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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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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.

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