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Netflix $99 Set Top Box Announced


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#26 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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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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#27 OFFLINE   turey22

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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.

#29 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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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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#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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Posted 04 August 2008 - 11:41 AM

when do you guys think it will be able to show hd content?

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 11:45 AM

when do you guys think it will be able to show hd content?


Yes. It has HDMI and component and I believe it has already been announced that there will be HD content available at some point for it.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 12:32 PM

Yes. It has HDMI and component and I believe it has already been announced that there will be HD content available at some point for it.


yeah i know at some point but i just didnt know if this year or next but thank you. i want to get one but the turn off is the no hd part and as what ive read no new release.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:12 AM

so i am thinking about getting this box today...i was wondering how you guys like it?

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 04:20 PM

it is very nice, well worth the 99 investment, the faster your internet connection is, the better video quality is, you can stream a entire movie in less then 2 mins, i love it !!! :)

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:00 PM

Maybe a little off topic but I heard from a good source today that Blockbuster is putting planned download schemes on the back burner and is going to push more into the $.99 Kiosk rental business. They got on the mail rental market late and don't want the same thing to happen to them with the rental boxes. This seems logical to me as downloading is a hassle. I get all my movies from REDBOX.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:06 PM

I'm on the fence about all this stuff. I love movies but I want high quality and I want to be able to watch at the last minute. The Netflix box is interesting if it delivers HD-quality at some point, but now there's the possibility that Comcast will cut me off if I watch too many movies.

At this point I think I'm leaning to the BluRay player and hope that RedBox stocks them. Blockbuster is so inconvenient to me. RedBoxes are everywhere here.

For the time being I think we'll continue to use our current method of subscribing to one premium movie channel and renting an HD PPV when the urge hits.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 07:11 PM

Maybe a little off topic but I heard from a good source today that Blockbuster is putting planned download schemes on the back burner and is going to push more into the $.99 Kiosk rental business. They got on the mail rental market late and don't want the same thing to happen to them with the rental boxes. This seems logical to me as downloading is a hassle. I get all my movies from REDBOX.


Thats great for you but you can not get TV shows on DVD in REDBOX. Shows like the Wire from HBO are typically $70-100 for one 12 episode season. Netflix is well worth the money. Besides what better 80,000 titles or 50 in a box? I am sure it works well for some. I mean the idea of renting a new release on Tuesday for $1 is great and I use REDBOX some but I will not cancel Netflix reguardless.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 03:24 AM

just checked out the new movies added on netflix this morning, looks like they have added a bunch from 2007 now, also some of them are being shown on the premium movie channels this month, i love it!!! keep up the good work netflix. :)

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

just checked out the new movies added on netflix this morning, looks like they have added a bunch from 2007 now, also some of them are being shown on the premium movie channels this month, i love it!!! keep up the good work netflix. :)

Agree. The selection is much better now.




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