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In fact, Blu-ray movies also have their own set of region restrictions:
I don't know the specifics of the Drobo, but many Blu-ray players offer DLNA-streaming in addition to streaming content from online media services like Netflix. They many not offer all the compatibility of a more dedicated devices (like the Boxee Box), but they're still good for those that just need basic streaming.
I covered this question briefly recently:
But the general idea is that if you're interested in Blu-ray playback and are content with major streaming services (Netflix, etc.), a Blu-ray player can be a better value.
For all the online streaming content, is a small STB like the Roku a better way to get all that content, or a Blu-ray player with many of the same streaming sources, but most likely a very limited update path for new sources? Example: Hulu Plus just came to Roku boxes, but very few (if any) Blu-ray players have this yet. A buddy of mine wants to get a Blu-ray player just for online content. I Think the Roku product is much more comprehensive. Thoughts?
If you're looking for a product that is going to continue to receive updates, Roku and Apple TV are more likely to get additional services in the future. On the other hand, if you're happy with the services currently offered on a Blu-ray player, you're also getting Blu-ray playback, which is something that will never be offered on dedicated streaming boxes.
And I offered my hands-on experience here:
And it's also offered on the PS3. I expect it will be available on many more Blu-ray players next here. Here's a full list of currently supported devices:
You can get a solid Blu-ray player with Wi-Fi for well under $200 now, which is much less than a PS3. Standalone Blu-ray players are also significantly faster in terms of load times and provide an easier user experience for tech novices.
However, if you're a tech-enthusiast and will use all of its functionality, the PS3 offers an outstanding set of features for the price. It's one of the best home theater values out there.