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Old 02-09-2010, 10:29 PM   #1  
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Yes finally. Now if only hollyweird would allow more movies to be streamed via netflix. More HD content would be great too. Supposedly 1 in 17 content on netflix is streamed in HD.

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A Netflix representative has clarified that the company plans to bring 5.1 surround and closed captioning to its streaming HD videos later this year, though 1080p Watch Instantly is not on the books for this year. The text below is the original story, based on earlier conversations and e-mails with this Netflix representative.

Netflix's current (though unofficial) requirements for streaming 720p HD content on an HD-compatible box such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Roku box are 5Mbps or higher. Presumably 1080p, which is a little over twice the resolution of 720p, will require more speed.

Netflix uses Microsoft's Silverlight technology for its video-streaming service. Microsoft rolled out 1080p smooth streaming support to Silverlight in March of last year. One of its first, big commercial uses was in Microsoft's own Zune Marketplace video store on the Xbox 360. It's also being utilized extensively later this week to stream the 2010 Winter Olympics on NBC's Web site.
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Yes finally. Now if only hollyweird would allow more movies to be streamed via netflix. More HD content would be great too. Supposedly 1 in 17 content on netflix is streamed in HD.

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A Netflix representative has clarified that the company plans to bring 5.1 surround and closed captioning to its streaming HD videos later this year, though 1080p Watch Instantly is not on the books for this year. The text below is the original story, based on earlier conversations and e-mails with this Netflix representative.

Netflix's current (though unofficial) requirements for streaming 720p HD content on an HD-compatible box such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Roku box are 5Mbps or higher. Presumably 1080p, which is a little over twice the resolution of 720p, will require more speed.

Netflix uses Microsoft's Silverlight technology for its video-streaming service. Microsoft rolled out 1080p smooth streaming support to Silverlight in March of last year. One of its first, big commercial uses was in Microsoft's own Zune Marketplace video store on the Xbox 360. It's also being utilized extensively later this week to stream the 2010 Winter Olympics on NBC's Web site.
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I wish they'd get this done already....can't wait!
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:44 PM   #4  
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Indeed. Though PLIIx works well with a 2.0 audio source, there is no comparison with a true 5.1 source. We can only wait, I suppose.
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yeah now all they have to do is offer some real movies "for online viewing" their selection is terrible!
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Has netflix started the 5.1 surround with certain programming? I watched 24, Day 6 the other day and noticed that sound was coming from my rear speakers and subwoofer. It sounded just as good as the weekly TV program which has excellent surround sound.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:51 PM   #8  
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I have been with Netflix for a long time and have enjoyed thier service.

Tired of waiting for DVDs in the mail, we started streaming it sometime ago.
On my old 46in DLP, SD Netflix looked pretty ok via a Roku Box.

But I have a new, 55in LCD/LED TV (only cause the DLP broke) and at that screen size, or for whatever reasons, SD looks terrible.
Perhaps it is not Nexflix' fault, but their selection of Watch Instantly movies in HD, not to mention 1080p, is very, laughably limited.

If they cannot dramatically modernize their product they will be tomorrow's AOL.
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