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Old May 20th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Netflix TV Box, $99, Unlimited Downloads

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...WqGGwD90P4S380


Netflix may have cracked the code with this one.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #2
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$99 seems like the ultimate "what-the-heck" price for a device like this.

Saul Hansell over at the New York Times is calling this the first shot in the revolution: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/0...ref=technology

According to the FAQ page Roku recommends at least a 4 Mbps connection speed to get the full quality. Full quality is stereo SD DVD. This going to be the problem for most Netflix subscribers because the American average download speed is around 2 Mbps. (http://www.cwa-union.org/news/page.jsp?itemID=28663094)

If this catches on the ISPs are going to love it...
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Old May 21st, 2008, 12:49 PM   #3
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Just ordered one. Thank goodness I have Comcast 16 Mbps high-speed service already for when HD content becomes available...
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Old May 21st, 2008, 01:00 PM   #4
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If it had a HD in it and could cache the media locally then I would be on it. WAY out in the country where I live I'm lucky to have DSL at all and its only 2mb on a good day.

Close but not quite good enough for us with the slower high speed connections...
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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:56 PM   #5
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I work for Comcast (dont kill me) I actually work or CN8 not the cable end. If I had a working crystal ball I would say that in the next year or so your Cable converter box (if you have Comcast) will have a built in cable modem and technology like this. So most of you content will be distributed via th internet. The start was Comcast launching its new "Blast" which will carry 160 mps when it gets all the way up to speed. With that you can download a HD movie in 10 minutes.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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Current TV reported that only 10% of Netflix's titles are available to the box----not a lot of the "latest and greatest" movies.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #7
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Netflix is terrific

I have been downloading tv shows and movies from Netflix as part of my $17.99-- 3 at a time dvd mailers. Such a deal...My wife and I watch on an old lap top in the living room while we are waiting for our next DVD mailer to arrive...Plenty of programing...foreign movies, classics, etc. Get bored with one movie jump to another until you are satisfied with the one you both like..at NO EXTRA CHARGE!!! and NO ADs!!!! TV heaven.

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Old May 25th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #8
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I have been doing the same as Ralph, connecting my laptop to a 42-inch 1080p display and watching instantly. This set-top box will eliminate the need for that hassle. Sure, the latest releases may not be on the "instant watching" list, but they do offer plenty of great stuff.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #9
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Got the box Saturday. Had it hooked up in less than five minutes. I'm using the wireless connection to my network. The picture is not as crisp as dvd, let alone HD. There is some artifacting, which I was expecting. But now my whole family can watch the show together, instead of trying to cram ourselves around my wife's laptop.

As far as titles, I watch a lot of older BBC shows, documentaries and strange b-films from the 60s, 70s and 80s, so this is perfect for me. Plus, I introduced my daughter to the Addams Family and the A-Team without having to shell out $40 for the dvds, or shell out money for cable or a dish.

I like it. I'd like it more with a software update for surround sound and at least 720p HD, but I'm patient.
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Old June 17th, 2008, 03:46 PM   #10
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The ISP's are already saying that they will detect activity from using this box and they do
plan on charging extra for the folks that use it. They are getting ready to offer packages that will limit the amount of data that you can download....

I didn't think they were going to let Netflix get all the action without making some $$$ too.
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Old June 18th, 2008, 04:20 AM   #11
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I like this service, too. Last month, the audio was all mono. Now, I'm noticing stereo on the same titles as I'm cycling through Miami Vice repeats. Some movies are atrociously horribly (Viking Saga) in video quality, but most are decent when watched on a small computer screen. I used to hookup my laptop with a DVI->HDMI converter cable, but the scaling to my Sony Bravia 52" 1080p looked horrible. I wish NetFlix would provide a player that would do better scaling on the PC. On the PC, most titles are too dark, so a brightness control would be useful.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #12
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I think I'll pass. I don't need another box to hook up to my tv with another remote. You can already connect it via your computer, and hopefully PS3 or the 360 will pick it up as well.
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Old June 29th, 2008, 08:49 PM   #13
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I think I'll pass. I don't need another box to hook up to my tv with another remote. You can already connect it via your computer, and hopefully PS3 or the 360 will pick it up as well.
The PS3 has a good chance of getting it and itís a guarantee that the 360 will get it so I agree that if you have or planning on getting at least one of those systems, then getting this box is a waste of money.
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E3 is next month by the way so youíll be able to get an update on this issue.

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