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NetFlix and 5.1 Sound streaming

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by Rich, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Rich

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    I spoke to a NetFlix person yesterday about a new Panny BD player that I had just bought because Panasonic tech support assured me that the BD player was compatible with NetFlix 5.1 audio streaming. When I got the BD110, it would only stream Linear PCM. Just as my Samsung 5500 BD player does. Samsung 2nd tier tech support has assured me that they have the 5500s receiving 5.1 Sound in their laboratories. I'd like to bring my 5500 to that lab and see it do 5.1.

    So, the NetFlix person tells me that, at the moment, the only devices that they are streaming 5.1 (and I believe he said 1080p, too) to are the Sony PS3s and the Apple TV box. They I asked him when all the other devices out there are gonna get 5.1 and 1080p. Might be by the end of the year. Then I asked him if they were planning on stopping DVD and BD disk distribution. Within ten years was his reply.

    He did say that some streaming content might be in 5.1, but that was rare and usually because of some kind of testing.

    I ordered an Apple TV box a few minutes ago. I'm getting really pessimistic about this whole streaming transition. I'd guess that we're in for an interesting year.

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  2. inkahauts1367066121

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    As far as I am concerned, we are still in the beta phase for streaming, and we will be for another 5 years or so.. Its going to take that long before all the kinks have ben worked out from top to bottom, assuming that's even long enough.
     
  3. Christopher Gould

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    so the roku box doesnt do 1080p for netflix? 10 years is a nice big answer :)
     
  4. oldschoolecw

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    I'm getting 1080p off my Roku
     
  5. houskamp

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    I've heard 5.1 from my laptop.. I have the 3.5mini optical to standard optical cable for it (as well as HDMI cable to tv)
     
  6. Rich

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    My one Roku did get an update and now shows "1080p" under Settings, but NF isn't streaming 1080p to the Rokus yet. The "ten year" answer the guy gave me was for how long it would take NF to get out of sending out DVDs and BD disks. His guesstimate for getting streaming 1080p and 5.1 to "all" devices was "within the year".

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  7. Rich

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    I'm not. What movies are you getting 1080p on?

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  8. Rich

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    I thought I had it on my Sammy 5500 BD player, and it even showed up on my AV receiver as 5.1, but my three sub-woofers wouldn't fire. Same thing happened with my other 5500 on another AV setup. If the sub-woofers don't work, it's not 5.1. I am getting a pretty good Linear PCM that uses all five speakers and my sub-woofers.

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  9. oldschoolecw

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    On my ROKU XD hooked up via my Pioneer VSX-1120
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  10. Rich

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    And your TV says it's receiving 1080p? I can't find one movie on my Roku that the TV says it's getting in 1080p or that I can get in 5.1 sound. Which is what the guy from NF told me.

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  11. oldschoolecw

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    Yup it says 1080P on my menu on my TV, my receiver is allowing 1080P to go through it
     
  12. Christopher Gould

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    i know, but 10 years is a very long time in the electronics world. if streaming doesnt take over there will probably be another level higher than dvd and bluray.
     
  13. Rich

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    I just called Roku and asked them if any of their Rokus were, at this time, streaming NetFlix content in 1080p and 5.1 sound. I was told by the CSR that only 720p was being streamed.

    I then did an online chat with a Roku rep and got the same answer.

    Perhaps your TV upscales 720p to 1080p?

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  14. Rich

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    I was surprised by that "ten years" answer too. I know NF is paying a fortune in postal fees and they'd like to get that monkey off their back. Guess we'll just have to see how it all shakes out.

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  15. oldschoolecw

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    Yeah, I did some looking into it, and this is what it says at Pioneer's web site about my receiver http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/VSX-1120-K

     
  16. Rich

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    Figured it had to be something like that. I use BD players to upscale NF content, but I have no way of "upscaling" the audio to 5.1. I got sick of waiting for Rokus to get around (I realize it's not just Roku's fault) to 1080p and 5.1 so I ordered an Apple TV box which NF says is the only other device, PS3 being the first, to receive 1080p and 5.1. Should get it today.

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  17. oldschoolecw

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    Let us know how it works out
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    I sure hope it works the way I was told it would. I'm getting tired of buying BD players that "support" 5.1 sound (don't they all?) and not being able to get anything but PCM. That guy I talked to at NF assured me that the Apple box would give me the sound that I want. But Samsung also assured me that they are getting 5.1 sound in their library. And the new Panny BD players are all streaming 5.1 "ready". I just sent one of them back too. Nothing but PCM.

    I should be getting it this afternoon and I'll let y'all know if it's true or more BS.

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  19. Chris Blount

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    I have the Apple TV and you will get 5.1 on Netflix. It works great for me.
     
  20. Rich

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    I knew you had one and have been waiting for you to comment. Thanx.

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