When is 1080P Netflix coming to my device?

October 31, 2011
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For the most up-to-date list of which devices support 1080P Netflix, surround sound and closed captions, see Finding the Best Netflix player, Tech of the Hub’s central repository of Netflix device knowledge.

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As promised, we’ve got the 411 on when native 1080P Netflix will be available on devices currently on the market. We’ve reached out to a number of companies to get the official word. Click here to read about Netflix opening up 1080P to consumer electronics manufacturers.

Panasonic: Panasonic 2012 Blu-ray players have added supported for 1080P Netflix according to friend of the hub, AVS Forum member michaeltscott.

Microsoft: The new Xbox dashboard has been released with a new Netflix client. While the updated Xbox Netflix player supports surround sound and closed captions, it is limited to 720P.

Western Digital: In addition to the new WD TV Live, the current WD TV Live Hub (with 1 TB of on-line storage), now has a 1080P Netflix client.

Samsung: Samsung recently updated their Netflix app two weeks ago for Smart Hub enabled 2011 TVs. The new version, 3.1, gives access to 1080P video, surround sound and subtitles. To upgrade, see this support article from Samsung. Update: There is a report below that the new client is not available on Samsung Blu-ray players, only 2011 Smart TVs. More to come.

LG: 2011 LG TVs with Smart TV have been updated as well! Other LG devices including Blu-ray players and the LG Smart TV Upgrader streaming box are due to receive an update this November. Up LG Blu-ray players recently received an update enabling surround sound and closed captions for Netflix. Update: LG is now saying the update is NOT coming to their 2011 Blu-ray players, home theater systems and Smart Updater. They’ve stated that 1080P Netflix will be in their 2012 models.

Netgear: The new NeoTV NTV-200 will have Netflix 1080P and surround sound enabled by Q1 of 2012.

Pioneer: The current line of Pioneer Blu-ray players will not support 1080P for Netflix.

TiVo: TiVo’s PR team has acknowledged the company is working on a 1080P Netflix client. No date for the release has been given but we think its by year end.

Google TV: With the latest Google TV update (Honeycomb), it  now supports 1080P Netflix. The Logitech Revue will output surround sound in already decoded 5.1 PCM.

Oppo: There are no plans to add Netflix 1080P or surround sound to the Oppo BDP-93 or BDP-95 Blu-ray players.

Some manufactures have decided not share any specific information except that they are always looking to enhance their products. Included in this camp are Panasonic, Boxee and Sony. While Microsoft replied with a “no comment”, the new version of Xbox live is due to roll out on December 6. Sony already has 1080P Netflix on their Playstation3 but recently introduced a new 1080P streaming device, the SMP-N200. No word on when or if this box will get 1080P Netflix. The same is true for Sony’s Blu-ray players and home theater systems. We’re waiting to hear from Google, VIZIO and Microsoft on their plans. Check back for updates.

A reminder that many of the 1080P enabled boxes that cannot play 1080P Netflix streams today can play 1080P video from the VUDU service (at $5.99 a movie).

The existing universe of 1080P Netflix devices includes the Sony Playstation3, Roku 2 XS and XD, WD TV Live and now LG 2011 Smart TVs and Samsung Smart Hub enabled devices.

Given there are over 400 connected Netflix devices out there, we didn’t have the opportunity to ask every manufacturer. If you know of any additional 1080P Netflix devices (not ones that upscale to 1080P but play the 1080P native streams), leave a comment below or email me. Thanks!

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Related Posts:
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Tags: Google, HDTV, LG, Netflix, Netgear, Oppo, Panasonic, pioneer, Roku, Samsung, Sony, streaming, TiVo, VIZIO

30 Responses to When is 1080P Netflix coming to my device?

  1. Gardear1 on October 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    just a heads up, talked to samsung, they told me the update was only for tv.  not for bluray players.

  2. Gardear1 on October 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    just a heads up, talked to samsung, they told me the update was only for tv.  not for bluray players.

  3. The Hub on November 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Gardear1,

    Which Samsung Blu-ray player do you have? It may only be the ones with SmartHub (their app store) that can access the update. I'm waiting to hear back from Samsung as well.

  4. The Hub on November 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Gardear1,

    Which Samsung Blu-ray player do you have? It may only be the ones with SmartHub (their app store) that can access the update. I’m waiting to hear back from Samsung as well.

