1080p streaming not coming to Netflix this year

Some people got a little too excited over the weekend with rumors of 1080p support coming to Netflix, but I think the addition of 5.1 surround sound will do them some good. Still not going to make me choose streaming over playing a Blu-ray movie, but for the casual movie goer it’s probably a great improvement to a service they already loved.


Netflix now claims that it incorrectly acknowledged 1080p streaming in the company’s 2010 development road map. A Netflix representative has clarified that the company plans to bring 5.1 surround and closed captioning to its streaming HD videos later this year, though 1080p Watch Instantly is not on the books for this year. The text below is the original story, based on earlier conversations and e-mails with this Netflix representative.