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  • Anyone else streaming Netflix?

    Since my new receiver can accept hdmi from my PS3, I pulled the trigger on Netflix streaming.

    Pretty remarkable that for $8/month you have unlimited streaming. You can start/stop/watch as many movies as you like, with no time limit on when you have to watch them. Compare that, both in terms of cost and function, to On Demand, or any other pay-as-you-go service, and there's just no comparison. I've already watched 3 HD movies, which would have cost $18 on On Demand.

    My only complaint (oh boo hoo) is that the number of movies that stream in 5.1 is quite limited. Why so few I wonder?

    And the selection of which are 5.1 and which aren't can be pretty bizarre. Many new, high tech blockbusters are NOT in 5.1 (2012 for instance), while some older more obscure movies are. Seems random. Anyone know the rhyme and reason for why some are in 5.1, and some aren't?

    Most movies are in HD, which is great... so if they're able to stream HD video, why is 5.1 so tough?

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    Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

    We stream Netflix, and one of the other nice things is that my youngest daughter can stream on the same account while she is away at school. I'm streaming through a Sony BDP-S570 bluray player, and my daughter is using her macbook.
    We are on the streaming + one disk plan, and obviously the blurays are nicer than the streaming, but its nice to be able to stream. Just last night we watched The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and I'm guessing that my daughter will be watching it soon as well.
    The only thing I worry about is ISPs eventually throttling data volume and/or rates, as Netflix evidently accounts for a quarter of all internet traffic in the US. Of course, I think that porn probably accounts for an even higher percentage.
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    • #3
      Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

      Yeah. I love it. We don't have a TV, don't have cable. But we do have Netflix.

      I wouldn't mind if they charged $12 a month in order to offer a wider selection of new releases streaming, more HD content, and the ability to use "profiles" with streaming!

      That last one is a big deal for families I think - we basically don't use any DVDs anymore but I really don't want my 7 year old watching "The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest" the day after I do.

      I was so upset when I signed into his "profile" and couldn't get to the "Watch Instantly" page - wtf? That totally negates any benefit to profiles for us.
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      • #4
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        This is something I'm gonna do when I spring for my wireless router and stuff for my PS3. A friend has the Netflix through his PS3, wonderful. I detest about 99% of what my DirecTV channel line-up has to offer, preferring motorcycle racing, astronomy documentaries and good anime' over the drivel of ball sports and the stuff that the major networks offer. I saw what Netflix has to offer and it seems I could dump DirecTV and just go with my Netflix choices. If DirecTV charged me by the individual channels I actually watch, they wouldn't even offer me satellite TV. Nice to see someone enjoying the on-demand programs/movies. Nice piece of kit you got with that new Yammie...any opinions on 2-channel music with it?

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by johnastockman View Post
          ..any opinions on 2-channel music with it?

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          Funny you should ask. Just listened to Getz/Gilberto on it. VERY nice. Perhaps a tad sharp in the highs, might dial it back a smidge at 2.5khz (the receiver has a 8 or 9 band EQ). Maybe not though. It might be that I need to get used to just how sharp and detailed it sounds. It seems like this thing has one heck of a DAC in it.

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          • #6
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            We stream Netflix via our Tivo, although I've used my HTPC also. Still a bit disappointed in the streaming selections, but quality is generally quite good.

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            • #7
              Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

              Originally posted by lunchmoney View Post
              Since my new receiver can accept hdmi from my PS3, I pulled the trigger on Netflix streaming.

              Pretty remarkable that for $8/month you have unlimited streaming. You can start/stop/watch as many movies as you like, with no time limit on when you have to watch them. Compare that, both in terms of cost and function, to On Demand, or any other pay-as-you-go service, and there's just no comparison. I've already watched 3 HD movies, which would have cost $18 on On Demand.

              My only complaint (oh boo hoo) is that the number of movies that stream in 5.1 is quite limited. Why so few I wonder?

              And the selection of which are 5.1 and which aren't can be pretty bizarre. Many new, high tech blockbusters are NOT in 5.1 (2012 for instance), while some older more obscure movies are. Seems random. Anyone know the rhyme and reason for why some are in 5.1, and some aren't?

