Netflix plans to increase its HD movie streaming coverage to include iPads – and of course the new iPad 3. At present, Netflix only streams standard definition video to tablets, but it’s capable of cranking-out full 1080p quality.
Talking to Mashable, Netflix’s Director of Corporate Communications Joris Evers confirmed that iPads will get some HD lovin’ in time, saying “The video is not in HD yet… That is on our roadmap, but I can’t share timing at this point.”
The Netflix app has just been given an update to cater for the new iPad’s Retina Display screen, but this only optimises the menus and overall look of the app – you’ll still receive SD-quality movies and TV shows.
There doesn’t appear to be a particularly involved technical limitation in the decision to keep tablets weaning on SD – even the first iPad could make a good stab at 720p quality. We expect it’s a question of bandwidth – 1080p is obviously far more data-intensive than the 480p standard-def signal.
Netflix costs £5.99 a month, and gives you access to thousands of films and TV episodes. In our Netflix vs LoveFilm feature, we found it lacked a satisfying movie library in the UK, but it’ll keep you knee-deep in high-quality US TV shows for months.