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Amazon HD vs Netflix HD quality

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by jerrykur, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. jerrykur

    jerrykur New Member

    Jun 22, 2009

    Is there a difference in the HD quality between downloading a movie from Amazon to you series 3 or streaming from Netflix?


  2. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    It all depends on the show, but Amazon will often be a bit better. I think Netflix maxes out a bit above 3 Mbps, while the last HD show I downloaded from Amazon was about 5 Mbps. But other Amazon HD shows are not that high quality.
  3. daveak

    daveak Series 3 Novice

    Mar 23, 2009
    Quality is very connected to your bandwidth. NetFlix is a streaming service, so unless you have at least a 4 -5 mb connection you will not get HD. And the best sound you can hope for from Netflix is DD(?) 2.0.

    Amazon, as it downloads, is not so dependent on your bandwidth - though a slow connection speed means a very long time for a movie. If you are at 5mb, that is about real time - I have a 3mb connection so I need to wait at least an hour to watch a movie being downloaded.

    Picture quality from NetFlix - at its best - is 720p, and from Amazon you will be usually getting 1080i from your TiVo. Amazon also offers 5.1 sound on many titles.

    So it is really a choice specific to the end user. We are NetFlix subs and usually stream at least a couple shows or a movie every week. We have downloaded a couple shows, in a one year period, from Amazon. So we use the NetFlix service weekly and Amazon a couple times A Year.

    Price is the issue. At 3mb we get the best SD quality you can (all the bars lit up, but not the HD words) and that is good enough for most shows and some movies. If is is an action movie or other type where better sound and picture is desired, we have the Blu-Ray come in the mail from NetFlix. If we really like or want a specific movie, we just buy it.

    Amazon charges you per download, but NetFlix is a flat fee per month. Do the math and see what works best for you and your situation.

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