I downloaded the official Netflix app from the Kindle store and it displayed low resolution (480p). I downloaded the app for Netflix through a sideapp for Android and it still displays at low resolution. I went into my Netflix account to display at Best Quality but both apps play low resolution. Do I simply have to watch on my Roku for an HD stream? I was hoping to watch good quality on my new HD 8.9 but it's not streaming that way. It can't be my wi-fi connection because my Roku player streams at minimum 720p immediately. Anyone having similar problems? Maybe a future update?
Yes, I'm having a similar problem as well. The picture quality is very low (480p) when I stream to my Kindle Fire HD 8.9. I have only used the Netflix app from the Kindle store (I have not sideloaded anything). Because I stream Netflix to a Roku box across the house, and it streams in minimum 720p immediately with absolutely no issues... I don't think it's the wifi.
Sadly, my wife's original Kindle Fire 7" (non-HD) actually streams Netflix better (smoother and with equal or better picture). I don't get it, but this might be a deal breaker for me. I have only owned my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for three weeks, but if this is indicative of the product I bought I might reconsider my purchase and go buy an Ipad. And I say that with sadness, because I really wanted the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 to work out for me and my family. Our first Kindle has performed like a champion.
It's such an odd problem, that I'm beginning to think there's some interference by Amazon. My Roku has no issues whatsoever picking up and HD stream and on my Kindle Fire HD 8.9, it picks up any Amazon Prime movie/tv show at a high frame rate but Netflix looks so muddy like a 480i stream on an HD screen. I hope and pray that a Netflix representative is looking into this issue. I know there have been 2 updates to Netflix since I've purchased my Fire 8.9 but I purchased the device to watch both Prime and Netflix on it. Right now, I'm watching on my Roku player instead and this will make me seriously consider purchasing another Amazon product.
soooooo tired of the kindle hd fire 8.9 not working with netflix!!!!!!!! this is a very expensive thing and to have it not working correctly and not having anyone to help with it is frustrating enough for me that i will return it - not worth this much money!!!!!
Hey Lorna. What specifically is the issue? Does the streaming cut out on you? Does the app not start at all? One thing that has helped me (and this is an odd way of fixing things, but here it goes) was to unload books and videos from my device. For some weird reason when I used a lot of my storage in the Kindle device, any streaming was sluggish. When I deleted books and videos from my device, the streaming was stronger. Not sure why but it helped me. Otherwise, call 1-866-579-7172 Netflix customer support and see how they can help. Hopefully, it does something.
I'm not sure who fixed the app (Netflix or Amazon or both) but the detection of HD availability is much faster and seems to run at a steady 720p now. I wish we would get the 1080p that the Nexus 7 2nd generation gets but I'm fairly happy now.