Netflix customers now all have the option to stream their favorite television shows and movies in the highest quality bit rate that the company offers. HD? No, Super HD. It's 1080p, but with less compression. Netflix first rolled out this higher quality offering way back in January, but they only worked with ISPs with whom they have a direct connection. Now they're ready to stream Super HD to everyone. They're also hoping more ISPs will adopt Netflix Open Connect, their video content delivery network that tries to reduce internet congestion by storing content on servers as close to users as possible.

Netflix introduced 1080p streaming to Android during the big unveil of the new Nexus 7 back in July, and while they promised to roll out support for additional smartphones and tablets before the end of this year, we haven't yet heard word of when to expect it. The current announcement makes no mention of it - rather, it reminds us that HD and Super HD are only available for certain titles and on devices that already support HD. Still, if you decided to buy the new Nexus 7, happened to get your hands on a Chromecast, or are the proud owner of a Google TV, now might be a good time to decide for yourself if House of Cards deserved an Emmy.

Source: Netflix

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Ivan Martinez

    So regardless of device, the chromecast will stream 1080p? I usually cast using my N4, just want to make sure I'll still get this "Super HD"

    • Aaron Jaeger

      While I'm not authority on the subject, because the Chromecast its self is pulling down the video feed, not the device in your hand, it should not matter what device you use to control your Chromecast.

      • Seth Merritt

        This is the correct answer.

  • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.

    When I first heard “Super HD”, I was hoping it might be some higher-than-1080p option for devices like the Chromebook Pixel and Nexus 10.

    • Matthew Fleisher

      1081p... just for you

      • http://zmyaro.com/ Gamer_Z.


  • Justin W

    So, Netflix won't support 1080p streaming on devices on 4.3? I thought that's what the announcement was in July, not that it would support the Nexus 7 on 4.3.

  • mesmorino

    Has anyone managed to get Netflix to work on a rooted phone? That's my only beef with the app really

    • Detonation

      I've never had any problems playing anything on any of my rooted devices.

      • mesmorino

        @Detonation:disqus, @Colin Whiteside:disqus, what phones/roms are you guys using? It stopped working when I rooted my GS3, and hasn't ever since, even after flashing AOKP. It opens just fine and even sees movies I was watching online or on other devices, but it never actually *plays*. It just loads forever

        • UniBroW

          it's probably not a root issue, i believe if you have certain things turned on in developer mode it will not have playback regardless of rom/root.

          • mesmorino

            Thanks, I'll have a look at that now

          • UniBroW

            I believe it's the force gpu option, should be set to off

          • mesmorino

            Huh, I just checked and I have it set to off already. In fact the only thing I have set to on is "stay awake", everything else is off.

            Do you have any tips on what I should turn on?

          • UniBroW

            i have no idea why it's not working for you then, I have a Sprint GS3 myself and have never had an issue with netflix on it. I know I've had issues with video working in the past when I have the "force GPU rendering" checked off.

          • mesmorino

            Hey thanks for helping anyway, I'll have a poke about in there, see what happens

          • cwagner

            Just rooted or a custom rom? If the 2nd you should try a different rom.

          • mesmorino

            It stopped working when I rooted, but I'm on AOKP now

          • the fixer

            I had the same issue when I had an S3 running cyanogenmod 10.1. Here's what fixed it:


            Unfortunately I'm not certain as to whether or not it works with android 4.3 roms. Definitely works for 4.2 stock roms like cyanogenmod or paranoid android. Hope it helps.

    • mateorod

      of course. Being rooted has literally zero affect on Netflix. Zip.

      • mesmorino

        Except for when it happens to you ¬_¬

    • Colin Whiteside

      Works fine for me, and I've been rooted on all my stuff since before the app came out.

    • Howard

      It's always worked on rooted phones for me, Inc gnex, note, nexus 4...

  • Michael Pahl

    3D in 3 months or I cancel.

    • Mr E

      From what I understood, the SuperHD playback also allows for 3D movies from Netflix. Can anyone confirm? That's what I've been waiting for as well, but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. (I also don't know how much 3D content Netflix has to begin with)

      • Elislurry

        Engadget confirmed in their article as well as some users in the comments. They said framerates weren't the best though

  • vwbeetlvr

    The fact that I can't press a button to confirm *I* am getting 1080p on a netflix stream on chromecast makes me want to switch to my WD TV LIVE which shows you are getting 1080p and also shows a super hd icon. I would play it on my google TV vizio co-star, but if I press pause, when I unpause i get nasty lip sync issues.

    • atlharry

      "i get nasty lip sync issues"

      I have images of Milli Vanilli overlaid on top of the movie you're trying to watch... that would be annoying...

  • Mrtito32

    Is this just the video, or does it mean 5.1 surround will be included also?

  • razholio

    You guys are talking about devices here, but I believe the restriction
    that has been lifted on superHD is for ISP's that don't do Netflix Open
    Connect. That's where netflix provides a content delivery box stuffed
    with all the superHD content for ISPs to drop on their network for free,
    and assholes like comcast say 'no thanks'.

  • brkshr

    I would prefer to be able to opt out of this if I want. This KILLS my mobile data plan!

  • cwagner

    Heh, I have a modified Netflix apk from XDA that enables SuperHD for everyone. Been out for a while as well. And works perfectly :)

  • Nathaniel Webb

    Pfft. I'm already tired of Super HD, so I'll wait for the next standard. Super-De-Dooper HD.

    • Nathaniel Webb

      apparently i have to add this... /s

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]


  • jgarrido

    I noticed the little Super HD label last night on Netflix from my Vizio TV's app, but sure didn't see any improvement in resolution of the show we were watching.

  • Nicholas Foote

    Yeah, well they also removed all of How It's Made, so they can go screw themselves.

  • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

    the audio lag on Netflix is horrible for me. I like their service but hearing sounds 5 seconds after the fact is unacceptable.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    None of this makes any sense for me, i'm in UK and i don't recall ever watching anything on my Roku or Xbox on Netflix that wasn't in 'Super HD'