3.7
15 reviews
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Roku Netflix Player


$99.00 Released May, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Don't need to pay per movie or episode. Can rate what you've watched right on your TV. Integrated wireless.

The Cons:Only 10,000 titles available. Proprietary to Netflix. FF and REW requires re-buffering.

The Roku Netflix player is a streaming device that connects your TV directly to Netflix through an internet connection. You connect your Netflix account, and it allows you to stream movies on your queue.

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Product Shot 2 It can pause and rewind and allows you to rate movies directly from the box. Any movie you've placed in your Instant Queue is immediately available for watching. The Roku can be connected to an older TV or a newer HDTV through RCA, S-video, component video, or HDMI.

Features

  • Remote control included
  • Connects to the Internet through ethernet or wireless
  • Requires an active Netflix membership
  • Dimensions: 5" x 5" x 2"
  • 10,000 titles currently available from Netflix.

Connection ports

  • Video: HDMI, Component video, S-video, Composite video
  • Audio: Digital Optical Audio, Analog Stereo Audio
  • Network: Wired Ethernet, WiFi (802.11 b/g)

User Reviews (16)

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Pros
  • 10

    Don't need to pay per movie or episode

  • 8

    Can rate what you've watched right on your TV

  • 8

    Integrated wireless

  • 7

    Easy to set up

  • 6

    Can browse selection and read descriptions

  • 5

    Inexpensive

  • 5

    HDMI, Component, S-Video and Composite

  • 4

    Supports older televisions (RCA connector)

  • 4

    HD streaming support

  • 3

    Small and lightweight -- good for travelers

  • 3

    will support Amazon Video on Demand

  • 2

    snappy performance

  • 1

    Supports Pandora music streaming

  • 1

    Roku adding more channels over time

Cons
  • 4

    Only 10,000 titles available

  • 4

    Proprietary to Netflix

  • 4

    FF and REW requires re-buffering

  • 1

    You don't 'own' any movies or shows

  • 1

    Must add videos to your Netflix instant queue to see them on the Roku

  • 0

    Mediocre video quality

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shavenwarthog
shavenwarthog: #roku_netflix_player "Mediocre video quality" is relative. I use Netflix player under Windows Vista. On one title, "Rivers and Tides", the quality was excellent, vibrant colors and details. Another movie, "Sinbad in the Seven Seas" or something, it was unwatchable -- smeared and blurry.

The player scales your video quality based on network performance. But, it's tricky to say whether you should just try again later, or whether the original source video is too bad to be usable.

With the Windows Netflix player, I'd say the quality is variable but often quite good. Jul 9, 08
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