Netflix's Newest Feature Is Letting You Make Your Video Quality Worse

If you're rubbing up against data caps or a generally poor connection, gleaming, streaming HD probably isn't helping at all. So now Netflix is letting you dial down, Technologizer reports: choose from "good," "better," or "best."

The difference in the resolution settings is pretty profound: "'Good quality' consumes up to 0.3 GB per hour, 'Better quality' burns up to 0.7 GB per hour, and 'Best quality' consumes up to 1 GB per hour for standard definition or 2.3 GB per hour for HD." This should also be some good news for Netflix, as they'll potentially be able to save some pennies by slinging out less data. [Technologizer]



I would so much prefer the solution to the poor connections be to cache an entire movie on my PS3's harddrive. It can have DRM by pinging the server every 2 seconds at far far less than .3 GbPH, and can download at any old speed during the wee hours of the morning.