Roku NetFlix Box Debuts, Jaws Drop

Posted by James Segars on May 20, 2008 
Filed Under: Downloads, Format War, HDMI, Netflix

While it was only a matter of time before a Netflix set-top-box was revealed, few would have expected it today. The box from Roku is capable of pulling, from your Netflix queue, any “watch now” titles/shows and thereby streaming via the Roku unit. The box itself is HDD-less, and simply buffers the stream from Netflix. In a move that’s likely to placate just about any user of the Roku device, they’ve gone ahead and included just about every modern video ouput (including component and HDMI), along with wireless and wired internet connectivity options to boot.

Additionally, there is no service fee for using the Roku box, aside from the minimum option on Netflix that includes unlimited “watch now” capabilities, and the box itself will only set you back a measly $99 bucks, which certainly beats the pants of Apple’s set-top solution, Apple TV.

Critics will be quick to point out that Netflix doesn’t offer HD “watch now” titles/shows, but this too is rumored to change, perhaps even sooner than we think. Add to that the fact that Roku’s box includes HDMI/Component output, and is said to be upgradeable to accommodate HD streaming, consumers might just have the best/cheapest HD streaming option to date.

Roku wasn’t the first to draw digital-distribution-blood but if the reviews for the device are any indication, they’ve managed to really knock this one out of the park. With that said, we’re willing to bet Netflix users across the board will likely be adding this little guy to their birthday/holiday wishlists this year, especially once the HD Netflix support goes live.

Via, EngadgetHD

Roku’s product page, here

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4 Responses to “Roku NetFlix Box Debuts, Jaws Drop”

  1. Cozmo on May 20th, 2008 11:17 pm

    That’s cool and all, but wake me up when they add support to it in my tivo or xbox 360. I don’t need yet another box connected to my tv.

  2. Dave Cowl on May 21st, 2008 10:54 am

    Word is that there will be Blu-ray and DVD players with support for this in the future.

    That is an interesting idea.

    The downside is apparently the list available for streaming sucks…

  3. Mehar on May 22nd, 2008 5:48 am

    Cozmo: Their are a ton of media center plugin’s that relate to Netflix. If you install those they will work on your Xbox 360 via Media Center.

  4. webdev511 on May 22nd, 2008 8:27 am

    Wake me up when they add HD content and my internet connection is big enough to make it worth while.

    Given those conditions, I think I’d rather do a TivoHD and let Unbox content trickle down rather than rely on the stream.

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