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.
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!