[mythtv-users] Netflix's new Roku product.
masterclc at gmail.com
Sun Jun 1 17:20:20 UTC 2008
On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 6:42 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:
> My Roku box arrived today. For simplicity I just grabbed the composite
> and digital audio cables from my DVD and plugged them into the player.
> After about 5 minutes of setup - mostly just waiting for the box to
> download some updates and restart, and then after entering an
> activation code on the Netflix site - presumably to identify this box
> with my account, the machine was up and running with no problems so
> My son is screaming that the network is lagging for his game - tough
> S#$%, right? ;-) Too bad I say.
> Some strangeness with the audio. Of all things it seems that 'Les
> Paul: Chasing Sound' is coming through in mono. Center channel only.
> Some other movie I started has at least the front 3 audio channels.
> Not sure about rear yet.
> Video quality looks good. Far better than my PVR-150/250 cards but it
> is using composite so I'd expect it had better look good. So far it
> seems comparable to my standard DVD. We don't have HD DVD here yet.
> One head's up about the way it operates. It requires that you do your
> browsing for movies mainly online at the Netflix site and add them to
> your Instant Queue. Once they's in your queue they show up on the
> player pretty much instantly.
> Stupid me for not ordering the composite/optical cables from them.
> Thought I had extras. That will cost me.
Sweet. I have had mine for about a week and a half now. I used the
HDMI and Wireless to simplify the number the number of cables going to
the little box. Over HDMI the quality on my 42" 1080P plasma is much
better than I had anticipated. I get "4 dots" which is the best
signal and the quality is comparable to the DVDs I watch and better
than the analog cable (but definitely not as good as or better than
High Def compared to either my blu-ray, or any HD channel whether
1080i or 720p). I was also a little surprised on how I add the
movies, I had assumed I could browse the entire Netflix library
without a computer, but it's not that big of a deal for me that I have
to add them to my Watch Instant Queue and then they appear in the box
Also, check out monoprice for your cables you overlooked :)
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