EDIT: All quality issues are now resolved 01.11.2016
Netflix in Czech Republic sucks
Unfortunately there is no beating around the bush on this one.
The pricing isn’t the problem, I will give them that, it is really affordable roughly 300 crowns per month for unlimited viewing on 2 devices and they claim this includes HD too.
They also offer a free trial for a month, which is generous.
What sucks about Netflix in the Czech Republic?
Very low resolution streaming. I’m all for subscribing to a convenient steaming service when it is affordable and I really wanted to enjoy Netflix but sadly the steaming quality is so poor, it has really made me question if Netflix is over rated.
Am I sure the problem isn’t on my side?
Yup I am pretty sure. I’m not trying to watch HD quality on a 56k modem, I’m on a UPC Fiber connection with a 200 mbps download rate.
Here is some proof:
As you can see my internet is comparable to some of the best provided on the planet.
I spent 2 hours in a support discussion with 3 Netflix engineers
Not 1 or 2, but 3. They asked me to try viewing in another browser, then they asked me to restart my modem, and finally after 2 hours of taking zero responsibility, they told me the problem is with my ISP.
I am fairly confident the problem is not with my ISP
Up until now I haven’t had any issues with throttling or shaping. My internet is just blazingly fast and just works.
Netflix claim that only 7 mbps is required for full HD steaming. I just don’t see UPC purposely throttling Netflix. But I could be wrong.
So how bad is it?
Pretty damn terrible to be honest. Before we get to the screenshots. Netflix allows you to change your playback settings. Obviously I did this.
Have a look:
Now what you’ve been waiting for, the screenshots: