[mythtv-users] Netflix's new Roku product.

Kevin Kuphal kkuphal at gmail.com
Wed May 21 14:31:43 UTC 2008

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 6:37 PM, Scott D. Davilla <davilla at 4pi.com> wrote:

> Reading the reviews, only 10 percent of the catalog is available for
> streaming and that does not include any current DVD releases. It only
> has 64MB of ram with no other temp storage so pure streaming. Their
> software will detect your bandwidth and you need better than 2Mb for
> 480p. Only 480p is supported right now. HD content is promised
> (there's that word again) for when Netflix moves to HD content and
> Roku provides the firmware update.

It is nothing more than an alternative to using Windows PC + Internet
Explorer to browse the Watch Instantly content on Netflix.com.  The catalog
is what it is but now, instead of requiring Windows + IE, you get a $99 box
to hook to your TV.  They release TV shows on Watch Now very quickly and
I've been watching Dexter S1 via the Netflix plugin on my Windows MCE box.
For people that don't have that option, this little box is quite a boon.  It
isn't "Netflix in a box" by any means as the Watch Instantly feature is more
supplementary content to the DVD delivery service but then, this isn't a
$250 appliance like the AppleTV either so the entry point is perfect.

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