Is it possible to force HD Netflix stream?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MicroApple, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. MicroApple macrumors regular

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    My Apple TV 2 hardly ever plays neflix in full HD. My Xbox 360 always plays in HD. Both never have to buffer during the movie. Both are connected by wire ( I even tried changing wires, and they are in the same room.) So I controlled all variables but Xbox 360 always streams HD and Apple TV doesn't. It must be that the Apple TV's algorithm to change quality with speed is different. Anyways I know my connection is up to it, so is there anyway I can force Apple TV to stream at the highest quality possible? I don't even mind waiting for buffering, I just want to watch in high quality.
     
  2. TofSanity macrumors 6502a

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    i maybe wrong but i think you have to be on the blu-ray plan to view HD instant videos. That's how it used to be a year ago, but i haven't used Netflix since
     
  3. MicroApple thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    I couldn't get Netflix to stay at HD quality until I stopped using wireless and plugged the Apple TV directly into the router -- maybe the slight increase in latency or whatever? How are you connected?
     
  5. MicroApple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Both Xbox 360, and Apple TV 2 connected by ethernet cable to my router.
     
  6. kellygeorge macrumors member

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    Gigabit?

    I realize this thread is old, but I just came across it. Could it be that the AppleTV is not a gigabit connection? I don't know what your router set up is, but the AppleTV does not have a gigabit ethernet port, where as the 360 does (I think). This could explain bitrate differences between the two devices.
     
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    100 is more than enough to handle most home internet connections.
    gigabit will give you a boost on sharing from one device to another inside your network.

    so, no.
     

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