Roku Netflix Player Set-top Box Review
Over 10,000 movies and TV episodes instantly
No change in monthly Netflix costs and you continue to get your DVDs by mail
Easily connects directly to your TV
Pause, rewind or play anytime - just like a DVD
Guaranteed to work with your TV
Video Outputs: HDMI (audio and video), component, S-video, composite
Audio outputs: HDMI audio, optical TOSlink, stereo analogue
Included: Netflix Player, infrared remote control, two AAA batteries, A/V cables (composite video, stereo audio), power adapter, Getting Started guide
30-day money back guarantee and a 1-year warranty
- Easy to setup and use
- Inexpensive way to access thousands of movies
- No additional monthly fees for existing Netflix subscribers
- No HD content
- No 5.1 surround sound
- High percentage of 4:3 content
- Some movies have incorrect aspect ratios
Roku Netflix Player Introduction
When rumors of a Netflix set-top box started surfacing around the Internet, my ears perked up. The thought of bringing Netflix' Watch Now technology to my home theater made me nearly salivate. After all, current "free" on-demand offerings from cableTV are extremely limited, showing up as channel-specific, public domain, and/or Black & White classic fare. Satellite TV's flavor of on-demand is nearly nonexistent and its crippled functionality currently gives it a steep uphill climb before it can even begin to mature.
Upon hearing Roku announce immediate availability of its new set-top Netflix Player I immediately ordered one. There's been much criticism and skepticism about the player and its usefulness to enthusiasts. What I'll attempt to do is break it down technically, demonstrate the interface, examine the playback quality, and then summarize what different types of users might think of this new technology.
The Roku Netflix Player doesn't actually store movies within the set-top unit itself - at least not in their entirety. Rather, it caches enough to enable playback of the film, uninterrupted via streaming download. There are several advantages to this. First, it maintains the status of the box so that Netflix isn't paying royalties on full downloads which then need to be concerned with HDCP or other copy protection. With the Roku box the other significant advantage is that selected films will playback almost immediately. Thirty seconds was the average time I measured for new downloads. Compare that to the length of time it would be to download an entire DVD movie, which could be in excess of 3 GB.
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mcfin, post: 604513
Thanks. Is there anything oher than video game systems that can do this? There has to be, right?
try something like this http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/12/09/transform-ubuntu-into-a-media-center-with-xbmc/
For streaming your files a media PC would work well. The x-box or PS3 might do it - I haven't tried. When I used to stream I used my hacked Directv tivo box …