Netflix roundup: Super HD, 4K, set-top deals, Intel, TV ratings

|By:, SA News Editor

Netflix (NFLX) has made its Super HD streams, made available in January Open Connect CDN users, available to all subscribers. Like other HD Netflix streams, Super HD offers a max resolutions of 1080p, but it improves image quality by cutting down on compression. Netflix recommends Super HD viewers have at least 7Mbps of bandwidth.

Netflix is also extending 3D film access to all subscribers, but its 3D library is limited for now. Long-term, the company wants to stream 4K video, which is expected to require 15Mbps connections.

CFO David Wells says Netflix has had an "open offer" to pay-TV providers to strike set-top integration deals. Though deals have recently been made with Virgin Media and Sweden's Com Hem, many in the industry are still wary of drawing closer to a perceived rival.

A source tells Variety Intel approached Netflix regarding a deal related to the former's Web-based TV service, which is having trouble getting off the ground. But another source states no serious talks have been held.

Tero Kuittinen observes ratings for several TV shows that had season debuts on Wednesday and Thursday were dismal, and that they follow a weak autumn 2012 performance. He sees a shift to mobile and streaming content consumption being responsible, a shift he thinks strengthens Netflix and Hulu's hands.