    • Gardear1 on November 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      i have the bdd6500 with smarthub

      • The Hub on November 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

        Yep, Samsung confirms its only for 2011 Smart TVs. Waiting for word on the Blu-ray and home theater systems.

  5. Gardear1 on November 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    i have the bdd6500 with smarthub

  6. The Hub on November 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Yep, Samsung confirms its only for 2011 Smart TVs. Waiting for word on the Blu-ray and home theater systems.

  7. Djfiler on November 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Would really love to know about 24p support!

  8. Djfiler on November 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Would really love to know about 24p support!

    • The Hub on November 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Me too Djfiler!  See this previous post: http://www.techofthehub.com/2011/09/in-search-of-netflix-at-24-fps.html
      It is an opportunity for a device to differentiate itself. The one thing I don’t know is if the metadata is available for a particular stream.

  9. S2Silber on November 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    How about the Oppo BDP 93/95?

  10. S2Silber on November 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    How about the Oppo BDP 93/95?

    • The Hub on November 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Unfortunately, there are no plans to do it :-(

  11. The Hub on November 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Unfortunately, there are no plans to do it :-(

  12. The Hub on November 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Me too Djfiler!  See this previous post: http://www.techofthehub.com/2011/09/in-search-of-netflix-at-24-fps.html
    It is an opportunity for a device to differentiate itself. The one thing I don't know is if the metadata is available for a particular stream.

  13. Guest on December 2, 2011 at 4:04 am

    The new HBO Go application for Samsung is listed as 1080P and 5.1 audio. Must work for them!

    • The Hub on December 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Guest,

      Where did you see the new HBO Go Samsung app? What Samsung device did you see it on? Thanks.

  14. Guest on December 2, 2011 at 4:04 am

    The new HBO Go application for Samsung is listed as 1080P and 5.1 audio. Must work for them!

  15. The Hub on December 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Guest,

    Where did you see the new HBO Go Samsung app? What Samsung device did you see it on? Thanks.

  16. Ryan on December 18, 2011 at 12:55 am

    How about PC?

  17. Russ on February 27, 2012 at 2:11 am

    The HBO Go app lists 1080p for my Samsung bd-d5500 and it has Smart Hub. I’m presuming it has 1080p Netflix

  18. apw2607 on March 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I can confirm that the 2012 Sony BDP-S390 supports a native Netflix client with 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus audio.

  19. Craig on March 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Can anyone confirm that the lowest end model of the 2012 Panasonic Blu-Rays (DMP-BD77) does actually have a 1080p Netflix client…seems like a good deal for a $100 player. Too good to be true?

  20. Joel on March 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I just purchased the LG BP620 blu-ray player; a 2012 model.

    I am not able to determine if the Netflix stream is 1080p but I have confirmed that the audio stream is only in PCM 2.1 even when netflix states 5.1 for the video in question.

    How can I confirm 1080p stream?

    • Gabe Gagliano on March 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

      One way to do it is the following:

      There’s a movie called “Let the Right One In”, a Swedish horror film. The 1080P encode has subtitles burned into the movie. If the subtitles are cut off in certain scenes (i.e. in the first few minutes, when the police officer talks to the class), it’s the 1080P encode you are watching. The cutting off of subtitles doesn’t happen in the lower resolution encodes. This works assuming of course that Netflix hasn’t fixed the encode.

      • Joel on March 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

        Ahh, I see what you are suggesting. Yes, the subtitles are cut off on the top portion; they hide behind the black bar. My bandwidth is also peaking at around 8-9 Mbps. Great news indeed!

        And – i’ll also add that this movie confirmed that netflix does stream dolby digital +. I must not have been watching the right movies to test when I said it was only streaming PCM.

  21. Adrian on April 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Ok, all the 2012 Sony BD Players, the 390, 590 and 790 are able to use the 1080p streams with DD+ and CC. They also now have the default Netflix UI rather than the Sony modified one.

  22. Dustin on June 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Looks like the 2011 3D Panasonics (DMP-BDTx10) made the list. Love mine! http://support.netflix.com/en/node/518

    • Gabe Gagliano on June 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Dustin,

      After checking with an independent source, Netflix confirmed that the article posted to their site is in error. While the 2011 Panasonic Blu-ray players support Dolby Digital Plus and closed captions, they do not support 1080P video. For Netflix, the BDT-110, 210 and 310 max out at 720P. There are actually other devices listed on Netflix’s support site that also have overstated specs. Here’s the link to the current list of 1080P devices that I maintain: http://www.techofthehub.com/whats-best-netflix-player

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