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Netflix $99 Set Top Box Announced


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#21 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 09:41 AM

I have an Apple TV but am very interested to see what happens with the Netflix box. Sounds like a simple solution for Netflix renters.

Be aware though that the Apple TV is really not the same thing. It's much more robust and there is no monthly fee to own one. Also, with the internal hard drive, you can rip your rented or purchased DVD's to the box for later viewing.

As far as HD, true, renting on the Apple TV is expensive but there are HD movies available in iTunes that are not available on Blu-Ray.

Either way, the Netflix box sounds cool and I just might get one to try it out. :)

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 11:08 AM

Just what i need - ANOTHER STB. I'll pass, thank you
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:39 PM

Just my opinion, but I think HD downloads from the Internet isn't going to be worthwhile in the United States for at least a few more years. Right now the "HD" from providers like Apple (via their AppleTV) device is just not very good at all.

When I checked into it Apple was charging $5.99 for a 24 hour window on viewing a HD rental movie. That movie is encoded in 720p MPEG-4 AVC with lossy DD 5.1 audio. A 2 hour movie fits in about 4GB of hard drive space. That's a little over half the space required by the average MPEG-2 based 480p DVD movie. That's really severe data compression.

At the same time, I can rent a Blu-ray movie from Hastings for $5.99 and keep it for 7 days. Or $3.99 if I bring back the video the next day. Our local Blockbuster and Hollywood Video locations charge $4.99 for Blu-ray rentals.

Obviously the 1080p video and lossless or uncompressed audio on Blu-ray runs at bandwidths far above anything any download-based provider can match. I think it's going to be 7-10 years before Internet connections in the United States provide bandwidths of 30 million bits per second or better in most cities and towns.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:10 PM

I have rented many HD movies on the Apple TV. I also have Blu-Ray. While Blu-Ray is obviously superior, the Apple TV HD movies are really not all that bad. I shoot them up on a 106" screen and they look quite good. Definitely better than an upconverted DVD but not as good as Blu-Ray.

The Apple TV is all about convenience. There are times when I want to watch the movie now and not wait for a few days to get the movie from Netflix or have to leave the house to run to a rental store. I for one like the convenience. BTW, the HD movies are $3.99 and $4.99 to rent on the Apple TV.

As far as the original topic, my Netflix box will be arriving on Wednesday. :) Looking forward to seeing how it works out.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 05:39 PM

OK so I'm officially impressed.

I received the Netflix box today and hooked it to a 32" LCD 720p HDTV.

Setup was easy and the internal wireless in the box did not have any trouble finding my network. Signal strength is good.

The quality? Not bad at all. At normal viewing distance it looks almost as good as DVD. The interface couldn't be simpler.

The only thing I had to do was go into the settings on the Netflix box and change it to 16X9. It defaults to 4X3.

Also, good news. Harmony remotes will work. Just select up Roku under DVR and use the model number N1000. My Harmony 880 has no issues controlling the box.

IMHO, this is a steal for $99. Now I'm looking forward to seeing what Netflix has planned for this thing.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 07:22 AM

The Netflix box is turning out to be a hit. I placed about 40 movies in the queue and noticed that my wife and kids are all using the box. Why wife hates it when I buy new toys but she is actually enjoying this one. She says she like the fact that it's basically "on demand".

Just for kicks I hooked the box up to my 106" front projection system. PQ was about the same as a standard definition movie on the Apple TV. Not great for a very large screen but good enough as long as you are not sitting too close to the screen.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:17 AM

Has anyone heard about the LG box that they are suppose to launch for bluray?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 10:14 AM

The Netflix box is turning out to be a hit. I placed about 40 movies in the queue and noticed that my wife and kids are all using the box. Why wife hates it when I buy new toys but she is actually enjoying this one. She says she like the fact that it's basically "on demand".

Just for kicks I hooked the box up to my 106" front projection system. PQ was about the same as a standard definition movie on the Apple TV. Not great for a very large screen but good enough as long as you are not sitting too close to the screen.


How is the selection using the box? I know it says 10,000 movies, but do they have some new releases on it too?

I'm thinking $8.99/mo, 1 DVD at a time and unlimited movies on the Netflix box seems like a pretty good deal.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:13 AM

How is the selection using the box? I know it says 10,000 movies, but do they have some new releases on it too?

I'm thinking $8.99/mo, 1 DVD at a time and unlimited movies on the Netflix box seems like a pretty good deal.

The selection isn't really that great. Lots of older movies but very few newer ones. No new releases from what I can see. There are some movies that are less than a year old.

For right now the box is great for access to older titles. Maybe titles that you haven't rented yet because you don't wish to clog up your main Netflix queue. I have found that it's best just to load up the instant access queue with a bunch of movies. That way when you turn the box on, you have a large selection to choose from.

This thing has potential. Right now I wouldn't recommend it to someone who only rents newer titles but for someone who wants quick access to catalog stuff, it's wonderful.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 07:50 PM

I've had mine for a few weeks now and am VERY pleased with it. Pretty much the same reaction from my wife. She's always skeptical when I get anything new for the TV but she thinks this was a good deal. As they build their database I see this really taking off. This thing is really a good value, especially if you have a decent speed connection. If Roku partners with Lulu in addition to Netflix it will even get better. It's great as it is at 480p. Once they bump up to hi-def LOOK OUT!!
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:49 AM

I love my Roku box. I eagerly await HD for it. For SD, though, it is very good. Some stuff looks like good DVD, some is about like watching SD on an HD channel.

I am currently using it to catch up on old stuff. There is quite a bit of British TV on it (many old Doctor Who episodes and a lot of Brit Coms) and lots of older movies. I think I have about 80 things in my queue right now.

And I am very pleasantly surprised at the dependability. Very few glitches with lots of watching.

They can improve things and there is a forum on Roku's website that discusses issues. Things like better organization of the shows you have access to (and I personally hate the big display Netflix-style, preferring nice neat lists) but for a one time fee of $99, this is a great addition if you are already a Netflix customer. A no-brainer, really.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:23 PM

I've had mine for a few weeks now and am VERY pleased with it...


I love my Roku box...

Thanks for the reports. I ended up getting a second box for another TV. I found out that you can have as many boxes as your plan allows (2 out - 2 boxes, 3 out - 3 boxes, etc). Both are working well. When they get HD for this thing, it will shine!

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 01:00 PM

The Xbox 360 will soon have this same functionality (Fall 2008). Can the Roku box not do HD, or are they just not pushing HD at the moment. Was thinking of signing-up with my Xbox, but was hoping for HD.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 01:01 PM

The Xbox 360 will soon have this same functionality (Fall 2008). Can the Roku box not do HD, or are they just not pushing HD at the moment. Was thinking of signing-up with my Xbox, but was hoping for HD.


The Roku player will be able to do HD but Netflix is not offering HD yet for it.

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 02:07 PM

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 08:06 PM

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#38 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 10:58 AM

I ordered a Netflix player on Thursday and receiver it a little while ago and I must say they PQ is as good or maybe even better than I thought it would be. I personally see myself using it a lot.

I would like to see some more current content added to it. It does not need to be new release stuff, but things that have been out on DVD for a few months would be great IMO.

The only question/problem I am having is does it do Dolby Digital and if so does it work through HDMI?

I have it hooked up via HDMI and I am not getting Dolby Digital so I am wondering if the unit can even do it before I pick up a digital optical cable if it will not work through HDMI.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 11:11 AM

No, I don't think it does Dolby Digital yet.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 11:28 AM

No, I don't think it does Dolby Digital yet.


Thanks Chris. I figured, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong.




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