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

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.

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  • LYogi
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    NFLX going to $600
    27 Sep 2013, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • Sakelaris
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    Maybe it will be good for the Netflix stock price to cut deals for cable inclusion. However, what will happen to Netflix content? Will part of any such deal involve limits on the content that Netflix can distribute?
    28 Sep 2013, 01:06 AM Reply Like
  • Water Brothers Financial Co...
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    Who knows - reed hastings took all his lessons from the mob ; this is the most secretive, un-public co. ever. they reveal nothing and if you trust their subscriber adds good luck to you. the very fact that they are so all over the place with no price-tag deals and worldwide deals and libraries here and selling technology there makes this a real ham and egg operation. the stock is rather going to 6. here's a priceless comparison - everyone agrees hbo has more experience in production, they produce better shows, more watched shows and they have been successful doing this for 30 years, so you can buy hbo instead of nflx , and guess what when you buy hbo you get a cable provider with it - one of no small measure, it's called timewarner; in a real world why would you ever choose nflx stock?
    28 Sep 2013, 07:57 AM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Streaming, VOD, and binge watching (of series) are the trend. Skipping ads is also the trend.
    28 Sep 2013, 08:30 AM Reply Like
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