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So a friend wants a HTPC for netflix instant.
What will play back at the highest resolution netflix offers? (I don't have a netflix account) Also, what is the minimum for 480p?
(I'm thinking 2 GB of ram, a sempy 140 and a 4550)
How can I make the build cheaper?
Edited by H-man - 3/6/11 at 12:43am
 
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post #2 of 7
If its just for netflix only theres tons of options out there besides a computer for a decent price. Any Ion based nettop should handle netflix just fine or you could just get a used ps3/360 and use that as well.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nagle3092;12629013 
If its just for netflix only theres tons of options out there besides a computer for a decent price. Any Ion based nettop should handle netflix just fine or you could just get a used ps3/360 and use that as well.

Correct.
If its just for netflix a net top is plenty.
And tossing a USB external drive on later for more storage is easy.
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post #4 of 7
just netflix?

why not get a roku or apple tv2?

also, minimum*
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
He is shareing a computer with his parents.
His dad has a bad case of illusory superiority, which makes that a PITA.
 
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post #6 of 7
The Netflix website lists these as the minimum requirements for using the Watch it Now service:

Computer running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher, or Windows Vista
Internet Explorer version 6 or higher
Windows Media Player version 9 or higher
An active broadband connection to the Internet
1.0 GHz processor
512 MB RAM
3 GB free hard disk drive space

The possible streaming speeds are:

Basic: 500 kbps
Good: 1.0 Mbps
High: 1.6 – 2.2+ Mbps

i've seen it play max quality on a p3 733... with 192mb... -- modern machines with a good onboard should do fine...


I have a roku with the latest software for sale, $50 shipped if you want, but the new ones are $60 + tax + s&h or $80 and $100 for the higher end models
Edited by LiNERROR - 3/6/11 at 4:35am
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720p HD is the highest quality Netflix offers. From memory, the top bitrate is 3800kbps, although they also have 720p available in 2200kbps. At that quality, you would need a semi-decent dual core CPU since Silverlight stupidly doesn't support DXVA. It uses 3D acceleration for some transforms, I think, but not hardware decode acceleration.

Both Celeron Wolfdale or Athlon II X2 Regor would suffice for Netflix HD. The ION (and likely Zacate, too) isn't quite fast enough for it, at least not until Microsoft adds DXVA support for Silverlight (as of Silverlight 4, DXVA is not supported).

If all you need are the SD streams, though, a nettop is plenty.

What are the minimum hardware requirements to run Netflix HD?
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