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Customers must verify that their ISP is part of Open Connect before using either the Super HD or 3D formats

Netflix is offering higher quality video formats in the way of Super HD and even a 3D option for certain films.

Through Netflix's own content delivery network (CDN), Open Connect, Netflix is offering Super HD options to improve picture quality for those with 1080p HDTVs.

In addition, select titles will be available in 3D, such as "Immortals," "The Art of Flight," "African Wild," "Scary Tales" and "Live Fire." Netflix said it will consider introducing more 3D titles if there's demand for it.

"These new Super HD and 3D formats are more challenging to deliver than our other video streams, which is why we will deliver them through Open Connect," said Ken Florance, vice president of content delivery at Netflix. "Any ISP that wants to be able to deliver our new formats can do so easily and for free."

Customers must verify that their ISP is part of Open Connect before using either the Super HD or 3D formats. If your ISP isn't part of Open Connect, you can get it right here.

Source: Netflix

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ISPs and Usage Based Pricing
By TDMoses on 1/8/2013 10:36:16 PM , Rating: 1
No matter how good or bad these formats are, they probably won't last since ISPs are shifting to a scheme which makes users pay based on the data they use.

RE: ISPs and Usage Based Pricing
By MadMan007 on 1/9/2013 1:04:07 AM , Rating: 5
Not to mention ISPs who aren't dumb pipes and have their own video services have absolutely no reason to 'voluntarily' help set up a system that would help Netflix.

I'm so glad entrenched interests can stifle innovation so easily *sigh*

By othercents on 1/9/2013 8:48:39 AM , Rating: 2
It would be beneficial for the ISP to use the Open Connect Appliance in all the major hubs. If they did it that way the ISP wouldn't have as much congestion going out of their networks to the internet since the end users would be connecting to the appliance that is just on the other end of the wire. It isn't that they are helping Netfix as much as reducing the cost of running the ISP.

However your right in the fact that the ISPs have their own video services would gladly stifle Netflix by configuring the Open Connect, making all connections use this appliance, then throttle the appliance to provide poor service. That would allow the ISP to push their service over the competition.

RE: ISPs and Usage Based Pricing
By HostileEffect on 1/9/13, Rating: 0
RE: ISPs and Usage Based Pricing
By Silver2k7 on 1/9/2013 3:12:48 AM , Rating: 2
Im not sure when flat rate was introduced, but I belive it was something like 1996 with the 0.5Mbit/0.5Mbit ADSL.

I know a few places like say Australia still have limits on how many Gigabytes can be used in a month..

And well some of the wireless internet forms are limited..

but for anything else it would be silly, to go back almost 20 years to charging for bandwith or minutes..

RE: ISPs and Usage Based Pricing
By StevoLincolnite on 1/9/2013 10:49:15 AM , Rating: 2
I know a few places like say Australia still have limits on how many Gigabytes can be used in a month..

Our mobile broadband I think you will find is very competitive if not cheaper than the USA.

Our fixed lines however, do have caps, but that's also due to the limited and relatively expensive inter-continental bandwidth pipes and having a monopoly on all the telecommunication infrastructure.

However, the flip side to caps is that ISP's in order to stay competitive give consumers free stuff, things like Xbox Live! Steam, Usenet etc' end up data free on allot of providers.

RE: ISPs and Usage Based Pricing
By Alexvrb on 1/9/2013 10:55:58 PM , Rating: 3
How is that a flip side? That's just an exception to their caps, making them suck slightly less. That's like saying that they kick you in the nuts every hour, but on the flip side sometimes they don't kick you in the nuts.

A flip side would be that they bring you breakfast every morning as a way of apologizing for horrible bandwidth caps.

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