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Netflix $99 Set Top Box Announced


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#51 OFFLINE   lee635

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 04:44 PM

I don't have netflix at present. Is the box required to DL movies or can you use your pc as well?




Agree. The selection is much better now.


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#52 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:50 PM

PC will work just fine... just visit the netflix web site.
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:17 AM

Starz, Netflix Team Up For Online Content
Movie rental service Netflix and Starz Entertainment on Wednesday announced an agreement that will make content from the "Starz Play" broadband subscription service available for instant streaming at Netflix. The deal adds some 2,500 movies, TV shows and concerts to Netflix's online library and makes Starz Play available to all unlimited Netflix subscriptions.

"The coupling of Starz Play with our growing library of streaming content is an important step forward for both companies and for consumer choice," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. "Our deal reflects the creative ways we are working with content partners to expand the profile and the number of choices our subscribers can watch instantly over the internet."

To date, about 1,000 Starz titles are currently available for instant streaming from the Netflix web site, with more set to be added in the coming weeks, the companies said. The Starz collection of programming for online distribution includes first-run movies ("Spider Man 3" and "Ratatouille"), independent films, sports and concert footage as well as original content like the Starz series "Crash."

#54 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 05:56 PM

The upgrade for HD that Netflix/Roku box owners have been waiting for is finally here in time for Christmas.

So now we have the XBox360, Samsung Blu-Ray players, Netflix/Roku boxes, etc., capable of delivering HD the question now will be can the Netflix delivery system take the load? Will we see a rapidly expanding selection of titles? Will ISP's be able to take the load...?

Time will tell.
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#55 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 06:21 PM

I seen the reports saying by the end of the year and have been waiting for it but I just checked mine and no new update available.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 06:58 PM

Where can I get a Roku HD box?
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#57 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 07:00 PM

Where can I get a Roku HD box?


You just have to go to roku.com and order a Netflix player. But as I said above the update is not available yet, at least not for me. I know it is suppose to be out by the end of the year.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 08:20 PM

Engadget reports the update is being pushed out "in waves" http://www.engadget....flix-streaming/ right now... As I have the Samsung Blu-Ray and the XBox 360 I cant verify, but that is what they are reporting as 12-20-2008.


You just have to go to roku.com and order a Netflix player. But as I said above the update is not available yet, at least not for me. I know it is suppose to be out by the end of the year.


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#59 OFFLINE   Michael D'Angelo

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 08:27 PM

Thanks Larry. I can't wait to get the update.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 09:03 PM

Where can I get a Roku HD box?


http://www.roku.com/netflixplayer/

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 07:31 AM

I got the update on both of my Roku boxes last night. So far so good.

The HD PQ is good but definitely not Blu-Ray. I would say it is about half way between a good upconverted SD picture and Blu-Ray. Kind of like what a Apple TV does. The added benefit is that the Roku box now does an excellent job upconverted non-HD movies to 720p. Also, like the Wii, the main screen contains "channels". None are available right now but according to a text statement after upgrading, channels are coming in early 2009.

No bad and I'm sure over time things will improve.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 07:50 AM

I have Netflix on my HD Tivo and on the Roku. HD came on the Tivo earlier than the Roku. I am going to play with both to see what I like about each (so far, I like the Tivo GUI better...it is not Tivo-like at all, BTW) but the Roku seems quicker and does a better job of FF/Rewind. The PQ seems equal (they are both hooked up via component but the Tivo is set at 1080i and the Roku at 720p).

I have had the Roku for several months now and have been quite happy with the performance. Very few dropouts but this release seems to have improved PQ (which makes sense since it now upconverts all to HD) and loading speed. The Tivo is a bit balky getting into the programming (which Tivo seems to be overall these days...they are really pushing those boxes with stuff including at least three different GUI styles).

The Roku may find its way into the bedroom but for now it stays in the living room along side the Tivo waiting to see what the new content (Hulu?) will be.

For me, the PQ for SD is better than most SD (including OTA) but varies per program (naturally). The HD looks HD but has a slighly strobing look on motion (not huge but noticeable often). That may improve as Netflix is using a new compression scheme.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 09:19 AM

Netflix box owners will soon be receiving an upgrade for access to Amazon video on demand titles:

http://www.cinemable...yond-14630.html

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:05 AM

Did anyone get the new software with Amazon video? I still don't have it on either of my boxes.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 10:36 AM

Chris.. I understand the software for the Roku boxes is still being tested "in several limited geographic areas" one of which I believe is Seattle and it isn't ready yet... but I also believe their goal is the first quarter.


