Lots of people have been asking about the new “Super HD” from Netflix, what it is, how to get it etc. So here’s some info to get you started:
What is Netflix Super HD
- Netflix “Super HD” is at the same 1080p maximum resolution, but delivers a clearer picture by using more bandwidth (think high quality jpeg vs low quality jpeg that are the same resolution, but the one with better quality is a larger file).
- In your Netflix settings, “Low” takes up about .3 GB per hour, “Medium” take .7 GB per hour, “High” takes up to 3GB per hour, and “Auto” updates based on your connection. If SuperHD is available, High and Auto can both get it, assuming your connection to Netflix is fast enough.
- Not all ISP’s are currently offering Super HD, as they have to agree to Netflix’ “Open Connect” – which lets people stream video from peer-to-peer instead of only directly from Netflix. It makes sense, if Netflix just sent me “Air Bud”, and my neighbor starts streaming the same thing, why not have me send him some of it while Netflix sends him the rest? Of course the “anti-net neutrality” lobby like Time Warner would have you believe otherwise. ISP’s need to directly set up “Open Connect” with Netflix, so if they haven’t, you can’t stream Super HD no matter how fast your internet connection is.
- To see if your ISP is Super HD ready and to sign up, go to https://signup.netflix.com/superhd and submit your account. If you can, you’ll see a message that says, “Your internet provider is ready for Super HD!”
|Click to enlarge. This is the Super HD message for Cox Communications.|
- If your provider is against Open Connect or just hasn’t set up with Netflix yet, you’ll receive a message that says, “Your Internet provider is not configured for Super HD yet.” While we understand that many people don’t have many options for ISPs, be sure to let yours know that you don’t appreciate them holding you back from superior technology. Similarly, if you have data caps you’re not going to want to stream Super HD – call your ISP and tell them you’re going to cancel*.
Open these in two separate tabs and switch back and forth. You’ll see the first one has more crisp stars and the back windows of the flying ship, while the second’s a slightly blurry, but both are 1080p.
- Along with Super HD, Netflix is introducing some 3D technology for those of us with the proper equipment, but your Internet Service Provider will need to agree to similar “Open Connect” terms with Netflix.