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Old 09-08-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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NetFlix (and others) steam lower quality video for subscribers with slower connections. If you're watching an a tablet or laptop it is not as noticeable, but on a 55" TV it is. Netflix and others tests the connection speed every time you start a movie to determine what quality to stream. Depending on the device it may even say something like "determining speed" or "determining quality".
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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Can you manually downgrade the quality though, specifically a low resolution of say 352x240 using a low bitrate of 500kbps?

You wouldn't have any macroblocking with that but the detail of the video is going to be substantially reduced to something similar to VHS. Less detail is far better than macroblocking.
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