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New APIs in Android 4.3 opens up 1080p streaming from Netflix, perfect for the new Nexus 7

Netflix was mentioned at several points throughout todays Google event in San Francisco, one of which was during the Android 4.3 presentation. A seemingly small update to the app pushed out into the Google Play Store that now it seems has more weight behind it.

The new DRM APIs in Android 4.3 will allow Netflix to finally start pushing 1080p content to our Android devices. OK, so it's reliant on Android 4.3, but you have to start somewhere. And it means when you fire it up on that new Nexus 7 you're going to treat yourself to, you're going to get some pretty awesome looking video. 

More: Google officially unveils Android 4.3

There are 15 comments

neonworm says:

Yes! Finally! I always thought that Netflix videos looked a little blurry on my nexus 10.


I remember getting that update last night while watching Netflix on my Nexus 7. This is 1080p streaming, will it look better on devices like Nexus 7 and 4 with 720p screens?

Suntan says:

The bitrate will be a little higher, so fast sequences won't look as bit-starved, otherwise you'll likely not see a big difference on the 720p screen.

Now when you connect an HDMI cable to a big TV it should help. Assuming the device outputs the full 1080p stream.


salah123 says:

The update is effective once the android 4.3 update is here otherwise netflix will look the same wait for 4.3 then up c even on nexus 4 which I have

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Too bad my internet isn't fast enough for 1080p streaming.

Posted from my Samsung Galaxy tab with Android 4.2.2

GMC MaXx says:

Wonder if my Roku2 will support 1080 Netflix eventually.

Rupz007 says:

Roku 2 already supports 1080p Super HD stream provided your internet can handle the rate.

SoCalBIGmike says:

How does Hulu+ support this NOW, but Netflix does not?

Oh man I am more than happy with this news shame we have had to wait this long though.

Statusnone says:

Keep waiting, unless you own a Nexus device that gets 4.3 any time soon.

I'm sure all us S4 and HTC One customers here in the US will enjoy 4.3 about 6 or so months from now.

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rob90262 says:

I'll be enjoying this on my phone in a year or so depending if Samsung doesn't make me buy a whole new phone just to get 4.3

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koreandude says:

Great, Netflix and Hulu (Hulu especially) looked like garbage on my Galaxy Nexus. I ended up not using those services just because of the crap video quality.

Gearu says:

They didn't already? shameful.

Cellmeister says:

just fix the "still loading' issue..........