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Old 01-23-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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Roku

who's got one? Pro's, con's?
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:22 PM   #2
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Roku Roku is more than 100 y/o manufacturer of high speed mlling machines and their speciality is graphite electrodes machining.

One of the best machines in the world.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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I think he means the internet entertainment streaming device. Although the milling machine would be more fun.

Got a Roku a few months ago. It works very well for streaming Netflix, internet radio (e.g. Pandora) and so on. More and more channels are coming online and there are a lot of "private" channels you can add for some other content.

A lot of what is coming available now is pay-per-view or subscription based.

I got the newest, HD model and was glad I did. Netflix isn't streaming HD yet but Amazon and others are. My bandwidth isn't high enough for HD anyway but does a great job at Netflix. Usually 3 or 4 out of 4 quality.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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Got the XDS for christmas and mostly like it. My only complaint is the freezing digitized picture that sometimes makes motion less than good.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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I'm waiting for the Netgear NeoTV 550 to hit the US. Good reviews for it. The Roku is next on the list. The WD TV Live is way down the list.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:40 PM   #6
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ya the milling machine is cool but I am thinking about getting the streaming device seems like a good deal for a hundred bucks
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:40 PM   #7
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I got a Roku player about three years ago. The first one I got was a lemon, but they replaced it within 24 hours with no complaints. The once I am using now is still running strong.

There is a rumor that netflix is going to do away with mail DVD's entirely and put everything on netflix.

Picture quality is really good. We get the occasional blur or audio not fully synched with video, but those are pretty rare for how much time we spend watching it.

I would recommend to a friend.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:13 PM   #8
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I got the newest, HD model and was glad I did. Netflix isn't streaming HD yet but Amazon and others are. My bandwidth isn't high enough for HD anyway but does a great job at Netflix. Usually 3 or 4 out of 4 quality.
Netflix does stream some hd content. I use it with a wd tv live hub w/ powerline network and it works great. I would guess they are in the process of updating their content to hd.
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Old 01-23-2011, 04:29 PM   #9
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I have one of the original Roku boxes and it is great. I all you want to view is Netflix that you may want to get a Blue-Ray player that has an Internet connection for Netlfix and other stuff. I recently have ordered a Boxee Box which has more capabilities than the Roku. They don't have Netflix yet but it is coming and they do have Vudu and all the other things including the ability of playing /viewing all the stuff on your computer including mp3/video/etc...

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I have one of the original Roku boxes and it is great. I all you want to view is Netflix that you may want to get a Blue-Ray player that has an Internet connection for Netlfix and other stuff. I recently have ordered a Boxee Box which has more capabilities than the Roku. They don't have Netflix yet but it is coming and they do have Vudu and all the other things including the ability of playing /viewing all the stuff on your computer including mp3/video/etc...

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I'd be interested in hearing about this. I almost pushed the button on an AppleTV yesterday, but decided to wait, as the "only" non-Apple content available for it is Netflix.

A key feature for me is the ability to play video's I have on my iMac's external hard drive on my TV, streamed wirelessly.

Your description of the Boxee implies it will do this. So I'm all
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:40 PM   #11
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I have one of the original Roku boxes and it is great. I all you want to view is Netflix that you may want to get a Blue-Ray player that has an Internet connection for Netlfix and other stuff. I recently have ordered a Boxee Box which has more capabilities than the Roku. They don't have Netflix yet but it is coming and they do have Vudu and all the other things including the ability of playing /viewing all the stuff on your computer including mp3/video/etc...

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I run Boxee from a Mac and a PC. It's free and there is craploads of content that is free. Simple to install and run (most of the time)
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:03 PM   #12
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Netflix does stream some hd content. I use it with a wd tv live hub w/ powerline network and it works great. I would guess they are in the process of updating their content to hd.
I really wish Netflix would allow YOU to choose the quality level. My internet connection sometimes slows for a few seconds and if Netflix starts downloading at that point, it will switch to SD and you cannot get it to go to HD.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:16 PM   #13
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I have been looking into getting one of these boxes.

Where exactly does the content come from, besides services like nexflix that you have to pay for?

Do they allow you to browse the internet or check email, etc from your tv over the wireless network?
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I really wish Netflix would allow YOU to choose the quality level. My internet connection sometimes slows for a few seconds and if Netflix starts downloading at that point, it will switch to SD and you cannot get it to go to HD.

I've noticed on the XBox that the quality will change as download speed changes. It'll go from 3/4 to 2/4 to 3/4 as it can. It's really kind of annoying. On Roku it'll pretty much stay at 3/4 with a bit of pixellization now and then. I need a faster connection.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:02 PM   #15
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Roku

Mine works well. Very small and simple. Netflix works well. Limited free content and no way to stream anything from the PC are the downsides.
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