Netflix Inches Towards Windows Phone 8 HD Streaming

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Windows Phone 8 saw the arrival of the first Windows Phone hardware with HD screens capable of displaying 720p content. That’s great, but there’s a big gap between being able to play 720p video and such HD video being easily available. Plenty of us get our HD fix from Netflix and its streaming option, but on Windows Phone 8, the available app hasn’t fully supported devices with these HD screens. Now, an update arrives that starts crafting a solution, but there still appears to be one key bit missing.

The new release of Netflix 3.0.0.1 now will display content correctly on phones with 1280×720 or 1280×768 screens. That means no more black bars, so full-screen playback is going to look a whole lot nicer.

The one problem, as far as we’ve heard, is that while regular content looks better on these devices now, there still isn’t actual HD playback going on – it’s just the same old content, now displaying correctly. That may be forthcoming, and would be the last piece in the puzzle of delivering a full Windows Phone HD Netflix experience.

Source: Microsoft
Via: Engadget

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