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An adapter that transfers television shows and movies to the TV through the internet.

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Great Buy for NetFlix Users

  • Aug 26, 2010
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I purchased this for an older relative that has an out-of-date television and refuses to buy a new one. She has a blu ray player that is not internet/network supported, but has a WiFi network. She is always complaining there is nothing on to watch on TV so I decided to purchase the Roku HD Player. Installation was a breeze - it was up and running in no time. The remote control is simple to use since it only has a limited number of buttons. We activated the Roku in the NetFlix account and she was surfing for movies with a smile on her face. I connected it around 7pm and she was up till 2am watching movies. :-)

However, the player does have some flaws. She has Broadband through her telephone provider which is 6 mbps. For watching Netflix movies the down-streaming and quality of the picture is great, but there are some channels such as YouTube and Flixster that are not easy to navigate and have less than desirable picture quality. There also it no on/off switch, so the unit is always left on.

There are money channels that have fees but there are just as many free ones out there. Do some searching on the web and you will be able to find some channel codes that won't cost you anything.

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September 27, 2010
Aw, cute what you did for your relative :) And this sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.
 
September 27, 2010
Great review! I've really been impressed by Roku's products, particularly with their attractive pricing. It will be interesting to see how these types of devices evolve as Google and Apple enter into the market.
 
August 26, 2010
wow! This looks so useful to movie lovers! That is a bit of a bummer that there is no on/off switch which kinda like the adaptor I got from the cable company in the bedroom. Nice review!
 
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The Roku digital video player (also known as the Netflix Player by Roku) instantly streams high quality movies from Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand from the Internet -- directly to your TV. The affordable Roku player is compact, easy to set up and intuitive to use.

  • roku box in handThe Roku comes with everything you need to start watching within minutes of opening the box - the standard yellow, white and red cables, both Wi-Fi and Ethernet are built in, wireless remote and batteries. Start watching instantly anywhere you have a TV and a high-speed Internet connection.
  • More than 50,000 titles are currently available from Amazon Video On Demand and Netflix, with many available in HD. 
  • The Wall Street Journal, CNET, WIRED, and other publications have given the Roku player overwhelmingly positive reviews.
  • For even better audio and video using the Roku player with your HDTV, home theater or A/V receiver, look for the Roku digital video player plus premium cable pack.

As Easy As 1 - 2 - 3 Roku plug detail 1. Wired or Wireless, The Choice is Yours
You can connect the Roku player to the Internet using most broadband providers (such as a cable modem or DSL connection.) You need at least 1.2 Mbps to watch movies instantly on the Roku digital video player with decent quality. The faster your connection, the better the quality (although this rule-of-thumb peaks out at about 5mbps). Use the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities to connect to your wireless network, or use the Ethernet port for a wired...
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