Is it just me, or is Netflix quality terrible?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Dan203, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. JTYoung1

    JTYoung1 Member

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    If it is Starz Play, it is garbage. It looks as bad or worse than a VHS recording.
     
  2. Gavroche

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    Think you may have hit it there... I agree, looks awful.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    That could be it. I think most of the "bad" movies I've watched have been Starz Play.

    Dan
     
  4. slydog75

    slydog75 Not all that sly

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    You must have had one outstanding VHS player. Or maybe just a bad memory? The Stars stuff in HD on Netlfix certainly isn't real HD, but it's not VHS quality either.
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    None of the Starz stuff that I've attempted to watch has been HD. In fact very few things I'm actually interested in watching via Netflix are in HD. The only things I've seen on there that are "main stream" and HD are TV shows. Most of the big studio movies are available only in SD.

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  6. Thorin78

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    My Tivo HD just shows a gray screen when I try to watch ANY netflix. It'll show the info bar shows up, but then i just get a gray screen. It started about a week ago and I can't figure it out. I try to switch back to Tivo Central and i get the menu screen w/ the gray background. Then the Tivo reboots.

    Can anyone help?
     
  7. turbobuick86

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    Netflix needs to eliminate all 4x3 except for classic tv shows. Even if it's not HD, movies should all be 16x9 at this stage of the game.

    I'm wireless FIOS without issues with Netflix HD.
     
  8. JTYoung1

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    I suspect I got an exceptionally bad transfer of the movie I was trying to watch. It was nowhere close to SD quality and it honestly looked worse than something recorded on VHS, of course my last player was a S-VHS player so that may have had something to do with my perception.
    What I got through Starz Play IMO was unwatchable.
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I get that when there is not a good HDCP connection between my TV and my TiVo. If I simply turn of the TV, wait a few seconds, and then turn it back on it will usually work. I get the same thing from my PS3 when playing BluRay movies and my XBox 360 when playing Netflix. Although on the XBox it puts up a message actually telling you what's wrong, rather then just a blank screen like the TiVo and PS3.

    Dan
     
  10. RedDelorean

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    But I was just trying to watch a netflix movie on my series three and I just had to turn it off. The judder was unbearable. I really think txporter is on to something. I used to do a lot of format conversion stuff to get my movies stored on disk, and I've messed up enough conversions to know when the telecine isn't reversed - you get exactly this kind of effect.

    I'm glad to see at least a few others have noticed, but have to say I'm deeply disappointed that my S3 handles this so poorly.

    The original poster is definitely not imagining things- this issue is real.
     
  11. Stinkweed8

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    I have almost giving up using my s3 to watch Netflix, and prefer to use the xbox360 instead. The tivo very often wont even start the stream for some reason, and more often needs to resync or rebuffer in the middle of the show. This never happens on the xbox. Both are wired into my fast network.

    Also, teh xbox interface is light years better than the Tivo...I dont know why they dont upgrade that terrible tivo/netflix interface.
     
  12. cogx

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    I also have issues with Netflix and my S3, although it seems to be a bit better over the past couple of months. However, I'd say, 2 out of every 4 streams I start up, I get no audio to start. So, I press left to go back to the menu, start the stream over, and nearly every time I get audio on the second start. Compared to the problems I had just getting the shows to play at all earlier this year and last year, I'll take it.
     
  13. JimboG

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    Yep, since biting the bullet and finally upgrading to Xbox Live Gold, I've pretty much given up on streaming Netflix on my Series 3.

    The Netflix implementation on the Xbox 360 is better looking, more stable, and more reliable than the Series 3 Tivo.
     
  14. Mishkin

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    I've had nothing but headaches w/ Tivo Series 3 and Netflix. I've had stuttering, lost buffers, and just total lock-ups on two occasions where I had to cycle the Tivo. This is with the network connection reporting 80-ish percent signal strength.

    My PS3 has no problems at all w/ Netflix. The PS3 is right below the Tivo and going though same WIFI connection.

    I've totally given up trying to watch Netflix on my Tivo.
     
  15. PillowPants

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    You're kidding right?

    The xbox lets you browse movies that are on netflix, but aren't in your queue. It puts them into groups you may like, Comedy, Action, Visually Striking Thrillers, etc. It also lets you add those movies to your queue,. and watch movies from your queue, all in one application.

    The tivo implementation of netflix is absolutely terrible. I've never heard anyone say the xbox implementation is bad.
    The xbox is the benchmark of perfect netflix implementation
     
  16. cogx

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    I'd like to know how much more quiet the new "slim" Xbox360 is, but as loud as my Jasper model is, I can't consider it a legitimate home theater device. I shouldn't have to crank the sound of what I'm watching just to drown out the fan noise from my 360. So, I continue to muddle through with TiVo's Netflix implementation, such as it is.
     
  17. JTYoung1

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    The difference between the new Xbox "slim" and the old (fat) models is night and day. I think the new Xbox is quieter than my 40GB PS3
     
  18. MaxH42

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    I got exactly that when I played one particular episode (Red Dwarf E1S1), and after that, nothing would play right until I rebooted. Try rebooting, then playing some Netflix content you've never played before.
     
  19. rmassey

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    tonight I cannot get any picture from netflix. I get audio and a black screen on my S3. I tried about six different movies, same thing. I give up.

    I notice my TivoHD has less Netflix issues than my S3... different hardware I guess.
     
  20. TexasGrillChef

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    I think it might be you, and anyone else who doesn't have a reliable consistant broadband internet connection.

    If your internet connection can't maintain a flat consistant & constant 5mbps to your Netflix device then the quality will be reduced significantly.

    Some people set thier QOS (Quality of Service) settings in their Router to give priorty internet access to their TiVo. This will help if someone in your home is trying to do something on the internet while Netflix is playing.

    Except when I have had issues with the internet I haven't ever had any problems with Netlfix playing on any of the Netflix devices I have. Including the TiVo. The only time I have issues is when I am having internet issues.

    Keep in mind that even if you do have a consistant 16mbps internet connection. There maybe other issues going on your internet connection as well. Such as network traffic inside the home. One of the reasons QOS settings on routers are becoming an important feature to have on a router.

    TGC
     

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