              Most movies are in HD, which is great... so if they're able to stream HD video, why is 5.1 so tough?
              When did they start 5.1 streaming? I heard rumors a while back, but didn't know they had done it. Guess it's time to buy the optical cable that I'm short on.

              By the way, Netfix has a really good Peter Frampton concert on the instant streaming. They also have some good TV shows. I bought a Western Digital WDTV live plus. With it, you can browse movies to watch, and add them to your Que.

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              • #8
                Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                Our new OPPO BDP-93 BluRay player comes with wireless (and wired) network capability, and we've been streaming Netflix and Blockbuster through it, as well as playing music stored on my computer downstairs.

                Netflix works very well for only $8 per month. Blockbuster has newer releases available, and charges by the show. If you watch a two newly released shows on Blockbuster, it's more than Netflix charges in a month.

                Last night was the only night where I had a beef with picture quality on Netflix. We watched Angels and Demons (Tom Hanks), and the background would get blocky on occasion. Perhaps the recent bad weather affected the internet's speed.
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                • #9
                  Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                  Been streaming with Netflix for over a year. I have 2 Wiis and I can stream to both even though they are in different rooms. I have considered buying a Roku or Western digital in order to have other streaming opportunities. Quit often it beats the heck out of what is on TV.

                  Robert

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                  • #10
                    Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                    My computer has a DVI video output and a digital audio out. I have a Netflix account and Hulu desktop. Between the two I rarely find I lack for variety in content. I have an OPPO bdp-83 for those movies that must be viewed in HD to fully appriciate.

                    As I understood it, Hulu plus (the pay version of Hulu) has the highest definition streaming content which I believe is 720p. I'm curious as to what Netflix HD is? I thought 420p was the best definition streaming content available through Netflix.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                      We recently picked up an LG BluRay player and have been streaming Netflix with it. Liked it well enough to pick up another one. Picture quality isn't very high with a slower DSL connection but no worse than old analog TV. I just finished hooking up a 5.1 HT system this weekend so I'll be able to evaluate the SQ now.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                        I'm also on the netflix-hulu combo, no more Dish for about two years now. the only thing I really miss is the syfy/bbc america(Dr who and such) so for those things I have to go with i-Tunes. I also use a usb tv tuner in my PC and use PS3mediaserver to recorded shows to my ps3, plus I use tversity to stream the downloaded hulu content to the ps3
                        As far as the 5.1 I also need to invest in a optical cable now, I'd be interested to hear if it's the starz movies that are Not in 5.1, wouldn't surprise me as their encoding is worse than the non-starz
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                        • #13
                          Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                          I've been streaming netflix via my TV the only complaint I have is how quickly we can go through all the "new releases" when it comes to watching movies we've not seen before. For the price though it's a no brainier especially if you're opting to not have cable.

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                            Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                            Netflix = awesome. We still pay ~$20 or whatever it is for the 3-disc-at-a-time plan. We hardly ever use the DVDs anymore, though, there's usually something we want to watch in our instant queue.

                            We've had the Roku box for over a year -- it's VERY good at what it does, and they're only $59 now. Santa brought us a Blu-ray player this past Xmas, so we use that now to stream in the living room. I think I remember reading that the max res available right now on Netflix is 480. But we have a 42" LCD 120hz 1080p and streaming HD on Netflix usually looks great, esp. on older movies that obviously weren't filmed in HD to begin with.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Anyone else streaming Netflix?

                              I went the no-cable route. With the saved money, I have a contract with Tivo which I use for over-the-air broadcasts. We also are on the 3 at a time Netflix plan, but will probably drop it to the single disk plan.

                              I was under the impression that Tivo only stored 2-channel to disk, but I may be out of date.

                              The Tivo streams 480P Netflix really well (6 mbs DSL). Recently, I tried 720p I had to occasionally wait for buffering. I don't know if it was me or if the Netflix server was under high demand (10:00 pm Saturday).

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