There have been several news posts out there stating that NetFlix is now streaming in HD via PC and Mac. Well, it seems that the Netflix player is now loading the HD icon in the bottom corner where the user can toggle the HD stream. Seems that it is not fully implemented as of yet though. Most are reporting spotty or no HD performance as of yet. But I bet this is all a work in progress and the full HD experience is just around the corner.
Here is a list of shows on netflix that will stream in 720P HD IF…IF you have enough bandwidth to support it.
Brent Ayrey, director of product management for Netflix, announced,
“HD streaming requires Silverlight 3, a
nd you must have both sufficient bandwidth and a sufficiently large screen size to get an HD stream. When watching a title that has HD stream available you’ll see an icon in the player controls at the bottom of the screen – if the title is streaming in HD that icon will light up.”
I’ve seen some posts that this works only in WMC and not IE or FFOx. I’ll try to test it to see if it works in a browser as I don’t want to even mess with WMC.
Well, I just played Legend of the Seeker in FFox and it
automatically played in HD. Very, very nice picture and smooooooth on the Revo 3610! See the HD icon? Mouse over it and it says, “buffering in HD.” So, no need to US WMC to view NF in HD.
In boxee, this same video seems to play in NF HD and is very laggy. After it buffers, it’s crystal clear, but laggy. If iI play a non-HD file with NF in Boxee, it plays perfectly as it always does. So, it seems to me the auto HD stream will work in boxee, but you better have enough CPU to play them smoothly.
Small article on Engadget: Here