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I have just bought a Samsung plasma specifically the 51D6500, this TV is equipped with DLNA, wireless-N, Samsung apps (ie pandora, netflix, hulu), and ethernet. I am currently using DLNA from my computer in my office to my TV in my living room with Serviio, which is flawless with MKV playback. The only draw back to serviio is no subtitle support for MKV files, which are embedded within the container. Netflix on the plasma does not allow streaming of HD content either. (only DVD quality) My main question is would it be worth it to build a HTPC or Home Server because i am streaming movies from my computer in my office now just fine? Is HD netflix worth building eithier HTPC or a Home Server?

I also have a free copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 because i am a student and would probably make the Home Server a router/firewall/Server/NAS with pfSense, WMC7 or XMBC, and Hyper-V.
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i can say that the difference for me between the regular netflix and hd netflix is night and day. I'd say a htpc is worth it just for the better quality.
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any other opinions? or suggestions?
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For HD Netflix, you're better off getting a PS3 or Blu-ray player with Netflix support. Netflix on the PC is limited to 720p and I don't see the studios allowing higher. On some standalones (maybe just the PS3 for now?), some videos are available in 1080p and with 5.1ch audio, I believe.

There are also software issues on Netflix for PC (perhaps a Silverlight problem?). There are people who complain about Netflix on PC being jittery. I personally haven't noticed this, but I also don't notice the 24p issue on Clarkdale nor 3:2 pulldown so I'm probably not the best judge. Netflix 720p also has relatively high CPU requirements and GPU hardware decode acceleration doesn't appear to be working even with the latest Silverlight 5 Beta. Right now, minimum CPU for Netflix 720p is a Celeron E3200 2.4 GHz or an Athlon II X2 235e 2.7 GHz.

I love my HTPC's, and for me, they handle Netflix 720p pretty well. They're very flexible and have handled pretty much every content I've thrown at them. The only exception so far is the GeForce 9300+E3300 2.5 GHz couldn't quite handle 1080p60 AVCHD (I'll probably replace it with either Llano or Ivy Bridge).

However, if HD Netflix is your only goal, it's not worth building an HTPC. Standalones are much better in that regard (e.g. PS3, Roku, etc).
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For HD Netflix, you're better off getting a PS3 or Blu-ray player with Netflix support. Netflix on the PC is limited to 720p and I don't see the studios allowing higher. On some standalones (maybe just the PS3 for now?), some videos are available in 1080p and with 5.1ch audio, I believe.

There are also software issues on Netflix for PC (perhaps a Silverlight problem?). There are people who complain about Netflix on PC being jittery. I personally haven't noticed this, but I also don't notice the 24p issue on Clarkdale nor 3:2 pulldown so I'm probably not the best judge. Netflix 720p also has relatively high CPU requirements and GPU hardware decode acceleration doesn't appear to be working even with the latest Silverlight 5 Beta. Right now, minimum CPU for Netflix 720p is a Celeron E3200 2.4 GHz or an Athlon II X2 235e 2.7 GHz.

I love my HTPC's, and for me, they handle Netflix 720p pretty well. They're very flexible and have handled pretty much every content I've thrown at them. The only exception so far is the GeForce 9300+E3300 2.5 GHz couldn't quite handle 1080p60 AVCHD (I'll probably replace it with either Llano or Ivy Bridge).

However, if HD Netflix is your only goal, it's not worth building an HTPC. Standalones are much better in that regard (e.g. PS3, Roku, etc).

Thank You very much for the reply, that is exactly what i was looking for. I will try to see if my samsung 3d bluray player supports HD Netflix if not i will look into a WD HD Live TV or something.
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