Recently, Netflix released an update to its mobile application on all iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The upgrade is supposed to enhance the user experience, taking full advantage of the new iPad’s Retina display, as it now supports better looking menus and movie thumbnails.
Unfortunately, the revamped Netflix iOS application does not bring full HD video to the tablet’s beautiful screen, as all movies and TV shows will continue to stream in the not so eye-catching standard definition. Joris Evers, a corporate communications exec for Netflix confirmed this disappointing news saying, “The video is not in HD yet.” “That is on our roadmap, but I can’t share timing at this point,” Evers said.
In the meantime, don’t expect to see HD streaming from Netflix on the new iPad anytime soon. All the popular streaming companies, such as, Hulu Plus and HBO Go also seem to be stuck on this standard definition output — so Netflix isn’t alone.
It’s funny, strolling through the App Store I noticed that the ABC application is the only one I noticed that sparingly supports streaming in High Definition, but that’s only good if you’re into shows like Cougartown or Dancing With the Stars.