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CES 2013: Netflix is adding 3D, Super HD to its menu as well as 4K movies to streaming

Trying to stay on the curve, Netflix announced at CES that it’s adding 3D and Super HD movies to its disc library as well as 4K resolution movies to its streaming library. Granted, the number of 3D and 4K movies are really low right now, but it’s better to start now than to be last one on the bus.

While casual viewers have been conditioned to think that all HD video is pretty much the same, videophiles know that the amount of data compression used can take a serious bite out of your picture quality. Netflix’s Super HD promises a picture that’s “even better than HD” whatever that means, even though it’s still 1080p. Presumably, the Super HD service will use less/better compression to bring you an an “incredibly clear, smooth 1080p picture,” with the bonus of making certain titles available in 3D.

There is a bit of a catch: your ISP will have to take part in Netflix’s Open Connect service, which at the moment rules out lots of popular providers. To check if your ISP can deliver Super HD. see here.

Stepping things up a notch, over in a dark corner of the Samsung booth, a 65-inch UHD TV was showing a repeating loop of 4K Ultra HD video streamed from Netflix’s servers. The staff were keeping tight lipped about this so-called beta test, with no potential release date to tease us with.


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