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Lovefilm Instant adds HD streaming

Lovefilm has added HD films to its Lovefilm Instant movie streaming service.

Previously only standard definition content, the service has around 900 HD titles as of today, roughly 200 films and 700 TV episodes.

The addition of HD content comes hot-on-the-heels of Lovefilm's new streaming agreement with Universal.

The HD content is clearly marked with an HD badge and there's an HD content channel so you can browse what's available.

Films in HD included Attack the Block and Apocalypse Now, while TV series in HD include Lost, Human Planet and Planet Earth.

HD streams are available on PC and Mac, Xbox 360 and LG and Samsung smart TVs, while Lovefilm is working on bringing HD content to its service on Sony kit, including the PS3, and iPad.

For full 1080p resolution you will have to use a computer or laptop, with the other devices streaming in 720p.

Lovefilm recommends a 3Mbps connection for watching 720p content or a whopping 12Mbps for 1080p.

What's more, Lovefilm helpfully points out that if you have a data allowance, HD streaming will chew through it much faster, suggesting 2 hours of 1080p HD content will use around 10 Gigabytes of data.

You can find out more on the Lovefilm Instant HD website.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.