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Netflix Player by Roku

By Bob on June 8, 2009 6:46 AM

Let's get this straight right from the beginning.  The Netflix Player by Roku is the NEXT BIG THING (NBT).  This device slipped in like a freakin' NINJA when we were debating if Blu-ray was the killer app that would hold us hostage in front of our TVs.  

The Roku player (aka the Netflix Player by Roku) is a streaming device that makes it easy to instantly watch over 12,000 movies and TV episodes (many in HD) over the internet.


Don't stop reading because you thinkNetflix Roku Player.jpg it only streams movies to your computer.  This clever device is designed to stream entertainment on your HOME TV. 

It connects to your TV just like a DVR (think TiVo) and communicates with Netflix through the internet using any wired or wireless broadband connection (cable modem, DSL or your home wireless network).

Movies download in about 30 seconds (depending on your internet connection).


If you're on a Netflix plan that costs $8.99 a month or more, there are no limits to how many movies or TV shows you can watch instantly.  The best part is there is no extra charge for viewing movies or TV shows with the Netflix Roku and you still get Netflix DVDs by mail.


The remote is simple to figure out and easy to use.  It allows you to stop, pause and replay anything you download.


What's the quality like?


We've watched old and new movies on a 103" screen and the image is superb and the sound is satisfying.  "Letters from Iwo Jima" made me feel like I was in the middle of WWII.  "The Long Hot Summer," a Cinemascope epic from Hollywood's golden era, filled the screen with Paul Newman's baby blue eyes (Charlotte made me say that). 


The Roku player costs about $100.  But, once you have it, there is no additional cost.  Visit Roku to find out more.  Netflix also has plenty of information on their site.

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