Originally Posted by john4200
I suspect the reason a lot of people say that netflix streaming quality is okay is because they are watching it on a small computer monitor (or tablet computer or smartphone) which has very poor dynamic range.
If you watch the streaming video on a high quality display (not intended for computers, but for home theater) it is easy to spot the artifacts, especially in the dark scenes.
I watch on either of my 42" TV's using a PS3 or my Vizio GoogleTV. The GoogleTV box (wireless) is okay, gets the job done. Looks like it gets "up to" TV quality. It won't pre cache a following episode, or anything else.
In my opinion the PS3 is the best Netflix player out there (never seen it on an AppleTV) and it (to me anyway) looks better like greater quality than my Xbox 360. It will pre-cache the next episode so if I finish episode 3 and immediately start 4 it already has downloaded a chunk of it.
So what I'm saying is not all Netflix players/devices are created equal. If you think you're Netflix shows looks like poo, go to a friends house that has a different device and compare.