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5.1 Audio to be added to the Netflix streaming services on PS3/360

MikeRox
10-14-2010, 07:04 AM
http://kotaku.com/5663686/netflix-streamers-get-a-surround-sound-update-starting-with-the-ps3

I know a few of you guys use netflix regularly, so you might be pleased to hear that they're upgrading the audio to 5.1 soon. Apparently PS3 gets the upgrade first, but it will also come to 360.

Emil
10-14-2010, 08:26 AM
http://kotaku.com/5663686/netflix-streamers-get-a-surround-sound-update-starting-with-the-ps3

I know a few of you guys use netflix regularly, so you might be pleased to hear that they're upgrading the audio to 5.1 soon. Apparently PS3 gets the upgrade first, but it will also come to 360.

:eek: :thumbsup:

CerwinPD
10-14-2010, 08:59 AM
Awsome to hear, too bad i prefer my 360 to watch netflix over my PS3. Just seems to load quicker on it.

MikeRox
10-14-2010, 09:04 AM
Well they've also said that with the update, they're improving the load speed of the movies etc. So they might at least balance out then? I dunno, we don't have the service here.

Cygnus
10-14-2010, 10:04 AM
Nice. He said 1080i is coming too. :thumbsup:

SOBAY310
10-14-2010, 10:15 AM
Yippee! No more disc needed for the PS3 netflix as of 10/18.

Rejoice, PS3 owners, your Netflix streaming experience just got vastly better than anything else on the market. Starting October 18 Netflix on the PS3 will no longer require a disc, and it'll stream some content with 1080i resolution and / or 5.1-channel surround audio, while everyone else will be stuck with a max of 720p stereo for the time being. Oh, and you'll get subtitles on some content as well. Netflix is partnering with Dolby on the audio side, and the surround format will be Dolby Digital Plus, which is the same codec used by the VUDU HDX streaming service -- we're guessing it'll require a tiny bit more bandwidth but the results should sound pretty great. Netflix says 5.1 will come to other platforms "over time," so we'll see how long that takes -- and given that the PS3 is now disc-free and the company's eschewed the SRS surround features baked into its Silverlight-based platform, we're guessing Microsoft's exclusivity period has now completely run its course. Video and PR after the break.

Mase
10-14-2010, 11:58 AM
This is cool, the one I do not like is that I hear Netflix is adapting the disc look for its UI, I was really hoping it was going to use the UI that the 360 one has. Oh well going discless is always awesome and the 5.1 will be a welcomed edition.

EddieDZ
10-14-2010, 12:02 PM
i think this only impacts US owners, we up here dont have the disc, its a downloadable file that installs itself into the video section of the XMB and whenever i watch a movie thats available in "HD" if i hit select to bring up info it shows on the upper left corner "Video: X-High/HD Audio: 5.1DD" its been that way for me since day one(which was only like afew weeks ago anyway hahah) ... and according to that article The new sound for PS3 owners will come via a new built-in app it sounds like im right.

railven
10-14-2010, 12:25 PM
Has anyone ever streamed a multichannel audio file? The bitrate is often in the 256kbs (and that is on the low side.) Add that to the video bit rate and something is gonna congest the system.

We need DOCSIS 3.0 STAT!

Pinoy
10-14-2010, 01:25 PM
Has anyone ever streamed a multichannel audio file? The bitrate is often in the 256kbs (and that is on the low side.) Add that to the video bit rate and something is gonna congest the system.

We need DOCSIS 3.0 STAT!

Heh... all I need is a DOCSIS 3.0 capable modem, we've already got downstream channel bonding here :D

SB6165 modem... HERE I COME!

Seriously though I grabbed my buddies modem to try out here at home. Ended up hitting a constant 50-60Mb/s down.

railven
10-14-2010, 01:35 PM
Heh... all I need is a DOCSIS 3.0 capable modem, we've already got downstream channel bonding here :D

SB6165 modem... HERE I COME!

Seriously though I grabbed my buddies modem to try out here at home. Ended up hitting a constant 50-60Mb/s down.

