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Video Comparison: Netflix PS3 vs Wii

Now that the instant streaming discs for both the PS3 and the Wii have shipped, the Bros wanted to see just how well Netlix performed on each system.

In their video, the Bros compare how quickly Netflix loads, how long it takes for videos to start to playing, how good the videos look and if there is any noticeable lag or drop outs during playback.

And the results certainly ARE surprising...

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Michael Myers3185d ago

i dont care cause i dont use netflix. rent something and they never get it right! like gaemfly. but anyways, if they both perform good, id still go with the ps3.

Smacktard3185d ago

...Why would you prefer to use the one that works worse?

Anyways, the results are very surprising (even though the "the results are surprising!" comment in the article kind of ruined the surprise), especially considering I heard trash-talk about Netflix on the Wii, but not on the PS3. Hmm, I wonder what that says...?

qface643185d ago

oh no wii owners have to wait a little longer for loading how will they ever survive

im throwing this out here but netflix instant streaming sucks BIG TIME i got the ps3 disc
seriously what is this? this is the big deal everyone was talking about?
how is netflix on consoles a big deal?
the instant streaming movies are garbage
like 50% of the movies if not more are straight to DVD, TV original movies

Nitrowolf23185d ago

dude netflix rental work perfect for me
its gamefly that needs to get better
netflix take about a day for them to get and then the next they put a soon to ship/ship and then the next day its at your house
gamefly is just random
for recieving it could take 3-7 days
just for shipping its about 3 days after they have sent it
luckily it has been seem to have gotten better for me, i have rented about 8 games this month, last it was only 3

Christopher3184d ago

People do understand that video quality is based on connection, right?

Has absolutely nothing to do with which console/platform it's on.

IdleLeeSiuLung3184d ago (Edited 3184d ago )

I could see why you would say that and it is true for most devices that has the software done by Netflix.

However, on the Xbox 360, MS coded it and implemented seamless stream switching and buffer analysis. This means in close to real-time it will determine if it can bump up or lower your quality to adjust for network congestion and etc.

On the other platforms, it will pick one quality at the beginning and stick with it throughout the whole movie. This means even if you free up more bandwidth after the movie started, you won't get the better quality. If your bandwidth decreases you will get a lot of stutter.

That is why the Xbox 360 support for Netflix is better than others. It is not a hardware limitation, it is a software implementation issue.

More information on the 360 implementation of Netflix by the Xbox Engineering Team on their blog here:

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/l...

Shang-Long3184d ago

Ya I donno what some of you ate saying. Between the streaming and the ones I get in the mail. Netflix for me is a win. Had one problem and that was the 1st night. Haven't had one since. I love my netflix on my ps3. But I do wish they had more to choose from on the instant streaming

ActionBastard3184d ago (Edited 3184d ago )

It's hardly a software implementation issue. It's apparent you don't understand what you linked so let me break it down for you:

* The 360 engineers coded the UI and interface for the Netflix app. This has d!ck to do with (mostly) seamless stream switching or rebuffering.

*Roku, as well as the PS3, use rebuffering, Netflix's VC-1 encoding, and seamless stream switching. However, MS coined the term "(Mostly) Seamless Stream Switching".

*Use "other" platforms before you speak about what they can and can't do. And only link to topics you understand.

* All content is pulled from Netflix servers, not farms parsed out for each platform.

Just some thoughts.

IdleLeeSiuLung3184d ago (Edited 3184d ago )

"It's hardly a software implementation issue. It's apparent you don't understand what you linked so let me break it down for you:"

By the fact that you say it is not a software issue shows that you don't understand d!ck unless you thought I spoke about something else. I was talking about the quality of dynamically adjusting the video quality.

"* The 360 engineers coded the UI and interface for the Netflix app. This has d!ck to do with (mostly) seamless stream switching or rebuffering."

I suggest you re-read the article, MS implemented re-buffering which is basically buffer analysis in this case.

"*Roku, as well as the PS3, use rebuffering, Netflix's VC-1 encoding, and seamless stream switching. However, MS coined the term "(Mostly) Seamless Stream Switching"."

I guess waiting for the buffer to catch up again while the video is frozen is re-buffering. How you do the buffer analysis determines the quality you see on screen.... The encoding has no bearing because they should be the same on both platform. What we are interested in is how well the video quality is adjusted on the fly....

"*Use "other" platforms before you speak about what they can and can't do. And only link to topics you understand."

Yes, I do own and use all three major platforms. This is just your assumption that I do not.

"* All content is pulled from Netflix servers, not farms parsed out for each platform."

That has nothing to do with the implementation in software and is for the most part the same on all platforms. So why is that even brought up?

But if you must know, directly from Netflix themselves not all content is identical on all platforms. Here is quote from Netflix own blog:

"Different Content, Different Devices, Different Characteristics

Finally, different titles, and different encodes for different playback device types, may come from different CDNs or different servers at a particular CDN, so may have different paths and different bottlenecks. Accordingly, customers may see better performance on Xbox than their PC, or vice-versa. Equivalently, some titles may stream unaffected, while others suffer congestion. There is no purposeful discrimination between different clients – we want them all to perform very well."

source: http://blog.netflix.com/200...

Why bring up all this irrelevant things unless you don't know what you are talking about.

Bottom line, the software on most other devices pale in comparison to the Xbox implementation.... and yes, it is a software issue that should be relatively easy to fix. If Netflix does it or not is another issue.

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unrealgamer583185d ago

So true dude, Gamefly takes so long to get to my house. Maybe he lives closer to the distribution center

Megaton3184d ago

Nah, it's all his poor internet, as stated by many people when this ended up on Kotaku. Loading times aren't anywhere near that long for people with a decent connection, on either console.

DelbertGrady3184d ago

Force field of ignorance - ready!
Wave of excuses - ready!
"Don't care" torpedoes - ready!
"Netflix sucks anyways" guided missiles - at stand-by!
Reality shield - initiated!

RedDragan3184d ago

lol

Man, you try but still fail bad!

We have the movie download service on PSN, where we can rent and buy SD/HD movies. Without a subscription.

We then have Netflix if we want it.

Personally, I rent from PSN and if I like the movie I buy from ASDA, Play.com or Tesco.

Are you gonna try convincing me that I am doing something wrong now!?

yewles13184d ago

"SDF Engage!
Force field of ignorance - ready!
Wave of excuses - ready!
"Don't care" torpedoes - ready!
"Netflix sucks anyways" guided missiles - at stand-by!
Reality shield - initiated!"

REALLY?!? You're gonna' dance around about HD vs SD/ED... REALLY!?! Soda fizzled once again... XD

RedDragan3184d ago

Netflix is just an added bonus for PS3. PSN has it's movie service, I tend to rent movies from there and if I like the movie I buy the blu-ray from Play.com, ASDA or Tesco.

Michael Myers3184d ago

the psn movie store is better.

dragunrising3184d ago

Thats right...rent an SD movie from the PSN store (and XBL) for $3 or HD for $5...thats such a good deal (dur!).

The reason most people stick with Netflix is attributed to saving a ton of money. It takes at most 3 days for me to get a movie (usually 2). Instant streaming is wonderful if you have a decent internet connection. Watching the Office in HD is very nice. If you don't have at least a 3 Mbps connection you need to upgrade...

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