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Here's another problem with Netfix streaming... many of their audio tracks (for TV shows, especially) have been severely compressed down further. The lossy tracks aren't even DVD quality, even if they are encoded in Dolby Digital Plus. The audio tends to sound more like warbly Youtube quality off an 80's handycam or like a low bitrate MP3 at their worst. The extra compression is easiest to spot with dialog.
 

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What is this streaming you speak of?
 

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Originally Posted by stepyourgameup  /t/1482416/netflix-responds-to-crop-controversy#post_23553584


What is this streaming you speak of?
Any Jack Daniels drinker should be man enough to find that out for himself.
 

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Here's another problem with Netfix streaming... many of their audio tracks (for TV shows, especially) have been severely compressed down further. The lossy tracks aren't even DVD quality, even if they are encoded in Dolby Digital Plus. The audio tends to sound more like warbly Youtube quality off an 80's handycam or like a low bitrate MP3 at their worst. The extra compression is easiest to spot with dialog.
What TV shows. I've never has Netflix streaming that has ever sounded warbled.
 

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What TV shows. I've never has Netflix streaming that has ever sounded warbled.

30 Rock, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Dr. Who., to name a few. I've also watched episodes of Dr. Who, Mad Men, and 30 Rock on Amazon Instant (and of course Blu-ray and DVD home video) and they did not have this over compressed sound problem. I don't know if it's Netflix (they tend to do in-house multi-pass compression of the studio files to get them down to single digit bitstreams) or the studios creating these issues at the start when they compress the master files for streaming service clients.


The easiest way to hear it is in the dialog track.
 

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Originally Posted by mo949  /t/1482416/netflix-responds-to-crop-controversy#post_23550003


So time to cancel the cancellation?

I don't know about that!

Watching Netflix in Super HD is pretty dang nice.



I actually watched Netflix on the originall Wii the other day and was like
 

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I've been a netflix customer since they started DVD's I mostly stream now $8.00 for streaming a good deal . At least on my connection HD PQ content is OK
 

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Netflix streaming commits another frequent crime against film lovers: foreign language films offered dubbed only, while the DVD of the same film is subtitled.
 

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Netflix streaming commits another frequent crime against film lovers: foreign language films offered dubbed only, while the DVD of the same film is subtitled.

Tell me about it... I was so stoked to see Avalon in HD, then mortified a few minutes in when I found it was dubbed in English! Ugh and double ugh. I just paid $25 for a used BD copy of it, just to hear it in the original Polish.
 

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I found that amazon is also guilty of this. "Summer Rental" with John Candy was on Nick last night in widescreen HD with a magnificent picture, yet when I went to amazon it was a 4:3 VHS looking picture.
That is because the original came out on VHS and was only 4:3.


Most likely Nick used a scaler and some digital cleanup on it, to get rid of the noise.
 

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Netflix streaming commits another frequent crime against film lovers: foreign language films offered dubbed only, while the DVD of the same film is subtitled.
What year did you watch? There are multiple years for that title.
 

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Sort of related but not. I'm still on the "disc" service at Netflix and I ordered West Side Story (1961) which is supposed to be wide screen Panavision but what I received was "Academy format" pan and scan. I called up Netflix and complained and they said that they'd send a replacement. The replacement was also pan and scan. In their listing of the movie it states "wide screen anamorphic 2:20:1" I thought that this was just wrong. I got the DVD copy from my library and indeed it was in wide screen format (so wide that there are letterbox bars on the top and bottom.) The first major clue that the DVD was not a "scope" picture was the immediate notice when the disc is played "this film has been formatted to fit your screen".
 

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There were three printed versions of it. 16mm, 35mm, 70mm. Negative format was 65mm. Only for 35mm prints, was it 2:35:1, everything else was 2:20:1. Few theaters were setup for 2:35:1, so everyone saw the 2:20:1 format. When it was restored in 2011, it was done in Digital Cinema 2:20:1 & Panavision.


As has already been stated, Netflix can only send out what they get from the studios on the Master, to either create their rentals, or the mass discs from the studio to distribute as rentals. They cannot just up and create a format to deliver to their customers, unless they get it from the studio in the format customers want.


BTW, the 50th Anniversary edition is in Wide Screen. http://www.amazon.com/West-Side-Story-Anniversary-Blu-ray/dp/B005BDZN62/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1374905586&sr=1-1&keywords=west+side+story+50th+anniversary+edition Netflix shows that they rent the Blu-Ray edition.


Joseph, did you double check the unit you are playing back the disc on, to make sure that it is setup properly? What is the make & model# of the player or device you are playing back this movie on?
 
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