With a 150Mbps connection, you can also download files fairly quickly. For instance, a music album will download in around 5 seconds and a HD-quality movie will download in about 4 minutes. Browsing the internet and receiving emails should be near-instantaneous on a 150Mbps connection.
With a download speed of 150Mbps, you can download an entire music album in about 5 seconds. It will take 4 minutes to download a HD-quality film (1080p quality) and about 18 minutes to download an ultra-HD quality movie (4K quality).
If you're connecting to the internet over wi-fi, the download speed on individual devices may be slower than 150Mbps. This is often due to poor wi-fi or congestion from other networks. This will stop you from getting the full potential of your broadband service. For instance, you might experience buffering when watching videos online due to poor wi-fi, even if your broadband connection is able to support it.
The biggest disadvantage of HDX is the amount of time it takes to download a full-length movie, if downloading it as opposed to streaming. For streaming, a fast broadband Internet connection is required, with bandwidth of over 4.5mbps for HDX, and over 2.25mbps for regular HD. Vudu offers a speed test page where users can check their Internet connection bandwidth, which can vary by day of week and time of day.
The major TV makers will add many new models with specialized Internet connectivity to provide movie-streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. Expect new companies to pop up and announce new movie streaming or download services in the first quarter of 2009, all offered as an alternative to DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
After adding a few movies and TV shows to my instant queue, I walked from my home office over to my living room to find that the tagged programs and films were already available on my device. That simply and quickly, I had full-length movies and TV shows available for my viewing pleasure, some even in High Def. Cool!
In addition to instant streaming, Netflix customers can get DVDs or Blu-ray Discs by mail for more traditional movie-watching. On standard definition titles, colors were a bit muted compared to DVD and aliasing artifacts were visible around edges and in static backgrounds, but overall the quality was pretty good. For HD films, the quality bar was usually full with the letters "HD" at the end showing that I was indeed getting the high definition versions of the films or TV shows. Video quality on these was noticeably better than standard def titles, with fewer artifacts, richer more saturated colors and improved detail. Panning shots and fast moving images did exhibit some motion smearing, but nothing too drastic. This is not Blu-ray quality, but if you want that, then simply add the Blu-ray Disc for any film in your regular Netflix queue and you'll have it in a day or two.
When Netflix first started in 1997, the name was appropriate as you could rent flicks over the internet, but you still had to wait a bit for the titles to show up in the mail. Now, with instant internet video streaming, the name is even more accurate. By embedding Netflix capabilities in a variety of consumer devices that are likely to be installed in the living room or home theater, Netflix is offering consumers a choice between the instant gratification of movies-on-demand and the higher quality of rented physical media (Blu-ray Discs and DVD). And it's giving us this choice at no incremental cost (for existing customers) and for a low flat monthly fee (for new Netflix customers). I like choices. If a Blu-ray player is on your wish list, then the Netflix-enabled LG BD300 and Samsung BD-P2500 or BD-P2550 should be on your short list.
Amazon Prime Video features over 25,000 movies and TV shows, including exclusive originals, live sports, and film premieres for $8.99 a month, or $14.99 included with an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video streams in 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and allows mobile downloads for offline viewing of some content. 2b1af7f3a8