Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Should Netflix Offer a Way for Users To Control Streaming Bandwidth?

With broadband providers capping bandwidth and schools limiting it, should Netflix offer an easy way for customers to easily control the amount of data streaming uses? From the comments Tom points out the Netflix Canada enables users to control bandwith:

Netflix Canada has an option to use lower quality streams to reduce bandwidth, it'd be nice if net admins could contact them and get that flag turned on for anyone using their network. I suggest they call and see what can be done.

There are some "secret" controls for streaming, like CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-M on Silverlight streaming that enables you to view player info and control the buffering rate, but should Netflix make it easy and a standard way across devices?


The Roku has had a "secret" bitrate setting for a long time. From the home screen, press Home Home Home Home Home Rewind Rewind Rewind FastForward FastForward [that's 5 Homes, 3 Rewinds (<<<), 2 FastForwards (>>>)] to bring up the screen to manually select the bitrate you want.

Posted by: Jeff | March 22, 2011 at 03:52 AM


Do people even watch NF on their PC's anymore?

Wii, Xbox360, PS3, Roku, iPad, internet ready tvs and blu-ray players

I'll admit I still have a PC hooked up to my tv for the occasional Hulu viewing but can't even remember the last time I used it (still searching for V).

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