Showing posts with label Super HD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Super HD. Show all posts

Monday, October 14, 2013

Netflix ISP Speed Index Gets A Fresh Look

We have just added September data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” providing our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience. With this update, we also refreshed the look of our monthly rankings, adding a gradient to the leaderboards to better show performance differences.


In case you missed it, on Sept. 26 we made the highest quality HD streams available to all Netflix members, regardless of their Internet service provider. We initially made these "Super HD" streams available only through ISPs with a direct connection to Netflix. We don't expect the broader availability to substantially change the rankings. ISPs with a direct Netflix connection will continue to deliver the best Netflix experience.

Located at http://ISPSpeedIndex.Netflix.com/ the Netflix ISP Speed Index provides an easy overview of the performance of ISPs in several of the countries Netflix is available in. Updated on a monthly basis, the site allows for easy comparison of ISPs in a country as well as international comparisons.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 37 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month. The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.

Note: the average performance is below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes Netflix uses to deliver the TV shows and movies as well as the variety of devices members use and home network conditions. These factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs.

Joris

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Highest Quality HD Now Available To All Netflix Members

All Netflix members, regardless of their Internet service provider (ISP), now have access to the highest quality HD streams available on Netflix.

This means that the great TV shows and movies on Netflix will look even better on HD screens with a higher bit rate stream, Super HD, that applies less compression to the 1080p image.

We initially rolled out Super HD in January only through ISPs with a direct connection to Netflix. Based on the performance data we’ve seen, and in response to member requests, we are now expanding availability to give all our members the ability to enjoy Netflix in the best possible quality.

Netflix uses “adaptive streaming” to dynamically adjust the video quality based on the available bandwidth. This means that the ability to receive Super HD depends on broadband quality and performance. Netflix members who subscribe to an ISP with a direct Netflix connection will get the best experience. Find out more about ISP performance by consulting the Netflix ISP Speed Index.

We continue to encourage ISPs to adopt Netflix Open Connect, our highly optimized video content delivery network. Open Connect is available at no cost to ISPs and is designed to deliver the best possible Netflix experience by storing the TV shows and movies Netflix members want to watch as close to them as possible.

Note that HD and Super HD are only available on certain titles and can only be displayed on devices that support HD. More detail is available in the Netflix Help Center.

Joris

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix