Netflix Upgrades 1080p Encoding for More Detail at Lower Bitrates

Posted Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

Some users, however, are reporting a softer picture from the new encoding.

If you're a Netflix user, you may have noticed a change to the top-tier of HD streaming. The former top tier, known as X-High, has now been downgraded and another has taken its place.

Netflix says that the new encoding allows for "a better picture quality at a lower bitrate," and that you'll find additional detail in things like trees, shadows, skies and faces. The company also says that thanks to the lower bitrate, those with slower internet connections will be able to enjoy HD.

Some users, however, have reported that they're seeing a softer picture than they used to. If you've noticed a change, for better or for worse, hit up the forums and let us know.

Source: Engadget

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