jfg wrote:I know it seems silly, but if Netflix wants streaming to succeed they need to find a way to provide HD streams of movies that exist in HD. I didn't upgrade all my home theater equipment to watch movies in the same quality I watched them in before I upgraded. They do have a ton of HD content that I'll never get around to watching but to add movies made for the HD format in SD is kind of stupid.... it's probably not them, it's probably the studios, but if they really want to get people to go all streaming they still have a ton of work to do.
It's mostly due in part to the studios. They have the leverage as a content provider to say which content goes up into Netflix's library and if it's in HD/SD. It's the same relationship with the cable and telco companies, as well. Content providers are also reluctant to embrace streaming since the residual revenues aren't as lucrative as with cable and Blu-ray/DVD sales. They acknowledge there is a market for streaming and why they have an extensive content library with Netflix. Only thing is they still nudge you into renting/buying their more popular titles.
For movies like Iron Man and Star Trek, I would just rent the Blu-ray and for movies that don't really "need" the HD upscaling, use Netflix streaming. That's what I do right now.