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roku or wi-fi blue ray dvd player

by DowntownJB / December 14, 2010 7:35 AM PST

I am considering purchasing either a roku player or internet capable dvd player. Anyone know which has the better selection or viewing choices of services?

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Given Cnet's Roku HD review.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 7:46 AM PST

I'd find it hard to accept what I find in the internet capable dvd players.

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(NT) A blu ray player with Netflix
by givemeaname / December 14, 2010 8:37 AM PST
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 8:46 AM PST

I'm finding some complaints about those players from outright failures to setups folk complain are too hard to having to buy a wifi dongle that approaches the cost of the roku.

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I don't know about wi-fi, but...
by ahtoi / December 16, 2010 3:48 AM PST

here's my experience with hardwire connection. Just yesterday, my curiosity got the best of me, so I thought I would subscribe to a 1 month free trial to Netflix..and found out you can't use Linux (so my computer streaming is out).

So I try hooking up my Samsung BDP instead; everything went pretty well (almost automatic). From what I can see, the picture quality isn't bad at all and if one is a movie nut (my God! one has die and gone to heaven, hehe). But if you have kid, be sure to keep on guard as to what they watch. Just a little warning.

Even though I can't stream with my computer, I still need it once a while to communicate with Netflix to select movies for my movie list. Then the movie can be play from the list on the TV.

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Roku winds for simplicity and Netflix UI.
by minimalist / December 16, 2010 9:08 AM PST

Blu-ray wins for adding in blu-ray for not much more but probbaly doesn;t have the best UI for Netflix.

Roku will eventually give you access to Hulu Plus (if that matters to you) but the Blu-ray player will give you access to brand new HD content included in your Netflix subscription.

If blu -ray discs have no appeal to you and you prefer a more refined UI go with the Roku. Otherwise a 120 dollar blu-ray player with Netflix and Pandora, etc is hard to beat for the value.

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blu-ray solved
by tcpdirector / December 17, 2010 8:53 AM PST

Sony Google TV with a blu-ray player built in, full Internet, google app store, streaming media, netflix...yep, does it all $399. That's end-game.

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Not many others would recommend Google TV
by minimalist / December 17, 2010 10:02 AM PST
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Blu ray hands down
by rwscolari / December 17, 2010 9:56 PM PST

I use a Sony blu ray player with a hardwired interface to stream netflix, and hulu to my older flat panel TV through an HDML connection. The picture is excellent. The player up-dates its internal software a couple of times per month.
The setup was about as painless as it gets. You do need a computer to run the initial service set up.

My vote would be: get a blu ray player v. another one use box.

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What's the model of this Sony?
by ahtoi / December 18, 2010 12:27 AM PST
In reply to: Blu ray hands down

I have a Samsung but it doesn't seem to have some of the feature that your Sony have (I paid less than a $100 for this a few months ago). You mention Hulu; is this plain hulu or hulu-plus? Mine has you-tube (now what the hick is that, hehe), but I suppose some peoples love it.

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