Friday, May 14, 2010

The Rumors Are True – Netflix IS Streaming in HD to PC & Mac

There were many who disputed HackingNetflix’s claim earlier this week, but it looks like Netflix will be making it official soon with a blog post.  This post was published for a very short time this afternoon, but later pulled.  Fortunately I caught it in time to share with you here:

I haven’t been able to try it out myself, but it appears that Netflix is either now streaming in HD on the PC and Mac or they will be very, very soon.

Here’s the short announcement I caught from the Netflix Blog before it was pulled (screen-shot from my Google Reader Here):

This is Brent Ayrey, Director of Product Management at Netflix. I wanted to let you know that we now have a number of movies and TV episodes available to watch in HD on your PC or Mac. HD streaming requires Silverlight 3, and you must have both sufficient bandwidth and a sufficiently large screen size to get an HD stream. When watching a title that has HD stream available you’ll see an icon in the player controls at the bottom of the screen - if the title is streaming in HD that icon will light up.
You can browse the HD titles here:
Enjoy watching in HD on your PC or Mac!

If you’re browsing a “streaming movie" title on Netflix’s webpage you’ll see HD noted this way:

Netflix Watch Now in HD

More info and a listing of movies available in HD can be found at Netflix’s HD Page.  Screenshot below:

Netflix Streaming in HD Listing

Note that is not true HD we’re talking about here.  But widescreen and better quality than before…

via the Official Netflix Blog (the post was pulled, but hey – its obviously going to be published very soon…)

Can anyone confirm whether they’re able to get the HD streaming working?