1080p source streaming, and thus I'm leaning toward picking up a PS3 on eBay for streaming.
1) Am I right in all my assumptions above? do I have a full and proper grasp of the situation?
2) Will I notice at least a marginal difference in quality?
Actually a third question: does the PS3 charge before you can access netflix on it? I'm thinking of the Xbox 360 where you have to already be paying for xbox live in order to access netflix. I don't want to pay anything extra, but would like 1080p (for whatever titles have it) and the smoother flowing interface.
Thanks in advance for any information you can give me!
I've conducted some testing of the way that bandwidth is utilized by a variety of streamers (see my post by here
for some details). I've tested Netflix on 6 devices (Panasonic DMP-BDT110, PS3, Xbox 360, Roku XD, TiVo S3 and this PC). Of the six, only the PS3 can access an encoding which is some 30%+ higher bit rate than the 720p one. I've retested the BDT110 after each update and it hasn't changed; it obviously has the capacity to deal with it, inasmuch as it plays 9 Mbps VUDU HDX (1080p) perfectly.
I haven't tested any of the other of 200+ Netflix streaming devices because I don't have any of them (I've been tempted to buy a couple of things like the WD TV Live Plus and Boxee Box, test them and then return them, but that would be wrong
). It's quite possible that your device can get the 1080p streams.
I've tried tweeting the Netflixhlps Twitter account, innocently asking which devices can play 1080p encodings and they've ignored the question. Perhaps they're not allowed to say anything which would make one of their OEM partners' products look superior to the others (they do list which ones are capable of closed captions, but that's important for people who are deaf or have otherwise poor hearing).
I've attempted to compare some images streamed through the BDT110 to some streamed through the PS3, but it takes 3 seconds or so in my set up to switch between the two, so I can't flip rapidly back and forth looking for small differences. For the few things I've tried to compare by eye on this 46" LCD panel I couldn't see that there were any huge differences. Running, both were very sharp. (HD Net used to run a detailed test pattern with which you could determine resolution--it'd be great if Netflix had such a thing).
The Xbox does require a Xbox Live Gold membership ($60/year, but you can find deals) to use its Netflix player; the PS3 can access Netflix without any payment and its player is currently more capable than the Xbox's anyway.