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Best way to watch Netflix? Ipad 3 or direct connect to Panny ready blu-ray?

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wildbanshee2011 Calculating status...
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Nov 18, 2012 12:43 PM

I am researching the best way to stream Netflix?  Here is what I have;

 

Brand new iPad 3

Pioneer VSX-1120 which has both HDMI inputs and a iPad USB/rca input.

Panasonic DMP-BDT1-- Blu-Ray with Netflix ready, (has ability to connect to Internet via Ethernet or wirless adapter)

Panasonic TC-P58VT25 full 3d HDTV with HDMI and Ethernet inputs.

Westell 7500 wireless router

 

What are your suggestions?

 

Download Netflix on iPad and connect to Pioneer receiver  This would stream wireless from the router to iPad  Then wired from iPad to receiver???

Just connect the Blu-Ray player or TV to the Router with Ethernet?  No wireless involved.

 

Help...???

iPad, iOS 6.0.1
  • jordan11pie Calculating status...

    Its your decision but I would with streaming wirelessly through your iPad because it would naturally play amazing quality HD Video but if your Internet isnt very fast I wouldnt recommed it because the amount of lag through out the playback would be horendous but I would definately go for wireless.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,505 points)

    I would go Ethernet (assuming it is not a problem running the cable), and allow your Blu-Ray player do the work.  That way your WiFi bandwidth for in hone computer-to-computer Data transfers is not affected, and any such in home transfers do not affect your Netflix viewing.  Also if you have any WiFi interference it will not affect your Netflix viewing.

     

    This would leave your iPad free to play with during the movie :-)

     

    I would use the iPad to browse and select Netflix movies putting them in your "Instant Queue", so you can easily start watching form the Blu-Ray player.  Chances are the Blu-Ray player's user interface is not very user friendly :-)

     

    You can still download Netflix to your iPad, and watch movies directly on your iPad when you do not want to sit in front of your TV (such as when you are away from home, or someone else is using the TV).

     

    This is more or less the setup I use, only I have an internet capable TV with Netflex built in. I had the option of Ethernet or WiFi, and went Ethernet, for all the reasons above, especally since browsing Netflix via the TV interface is a pain, but selecting a movie already in my Netflix Instant Queue was easy. And I still watch a movie on my iOS device, if that is more convent.

     

    If the Blu-Ray Netflx experence is not as good as using the iPad, or if there is extra expensive equipment to buy, or getting Ethernet to the TV location is a problem, them adjust your setup accordingly.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    The iPad offers the advantage of a full keyboard to type that is not dependent on the battery limitations of device remote control.  The iPad is great if your Westell is an 802.11n capable router.  802.11g is passable, though you can often get lag on video streaming when all you have is 802.11g.  All the other devices would hook up through the LAN ports of your Westell router.  As long as you setup your instant queue on the computer with all you want to view, it really doesn't matter if you have a keyboard on either device.

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