Netflix Watch Instantly

Discussion in 'Internet Streaming Services' started by Stuart Sweet, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Should be plenty fine on a 6 meg connection. I rarely had any problems on my 6 meg Uverse connection before I upgraded speeds. Then again with Uverse there is no "throttling" and I get my full 6 megs I pay for unlike when I was with cable. So it really all depends on your ISP and if you can sustain a solid connection. It doesn't cost anything extra to stream from Netflix if you're already a member so try it out. If you don't have Netflix you can get a free 14 day trial.
  2. barryb

    barryb New Member

    Aug 26, 2007

    Works great on my 3MB connection.
  3. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Was actually thinking about a Roku. Here's where things get interesting for me though... I don't have a CAT5 connection upstairs in the bedroom, but I do have an extra router up there that I use as a wireless bridge/access point. Plus, my TV only has two component connections (1080i/480p and 480p/480i) and I am already using the 1080i one for my R22.

    - Merg
  4. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    A lot of people I know are going to Bluray units that have a lot of streaming built in, like those from Sony, since you have the added bebfit of Bluray. But e big advantage of the Roku is the ability to search and select from the streaming library. That sone thing that nothing I have, other than the Apple TV can do.
  5. Vinny

    Vinny New Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I recently changed from DVD and Instant to just instant.

    Mainly watching movies and TV Series.
  6. dorfd1

    dorfd1 Icon

    Jul 15, 2008
    I am able to watch netflix on 3 devices at once and I have a 5/768 connection also.
  7. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Interesting that you get 5.1 from your laptop. From what I've read elsewhere, only the PS3 & Apple TV currently support that with the current Netflix API.

    I have 2 WD Live Plus units. and they work flawlessly with my Charter Cable 10 Meg download speed, even when both units are being used at the same time for HD content.

    I do not get DD 5.1 yet, however. I'm anxiously waiting for an update so that I will have that in my home theater setup.

    Also - recently Netflix signed a deal with CBS to allow streaming of their catalog beginning sometime in April. Star Trek fans rejoice!! Including TNG!!! Their business model is to eventually move to all streaming.
  8. houskamp

    houskamp Active Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    not sure how many titles are 5.1 but I do know one I watched a couple weeks ago had it (I heard the back channel lite up)... I do know I don't seem to get it thru reg jacks.. Have to have the special optical 3.5mm plug... good ol' monoprice had them cheap enough :)
  9. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

    Mar 31, 2006
    I use Netflix in my living room with my Logitec Revue or my DirecTv HR22 (using playon on my PC) or on my laptop, my computer room I use my pc and TV as a second monitor or another HR22. My bed room has an HR24 and the kids room uses a PC, Xbox or HR23 to stream and the G/Fs desktop in the dining room, I am going to remodel the kitchen and add an R22 or another HR22, depends what I pull out of the closet, I also stream Netflix to an R22 in my garage... I think I watch too much TV :)
  10. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
    I recently signed up for the streaming service only. I had been thinking about it for a while but never really looked into it until I got the new AppleTV.

    I have to say, WOW, there's lots of good stuff to watch! I didn't realize how many TV shows were available! I've been watching BSG on the iPad while working out in the AM. Very cool. The addition of the Star Trek library is welcome addition. :)
  11. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    Full list updated here: DD 5.1 Netflix Streaming

    It would be interesting to me if you can confirm that any of the titles in that list work for you with DD 5.1. Does your AVR indicate Dolby Digital 5.1?
  12. stewp97

    stewp97 AllStar

    Mar 29, 2006
    Has anyone else noticed that some movies that were available to watch instantly no longer are? Around the 1st of March we lost several movies that were in our watch instantly queue. Most of the ones we noticed were Looney Tune movies. I think Christmas Vacation was in there too.

  13. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    I've seen a few DVDs removed as well, too. Most notably for me is the PBS Ken Burns Baseball series. It was available at one time, now it is not.
  14. Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    Jan 14, 2007
    I have a friend who likes the movie "over the top". She streams it while she doing stuff around the house to listen to the music. She said she streamed it one day and a couple of days later it wasnt available.
  15. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA

    As of April 12th I have 5.1 when using my WD Live Plus!

    I like the new Netflix API a lot, too.

    This is interesting - when the description of the TV show/movie first appears on the screen it indicates [HD] instantly along with the rest of the info about the program. The [5.1] symbol seems to appear a split second after everything else. It's almost as if it is testing my connection first. In any case, I can see if 5.1 is available on my screen before I watch. Very cool.

    I tested TV's 'Mission Impossible', TV's 'Lost' and TV's 'Prison Break' this morning. All had HD & 5.1 except for Prison Break (HD only, and not available with 5.1).

    I also like the new look of Netflix's web site on the movie/TV description pages.


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