Netflix Streaming Video
The Netflix streaming video service provides on-demand video to just about every TV connected widget out there. Netflix provides mostly older or B-movie content. Netflix also provides a DVD rental service to complement their streaming offerings.
|Streaming Video||$7.99 / mo|
|1 DVD At-a-time||$7.99 / mo|
Netflix have been aggressively expanding their streaming content offerings into current TV seasons and first run movies. Netflix has also angered their subscriber base by raising prices on the combined streaming video and 1 DVD plan.
Places To Watch Netflix
Netflix supports just about every platform under the sun – iPad, Android phone, Wii, Roku, Bob’s discount TV box. Android support for individual device can be dodgy because of all the various Android platforms, but Netflix is continually announcing support for new devices supported.
|Playstation 3 (TV)|
|XBox 360 (TV)|
Netflix Video Bitrates
Netflix has used two generations of encoders. The first generation was based on Microsoft’s WMV3 codec. Netflix has more recently adopted Microsoft’s VC-1 Advanced Profile, which reduces the bandwidth requirements.
|High Def||Audio Quality||Bandwidth
||1 HR TV Show Size
|Better 720p||Stereo||3.80 Mbps||1.70 GB|
|Good 720p||Stereo||2.60 Mbps||1.15 GB|
|Standard Def||Audio Quality||Bandwidth||1 HR TV Show Size
|Best 480p||Stereo||1.50 Mbps||0.65 GB|
|Good 480p||Stereo||1.00 Mbps||0.45 GB|
|Ok 480p||Stereo||500 kbps||0.25 GB|
|Bad||Stereo||375 kbps||0.15 GB|
Before using Netflix, check that your internet provider gives enough bandwidth to get the video quality you’re expecting.
The Good: Netflix is available on every platform out there and provides a large (thought dated) library. It’s a great way to test the video streaming in their household.
The Bad: Netflix’s catalog is dated, and doesn’t bring provide current TV shows or new movies that would allow someone to cut the cord. Another service will likely be needed to complete the deal. Netflix is moving aggressively to expand their content, which gives hope for an improved service.