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Netflix vs. DirecTV Cinema

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Filibogado, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. sdirv

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    Firmware??? (shrug). Who's writing the Netlix applications onboard all those devices???
     
  2. sdirv

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    Who's bandwidth?????

    Just because YOU don't have the required bandwidth, doesn't mean others would be in the same boat.....

    You've made this point a couple times now, the last time you said it I asked what equipment you were using, what your internet speed was, but You didn't respond.
     
  3. hdtvfan0001

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    Puzzling...I have DSL 3Mbps service here, and the LG 550 here streams just fine.
     
  4. bonscott87

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    Just wanted to point out that the Wii is not capable of HD. It's an SD device only, even if you hook it up with component cables. Thus why streaming "HD" content thru the Wii would always look worse then D* HD because the Wii can't do HD. ;)
     
  5. bonscott87

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    The recent NatGeo stuff on Netflix that I have streamed in HD (not on a PS3 so not 1080p) looks as good as the stuff I've seen on Discovery HD on DirecTV. So the quality is there if you have a good connection.

    HD I stream off cbs.com is also near to the OTA 1080i quality I get with CBS.

    And since Internet streaming and OTA is about all I do anymore I am very happy with the quality, at least on my connection.
     
  6. sdirv

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    I knew that, the point I was making (I guess) was that I often see statements form people about how Netflix PQ isn't as good, or will never be as good, for a variety of reasons.....but they don't seem to let anyone know what equipment they've used to watch it on, how fast their internet is, etc.
     
  7. sdirv

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    I don't know what's puzzling about what I posted, or maybe your reply was about what I was replying to......I've seen the guy post a couple times now about N*'s PQ not being on par with D*'s and blaming it on bandwidth. (???)

    Seems like your equipment streams fine on 3mbps service, even though I'd think that would be a bit low to stream HD content. I had 12mbps service when I only had the PS3, but up'd it to 20mbps service once I started adding N* capable devices in other rooms and had the thought that "someone" in the house may want to stream N* at the same time I'm watching you-tube videos on my laptop out by the pool while I have my coffee in the morning......

    My dad has started asking me about Netflix (he's 80), had to tell him that as long as he was running 786K DSL he should forget about it......he says his provider says he's got high speed internet. (shrug).
     
  8. tonyd79

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    I meant what Netflix is sending. They are not sending what is the equivalent of HD on satellite or cable.

    I assure you, my Netflix download is ALWAYS 4 dots.

    BTW, sorry if I missed every post you ever made. :)
     
  9. hdtvfan0001

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    Yeah...that's like an aircard in terms of speed...not quite enough.

    3Mbps though works just fine here.
     
  10. bonscott87

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    Also it's not just the total bandwidth. It's also 1) what are you *really* getting. Before I dumped Charter I was paying for 6 but would rarely get 3.5 if I was lucky. Also is it a steady rate or does it bounce around a lot, if it does then Netflix will thottle down until it gets a more steady speed.
    and 2) is that a solid connection or do you get a lot of packet loss or latency. If you have high latency or a decent amount of packet loss then that will really limit the quality of your connection and Netflix won't send you the best quality stream.
     
  11. Rich

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    The CSR said it was up to the various manufacturers of streaming devices to upgrade their devices to receive 1080p. Makes me wonder why Rokus are not receiving 1080p since they upgraded months ago. But she did admit she didn't know a whole lot about the whole 1080p thing.

    Meanwhile, here's a link that y'all might find interesting.

    Rich
     
  12. Rich

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    And I've got a booster on my Cablevision cable modem and it hits 30 up and 5 down. I have no trouble streaming at all.

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  13. Rich

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    True, let me be one of those with full disclosure: I have three Rokus, three Net ready Panny BD65s and a Sammy HT-C5500, and all stream better than D*'s content, regarding PQ, of course. I don't get 5.1 on any of them, but it's coming. We also have an Xbox and a PS3 in the house. My son uses them on a 720p plasma and his PQ is very good too.

    The Rokus 720p is consistently better than D*'s 720p and the four BD players all upgrade to 1080/60p and provide a much better picture than D's 1080i. I have downloaded one 1080/24p PPV movie (Australia) and I compared it to a BluRay disc and I couldn't see any difference.

    All things being equal, the Panny BD65s have the best all around PQ. Blows the Rokus away, but that will change when Roku starts streaming in 1080p.

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  14. Rich

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    Something is wrong. You should see four dots followed by "HD" on some content. If you look at the descriptions they tell you what's in HD. If you see it in the description and you only see four dots, something is wrong. The Rokus I have all put out a better picture with the above mentioned 720p content than D*'s content.

    Rich
     
  15. tonyd79

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    I do. Why did you assume I am not.

    If your picture is better on your Roku, something is wrong with your directv setup.
     
  16. Rich

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    You said in the post I referred to: "I assure you, my Netflix download is ALWAYS 4 dots." You did not say anything about seeing the "HD" at the end of the four dots. You might try to make your posts clearer.

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    I don't even use the Rokus, my BD players put out 1080/60p and I use them for NetFlix content. And that 1080p picture blows away the 1080i picture that I get from D*. As it should. There's nothing wrong with my D* setup.

    Rich
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    DirecTV also supports some 1080p content for equal comparisons, of course...
     
  19. morgan79

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    i downloaded it threw my ps3 & was watching the hdx movie trailiers the other day & worked perfect 1080p pic & dd 5.1 sound, when u sign up you get one hd movie for free..i just got hooked up to 10 meg cable & its works fine.....i also use netflix cant wait untill they start streaming hd with 5.1 sound..for me its a no brainer,, pay a flat fee per month & watch as many blu rays as i want..i can wait 30 days ,if i really wanted to see the movie i would have seen it at the theater....
     
  20. sigma1914

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    Vudu's HDX is the best streaming I've seen.
     

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