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    I'm disappointed in the quality. When I got the iPad, that was part of what excited me since my android phone and tablet could not stream netflix. Now, it is on android as well. The iPad video is horrible in comparison. Same connection to the Internet. It's not the iPad since other video is beautiful. Am I alone here?

    I just flipped between two androids and the iPad with the same stream. Looked great on the androids and horrible (but better than some other times I tried)on the iPad. Previous comparison was to my laptop and again the iPad failed. It's less of an issue since I have other mobile options, but I want it on the iPad too :)
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    I don't know I haven't had any issues with Netflix. It starts out for me on a little bad quality but then fixes itself and looks great. Even HBO GO and Hulu look great when you can get Hulu to work right.
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    Phone with a 4" (max) screen
    iPad with a 10.1" screen

    The larger the screen, the more the bad quality is pronounced. It is not surprising that the android's smaller screen will look better overall.

    Personally, I have not had issues with Netflix on my iPad unless I try and watch on 3G. AT&T 3G in my area is not the best. However over my wifi, it is nearly flawless.
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    The phone is a 4.3, the android tab is a 7 inch. The laptop is 14 inches. I am not saying the android is perfect, but it's way, way better.

    I'm not trying to just complain. I love all my toys, just saddened by this aspect of the iPad when the rest of it looks so nice.
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    I've had a great experience with Netflix, watching dozens of movies and TV episodes on iPad 1. I've done barely any watching on my iPad 2. Maybe your wi-fi interaction with iPad is the problem, rather than the app?

    Bummer is, I had such a great experience with iPad streaming Netflix, I bought a Sony BluRay player to stream, too. But the Sony constantly loses the network connection.
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    My Netflix experience on the iPad has been great! The quality is always sharp after a few seconds of buffeting. Agree that your connection speed may be the issue.

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    Ok, so that is pretty strange. I'll have to try it at a few other places.

    I guess it's good news...I'd rather hear that than hear I'd never get good netflix video.
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    Netflix is crystal clear on my ipad2

    Just as it was on iPad.
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    i've seen some movies on netlfix on the ipad and then connnected to to the big screen and the quality was more than fine for me.
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    Quick question, I am not sure if this was posted already but I was charged for the net flux streaming on Mifi. Does this go against your bits and you can incur overages?
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    Yes, and very quickly.
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    Thanks, that's what I thought. I erased it just as soon as I downloaded it. Do you know about the HBO?
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    I have no problem with Netflix on my iPad looks good

    from USA bucks county pa Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    Ok, I'm stumped. I've tried the connection at four new places, one had a decent picture. Not fantastic but decent. I downloaded a seventeen Meg app in seconds and still didn't have high end picture. It looked great for some nice slow movie, but any high speed action at all was pixelated.

    Seriously, an android phone, android tablet and two different pcs have better picture over a cellular connection than I got. I'm assuming apple has it locked to the highest setting and it's for "optimum user experience" so the iPad isn't really to blame, I just need an uber connection. If I'm right, it smells like "no flash is needed, the Internet just needs to change" and it sits about that well with me.

    Yes...I'm frustrated. Felt the need to rant.
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    Hello! :) I have an iPad2 and the Netflix Quality on it (iPad display or HDMI cable to the TV) is veeeery downgraded than when I use my MacBook Air with the exactly same WiFi Network, on the same day and hour and movie I'm trying to watch. I have always asked why should it be :(.
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    Never had any problems with Netflix on either my iPad 2 or my iPad 3. The quality appears to be very good, to say the least.
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    That's been my experience as well. I understand though that everyone is different and connections, routers, all that stuff can play a role. I hope you get it sorted out.
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    I wish we knew exactly where the settings are in the iPad or Netflix app to set it for hi quality or low. It sounds like the OP's settings are wrong. Netflix looks great to me on iPad. But I have nothing to compare to. YouTube lets to set the streaming quality. Is there a setting like that in Netflix App?
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    IME, netflix sets the quality itself based on the speed of the connection. If the title is in HD and the connection is fast, then netflix improves the quality of the stream to the best possible. If the title is not in HD and if the connection is poor, then it can accommondate that too. Netflix is about making the experience seemless to the user. Youtube will let you set the scream quality, but if the connection can't support it then youtube will simply let you suffer with stops and starts and an otherwise crappy experience.
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    Agree that it's the connection, not Netflix, that's the problem.

    I've streamed Netflix for two years on iPad in cities across the U.S., and viewing quality has been great as long as my connection is good. I've had the same experience on two iPad 1s, an iPad 2 and my husband's iPad 1. I've never had to mess with any settings.
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