Despite what is being said in other threads, Netflix and other streaming services are not broadcasting in "standard definition".
Crave:The lower bandwidth streams of Netflix programs should still deliver the usual quality of each plan, the company said, whether it's ultra-high definition 4K, high-definition or standard definition.
In a blog post last week, Florance explained that Netflix has many different levels of streaming quality for each title within each resolution tier. With the changes, Netflix is simply removing the highest bandwidth streams, which lowers the bitrate per second on the streams, he said.
"If you are particularly tuned into video quality, you may notice a very slight decrease in quality within each resolution. But you will still get the video quality you paid for," Florance wrote at the time.
The vast majority of broadcast cable stations still broadcast in 720p or 1080i AFAIK."Crave does plan to temporarily reduce the quality of streams on certain devices," the company said in a statement late Thursday.
The Crave 1080p and 4K streams will be reduced to 720p on Android mobile devices, Chromecast and Apple products, including its Apple TV devices, it noted.