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While Roku works its great, however when it doesn't.... Then you are dealing with poorly trained and non-English speakers who really don't have a clue regarding the location of your retutned unit. Even though I have a record of the PO delivering it they won't send another until they locate the old unit in THEIR facility. I'll never buy another Roku product.
The first thing I notice is no one mentions that a Internet connections cost money. You have to figure the cost of internet into the equasion.
Lets say one pays $50 a month for High Speed Internet Service. If you add Netflix, you are now at about $59 a month. I currently pay $70 a month so while I would save $11 a month, I would not get current programing. I do not get free internet service through cable so I might wish to look at the phone company though I lose a lot of speed going that route.
I think one needs to consider the cost of cable vs. the cost of your internet connection because anyway you spin it, using Roku with internet is going to cost you money because you have to pay for a internet connection. It all depends on how good of a deal you can get with your Internet connection.
For all those that wrote comments back in April of 2009...........and the reviewer................you are ALL out to lunch!!! Totally wrong with just about everything you have stated!! I bought a Samsung Blu-ray player in June of this year (2010) and I have all the 'apps' that are mentioned (Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, VuDu and others) I have a 5meg DSL connection and get streaming HD (high def) movies that are damn near close to a Blu-Ray DVD. The resolution is THAT GOOD!!!
I'm NOT into sports and the only reason I have looked into Roku is for those that ARE INTO SPORTS. I called Roku and got some tech guy over in India that wasn't all that well informed!!
He said with a paid subscription to a service that plays NFL and NBL, those people could watch a game 1 hour or 24 hours AFTER the game has ended.
NO!! That is NOT real time streaming!!!!!!!! That is called "after the fact".
So Roku is not anything great at THIS POINT. This so-called VuDu box beats it hands down if it has a hard drive.
For all those that wrote your reviews and comments back in April of 2009..................SORRY..........you lose!!!!
Hi Chris-the point I was making is that Netflix already has millions of subscribers and the downloads with Roku are available to them at no extra charge. Secondly you mention you are using a PC with the Netflix downloads--unfortunately the HD content is not available for PC streaming--it is only available with the Roku box, the LG and Samsung Blu-Ray Players and I believe the XBox. So the image quality you were seeing was not the best that Netflix offers. The capabilities the Vudu has are great but for current Netflix subscribers the addition of the Roku box is a great deal.
No comparison... I have had the VuduBx100 since Christmas. I use it with a Comcast Broadband connection and an LCD HDTV with HDMI inputs, and my family loves it. I also watch Hulu on my LCD HDTV via a VGA input from my PC and I am constantly have to wait for buffering. Why would I pay Netflix $8.99+ per month for that. That's like watching a really scratched up DVD, it's annoying. Vudu's SD is DVD quality, but the HDX is far superior than anything that you can currently stream, and thanks to the integrated hard drive there is no buffering. I also enjoy purchasing movies for as little as $6.99 and TV shows for $1.99, and then being able to watch them anytime with or without an internet connection. You can't do that with Amazon. We just drove 14 hours one way to visit family for Spring Break, and my kids were able to watch their favorite movies on our portable DVD player directly from the Vudu box. Vudu also has made it possible to surf YouTube, watch full episodes of national news shows and many podcasts via their On Demand TV, and have recently added Pandora Music. All this for FREE! I am just waiting for Hulu to appear to complete the package. VUDU ROCKS!
I also like the idea of being able to watch all that you want. It would even be better if Netflix opened up more of their library of titles.
I think that your watchability is definitely enhanced by the fast Fios connection. I'm simply warning people that if they don't have a good fast Internet service, the picture quality will suffer.
I have used the Roku with 15 MB Fios and I am very pleased. The image quality of movies that Netflix calls HD are just enough better than standard DVD that they are satisfying. They are not close to Blu-Ray but they are very watchable and the lower image quality is not a distraction except in some very dark scenes where the blacks can sometimes appear kind of chunky. So far I have watch only one movie where this is an issue. The Roku is really a bargain and it should not be compared with the pay-per-view model. Aside from the one time $99.00 for the Roku box, it is essentially a free service for the millions of people who already subscribe to Netflix. All of the other systems are designed as additional income streams from your wallet to the provider. The Roku rules because for once the consumer has an all you can eat source of entertainment, that is virtually free.
Posted Jun 3, 2011 7:11:55 PM
By david bennett