Netflix continues to suck on new ATV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by steve dave, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. steve dave macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    I quit using my old Apple TV because it was worthless with Netflix. I bought the new one with the hopes that it would be improved. It clearly isn't.

    It refuses to stream anything in HD. I thought it was a bandwidth issue but that clearly isn't it as I have no problem steaming 1080p content from iTunes. I can't believe these two companies can't freaking get this simple thing right. I am packing it up and going back to my PS3.
  2. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Go to the netflix web site on your computer, go into account settings, and then to manage Video quality and make sure best quality is selected.
  3. SoCalRich macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    That's exactly what I did and the video is great.
  4. saccento macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    New Jersey
    hm does this really make a difference? I didn't have anything selected
  5. steve dave thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    Do I have to do this for every device I have? I have no problem streaming 1080p through my ps3.
  6. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    No, once done it should be for all devices, including computers. But I do agree, the 1080p video quality on the atv3 is not as good as the ps3, Roku or boxee with netflix.
  7. joudbren macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    EXACT same issue here. Was hoping new firmware would fix this on my ATV2 but nope. ATV3 is being delivered Tuesday but not holding my breath it will be any better. My PS3, Panasonic Bluray player and LG Smart TV all have Netflix and all stream flawlessly except for ATV. Netflix settings are for highest vid quality and all devices are hard wired Ethernet on 25Gbps download Internet. Sigh...

  8. elmo151 Guest

    Jul 3, 2007
    did it; but I don't see any difference
  9. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    What is your internet download speed? I believe it has to maintain at least 5 Mbs for Netflix to stream 1080p.
  10. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    Appears Netflix on their end must have fixed a few bugs as Netflix 1080p streaming is a lot better than before. No more pixelation or artifacts. The quality is now quite god.
  11. mac3973 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    ^^^ I agree, my girlfriend and I are watching all the seasons of Greys Anatomy and we both noticed a change in the quality (for the better) yesterday. The picture just has a really crisp look to it.
  12. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    I suspect that for every person who says the PS3 or XBox streams fine while the Apple TV does not you'll find another person who says just the opposite (i.e. the Apple TV works fine but the PS3 does not). Sadly, internet-based streaming is still kind of a black art -- the problem(s) can be with the service, your ISP, the connection from your ISP, your network, the devices on your network, or any individual sample of a device that you've connected to all of the above (interactions and incompatibilities). Note that just because one device appears to work better than another that doesn't absolutely guarantee that the problem is solely with that one device (that doesn't appear to work as well).

    I know, for instance, that I've had problems streaming to my PS3 even while my Apple TV was fine. Fortunately, the last time I checked all of my devices were working fine.

    But, of course, if you can't get the Apple TV to work (with Netflix) and you think that you've exhausted all practical remedies then you should just return the device and be done with it.
  13. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    After a few days more of watching, the quality continues to be quite good.
  14. atandon macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2012
    I love netflix on the apple tv.
    The picture quality is sharp. No buffering issues, etc
    I love that the netlfix app starts up instantaneously in contrast with other platforms like the PS3 where it takes ages to load the app.
  15. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I just purchased my first Apple TV (it should be arriving in the mail soon). I have a Samsung Blu-ray player with Netflix but it's not wireless and I have to run an Ethernet cord across my room to it. So, wireless Netflix was one of my reasons for purchasing the Apple TV. I've heard a few of you mention that it is supposed to have 1080p Netflix? I never knew what resolution HD Netflix was; although, the shows that are in HD look very good coming from my Samsung player. So, should I expect 1080p from Netflix shows that are in HD on my Apple TV?
  16. steve dave thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    Well when I get at least 720p on four other devices in my house that are all connected wired and wirelessly to the same network, then I tend to think that apple simply can't get it right.

    I only bought this because I wanted to start using iTunes to buy movies and tv shows and have one device to do that with Netflix and MLB. I will just use another video service that will work with the gear I already have.

    I have begun the return process and am shipping it back tomorrow.
  17. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    I had the same opinion of the ATV3 prior to the netflix fix. I have 4 devices wired via ethernet to my Airport extreme. Boxee box, blu ray, Sharp tv and ATV3. I have no problem streaming any device in HD whether it be for Netflix, VUDU, MLB, NHL, etc.

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