Manually force Netflix (or any Silverlight stream) to use HD (or any preset bitrate).

When using Netflix from a computer browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.), it will automatically stream content based on your internet download speed. This ensures smooth playback that isn’t interupted by annoying ‘buffering’ pauses.

It can sometimes get it wrong though. If you prefer to wait for prebuffering, then you can force it to use a higher bitrate – even an HD setting.

Instructions for Windows
Use one of the following key combinations:
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S
or
Shift + Alt + Left Click

Instructions for OS-X
Ctrl + Shift + Option + S

2 thoughts on “Manually force Netflix (or any Silverlight stream) to use HD (or any preset bitrate).

  1. Sally

    How do you save the “forced” bit rate? It resets back to auto each time I pick a different movie

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