Did anyone get the new software with Amazon video? I still don't have it on either of my boxes.


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 04:42 PM

I would love to see a download only netflix subscription, I would probably go for that. I dont have much interest in doing the by mail DVDs though right now.
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 04:46 PM

I would love to see a download only netflix subscription, I would probably go for that. I dont have much interest in doing the by mail DVDs though right now.


As long as you have the one DVD at a time unlimited plan (which I believe is $7.99 am month) you can download as much as you want. The selection is limited but for $7.99 a month you can't beat it. And you can you have a few movies a month sent or leave your que empty if you don't want any sent.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 05:38 PM

I guess that is not too bad. Would prefer something like $4.99 for the current selection.

Hopefully in the future things will improve, though I know the studios are not all loving downloadable formats as first releases as it hurts disc sales.
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Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:17 PM

1. Does anyone know the size of the movies? Curious how many movies/shows I could watch with Comcast bandwidth limit.

2. Does the video quality change based on your connection speed like it does watching on the computer?

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:21 PM

1. Does anyone know the size of the movies? Curious how many movies/shows I could watch with Comcast bandwidth limit.

2. Does the video quality change based on your connection speed like it does watching on the computer?


Here's some cool details on Netflix: http://www.engadget....aming-shootout/

I have the Samsung BD-P2550. Netflix "HD" is slightly better than a good DVD. Connection speed does play a big part. Checkout the link for details.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:13 AM

1. Does anyone know the size of the movies? Curious how many movies/shows I could watch with Comcast bandwidth limit.

2. Does the video quality change based on your connection speed like it does watching on the computer?


The quality does depend on the connection speed. I use a HomePlug AV (2.0) connection between my cable modem and my LG Blu-Ray player that I use to stream video from Netflix. I don't know what speed I'm getting through the connection, but it's a fraction of the speed of a typical cable modem or DSL connection. Nevertheless, I have no problem streaming the HD content at it's highest quality.

Previously, I used an 802.11g Wi-Fi connection and, most of the time, it also was able to stream at full HD quaility.

So, I think the bandwidth requirements for Netflix streaming are not very great.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:46 PM

The quality does depend on the connection speed. I use a HomePlug AV (2.0) connection between my cable modem and my LG Blu-Ray player that I use to stream video from Netflix. I don't know what speed I'm getting through the connection, but it's a fraction of the speed of a typical cable modem or DSL connection. Nevertheless, I have no problem streaming the HD content at it's highest quality.

Previously, I used an 802.11g Wi-Fi connection and, most of the time, it also was able to stream at full HD quaility.

So, I think the bandwidth requirements for Netflix streaming are not very great.

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When I watch online the image quality definately fluctuates depending on my current connection speed.

I can not get consistent connection speeds with my Windows machine. I think it something in my set-up (bad cable, bad switch etc...) because when I speed test my Linux machine which is hooked right to the router I get 5mbps consistently and the Windows machine jumps between 2.5 and 4.

But I am rambling. I will probably get the Roku and give it a shot. It's not that expensive.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 09:52 AM

I just got an e-mail from Roku. It looks like the Amazon movies will be available via a firmware update within the next 5 days.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 07:44 AM

Well, I downloaded the Amazon update last night to my Roku box. Seems to work fairly well. During setup, they give you a web address and a code so you can attach your Amazon account to the Roku box.

It was actually kind of interesting. A few years ago I purchased a couple of TV episodes on Amazon and forgot about them. They popped right up on the Roku box once my account was active. Kind of cool actually.

I plan on playing with it more tonight.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

I figured out my problem when watching online is the Comcast speedboost which gives you a jolt at the begining of a download but slows after so many MB's. This was causing the online Netflix player to adjust speed and sometimes start buffering again.

While researching the problem I found out that you can hit Shift+B when the Neflix player is first starting and adjust the bitrate. I found the sweet spot for me is 1600Kbps. Get decent picture and no re-buffering.

Gonna get the box and see how it does with the shifting connection speeds.




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