Can I force Netflix to 720p? (3Mbps!)

Discussion in 'Apple TV Apps' started by GregA, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. GregA macrumors 65816

    Mar 14, 2003
    Sydney Australia
    Hi there,
    I only have a 720p television, and I've set my AppleTV to 720p, no problem.

    But Netflix continues to use 1080p at 5.8Mbps. I'm in Australia, so I have a download limit, and this high resolution is totally unnecessary. I hoped that if the AppleTV was set to 720p that the app would recognise that. Similarly the Netflix account options have an option for 480p or 1080p.

    Any ideas?

  2. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Did you check the Netflix site for your login. I know you set the speed but not sure about this.
  3. geesus macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2015
  4. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    The TV should display the resolution.

    Consider getting an ATV2, or see if an AT3 works in forcing those settings.
  5. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    Downgrade your subscription to exclude HD?
  6. geesus macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2015
    That won't show the resolution that Netflix is streaming at surely? The Apple TV doesn't adjust it's video output based on the bitrate of the Netflix video.

    See this discussion here:
  7. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    The ATV4 Netflix app is a mess. It's hard to find content and lacks any meaningful settings.
    As for 720 vs 1080, you will see some benefit from the 1080 stream, even when down sampled to 720 you should get smoother gradients and less artifacts.
    Still, you should send feedback to Netflix so they are at least aware of the demand for a better app (not to Apple, they don't control anything about the new app).
  8. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    The nextflix app on atv4 is the same Netflix app in other systems ps4 Xbox
  9. StevenWalker macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2014
    You adjust your Netflix stream quality in your Netflix user settings, turn off Auto, or max HD setting and make it MED.
  10. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Yeah, and that's part of the problem. The "native" Netflix set top experience is very different and in many ways inferior to the version Apple calaborated on for the previous ATV.

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