by Rob Boylan
The next time you load a film or television show on Netflix, you might notice that it looks a little sharper than usual.
Netflix is taking time out from its busy schedule of shooting itself in the foot and trying to be a hit-or-miss TV studio to begin rolling out SuperHD to all Netflix users via all US ISPs, Orlando included, after testing it the past year in Texas and Kansas City on Google Fiber and in the NY metro area on Cablevision. It's an automatic upgrade, and should already be available to you if you stream Netflix through your TV. Instead of an HD icon, you will see a SuperHD icon, like this:
Not all titles are available as SuperHD, and it's not available to stream on computers or handheld devices.
SuperHD is a 1080p content stream, though there is still a healthy amount of compression on the files compared to a full bluray disc. As logic would dictate, the jump up in quality is more noticeable on bigger TV sets. Users on smaller TV sets or sets with any kind of horrible motion smoothing nonsense enabled might not even notice the difference.
3D streaming is still being tested, but it's coming. I don't have a 3D set, so I haven't used it, but SuperHD is definitely a step in the right direction as long as Bright House can keep up their end of the deal. As of right now, Bright House, the major cable provider in the Orlando area, ranks 10th in speed by Netflix's own numbers at an average of 1.9Mb/s.