My Theta Compli Blu 3D Universal player streams Netflix, but only stereo PCM - but it does stream VuDu in full Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 (I have 5.1 channels in my system). My Amazon Fire HD streams Netflix in full Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 but only does VuDu in stereo PCM. Go figure!I finally joined the 21st century and streamed Netflix with Dolby Digital Plus (data rate up to 6144 kbit/s versus DD 640 kbit/s), and here's my report for using with Theta Casablanca. First, the reason why I am so behind the time: my ancient Oppo 93 while good for Blu-ray, does not stream Netflix in surround, only 2 channels, and I do not know of a way to upgrade this. Adding a cheap Sony BD player fixed the problem: The Killing IMDB Link HERE, Netflix's outstanding murder mystery series, now streams in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 (or is it 7.1) to Casablanca.
1. I was taken aback by the significant improvement in sound quality of DD Plus over DD. Center voice is noticeably more "delineated" in space and more detailed. Although it is lossy format, I would say the quality of DD Plus is almost closer to lossless Dolby TrueHD, than to lossy DD.
2. In my system, I have to use HDMI between BD player and Casablanca to get DD Plus. Coax s/pdif connection only gives DD, no Plus.
3. Because I do not know how Netflix streams The Killing (whether 5.1 or 7.1), when played with 7.1 setup, there is no way to tell in the Casablanca whether it is *NATIVE* DD Plus 7.1, or DD Plus 5.1 *UPMIXED* to 7.1.
Number 3 is the reason why I think next gen Casablanca needs to have a revised menu that allows user to know (and to choose) whether Native or Upmixed is being played. Right now in some rare occasions, we are flying blind and I have not figured out a way to tell.
My understanding, even with your "obselete" CB3HD (HA!), is that if you set the CB source input to either the dolby or dts mode to synthesize multi-channel from stereo, that if you receive only stereo over Netflix, etc, that the programmed mode with show up - but if you receive multi-channel Dolby Digital Plus then "Dolby Digital Plus" will show up on the front of the CB! At least that's how I understand it.
Lately I have been impressed both visually and sonically with VuDu - video and audio to me sound very close to playing the blu ray! So much so that I am now renting via VuDu most of the new and later movies I want to watch. And Netflix is pretty good, too.