How to Get Better Image Quality on Netflix

By Maira Ahrens

Netflix is a company that provides on-demand video streaming and DVD and Blu-ray home-delivery service. Netflix is available for streaming on computers; smartphones; video game consoles such as the Wii, Xbox and PlayStation 3; and digital video players. Regardless of the type of device used for streaming, receiving the best image quality on Netflix depends largely on your Internet connection.

Step 1

Connect your device to a high-speed Internet connection. Netflix streaming video requires a lot of bandwidth; therefore, it is best to have a high-speed Internet connection that provides a download speed of at least 3 megabits per second (mbps).

Step 2

Use HDMI cables to connect the digital device to the TV or monitor. HDMI cables provide the best connection for better streaming video quality. Component video cables are the next best, followed by S-Video, with composite providing the worst-image quality.

Step 3

Use a television or screen with a high resolution in order to receive better image quality through Netflix. A 1080p resolution is considered the standard as of 2010 and is the highest resolution that Netflix can provide for streaming video.

Step 4

Reduce any in-home connections to the Web to help improve the image quality on Netflix. When streaming video from Netflix, disconnect other devices from the Internet such as computers and mobile phones or shut down any Web browsing and other downloading. This way all the bandwidth goes toward providing the best quality streaming video.

Tips & Warnings

  • Conduct a speed test of the Internet connection periodically to determine download speeds. Speed tests can be found on the Web through many Internet technology sites.
  • Netflix servers can become congested at peak hours, usually evenings. Regardless of your in-home settings, video quality can degrade when the Netflix servers are busy.