Netflix to Offer 1080p and 3D Streaming... For Select ISPs

Netflix announced that it'll be offering "Super HD" and 3D streaming for customers on "select ISPs".

No, Netflix isn't an early adopter of 4K resolutions. "Super HD" is simply Netflix's term to help hype its support for 1080p.

Unfortunately, Netflix isn't kidding about "select" ISPs. Only Netflix subscribers with Cablevision or Google Fiber will have access to the exclusive "Super HD" and 3D streaming.

But it's not Netflix's fault. In 2012, Netflix launched Open Connect, allowing ISPs to manage the flow of content to their customers. So, for now, Cablevision and Google Fiber are the only ISPs that have opted to support "Super HD" and 3D streaming.

There are currently a select few devices besides PCs that are compatible with Netflix's "Super HD" streaming, which include the Wii U, Roku with 1080p, PlayStation 3, and Apple TV with 1080p, though more devices are promised to come.

 

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  • Only direct-to-the-home fiber or minimum 50mb/s (sustained) connections could support such bandwidth for streaming 1080p 3D content, and only from ISPs without caps, since otherwise it'd be pointless if you stream a few movies and use up all your bandwidth.
    Not many people have access to such ISPs, since they're only common in tightly packed urban areas where buildings are all squeezed together to make laying cables easier, like New York City or y'know, most of modern Eurasia.

    Streaming still doesn't compare in quality to Blu-ray though, so I don't give a damn either way.
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  • I have TekSavvy and I think it's owned by Rogers now and I have a 50" Panasonic Plasma 3D Smart TV and I now have the Netflix 3D and "SuperHD". So kudos to us Canadians!
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    But it's not Netflix's fault. In 2012, Netflix launched Open Connect, allowing ISPs to manage the flow of content to their customers. So, for now, Cablevision and Google Fiber are the only ISPs that have opted to support "Super HD" and 3D streaming.


    BBUUUUULLLLLLLSSSSHHHHIIIITTTTT

    If they wanted to they could support it on any connection that has the speed like they do now. Saying it's not Netflix's fault is like saying a you can't buy premium gas because your car company won't opt-in to their "fuel delivery" plan .

    And what's up with only supporting Win8?
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