You SoB! I moved away from the greater Boston area and now god knows when I'd see DCOSIS 3.0 in my area. No lie we got DCOSIS 2.0 in freaking 2005 (I moved here in 2006, but DCOSIS 2.0 was in the Boston area since like the beginning of time!)

I've been able to keep a 2Mb download rate (thank the heavens) but man do I want DCOSIS 3.0 I'd run the lines myself!!!

EDIT: haha I never saw the full version for this ad:
http://www.comcast.com/fastestfast/

Cygnus
10-14-2010, 01:40 PM
MS streams 1080p and 5.1 sound to 360 via zune marketplace so I don't see why netflix can't deliver 5.1 sound.

railven
10-14-2010, 01:50 PM
MS streams 1080p and 5.1 sound to 360 via zune marketplace so I don't see why netflix can't deliver 5.1 sound.

When I read all these things I'm under the impression it's high bitrate 1080p and audio.

You can stream 1080p/5.1 audio on a 56k modem but the compression will be out the ass and you'd probably get worse than youtube quality.

So, in a system of managed restrictions (Bandwidth) when you up one (audio), you lower the other (video), and from what I've seen from Netflix's HD streaming catalog, quality is already missing. Sure, it has a 1280x720 resolution, but without the bitrate - it don't mean jack.

Pinoy
10-14-2010, 01:51 PM
You SoB! I moved away from the greater Boston area and now god knows when I'd see DCOSIS 3.0 in my area. No lie we got DCOSIS 2.0 in freaking 2005 (I moved here in 2006, but DCOSIS 2.0 was in the Boston area since like the beginning of time!)

I've been able to keep a 2Mb download rate (thank the heavens) but man do I want DCOSIS 3.0 I'd run the lines myself!!!

EDIT: haha I never saw the full version for this ad:
http://www.comcast.com/fastestfast/
Wish I didn't delete the speedtest pics I took... Just to make you drool. Funny commercial :lol:
MS streams 1080p and 5.1 sound to 360 via zune marketplace so I don't see why netflix can't deliver 5.1 sound.

Well sure. You can stream 1080p over dialup if it's low enough bitrate. I believe Zune Marketplace uses a 'ramp up' style of buffering. It loads up at a low bit rate and as the buffer gets filled a bit begins loading higher bit rate on the content. I *think* so anyways.


EDIT... dammit Railven you beat me to it. And you said the same damn thing! :lol:

railven
10-14-2010, 01:58 PM
EDIT... dammit Railven you beat me to it. And you said the same damn thing! :lol:

Haha.

"Always at my PC, double-clickin' on my mizouse
Upgrade my system at least twice a day
I'm strictly plug-and-play, I ain't afraid of Y2K
I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him "Money" for short
I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support
It's all about the Pentiums, what?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos

Mase
10-14-2010, 02:33 PM
When I read all these things I'm under the impression it's high bitrate 1080p and audio.



The Zune offerings are the best HD streaming (picture wise) I have ever seen and the audio is not terribly bad but defeintely not good either.

Pinoy
10-18-2010, 12:10 PM
So the native Netflix app on PS3 is a definite improvement (not surprising)
Download is only 19MB.

Browser layout is easier on the eyes, faster pop-up information, and scrolling through movies is faster. Streaming loads a bit quicker, especially resuming. Haven't tried any of the 5.1 audio feeds yet, kid is stuck watching Spiderman :lol:

Cygnus
10-18-2010, 12:14 PM
Has the picture quality of SD content improved? I read in another forum that SD content may be upconverted when using the app.

Pinoy
10-18-2010, 12:18 PM
Has the picture quality of SD content improved? I read in another forum that SD content may be upconverted when using the app.

Good question, I'll check it out once I get chance. Or maybe Kams can answer that since he's using it right now as well.


Oh yeah side bonus: Video does not pause in the background while you access the XMB.

Pinoy
10-18-2010, 01:03 PM
So now I'm watching Blues Clues in standard def. TV says it's being fed a 1080p signal... picture quality is still SD IMO.