For the price, you can also consider a Western Digital WDTV or for 10 bucks more, an Apple TV.
Also posted in the home theater forum.
I am in the market for a smart thingy to stream netflix. I have looked at many options such as:
I would like to keep the price below $90. The less expensive the better
I would also be open to a smart blue-ray player that is in budget.
This is going to be used in my apartment here at school in my bedroom. (we use the ps3 in the family room for netflix when the 4 of us want to watch something together.
The TV I use is a 26" LED Vizio that is only 720p.
Post up some experiences or products that you know are quality for money. Thanks in advance!
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At home I have the following devices that stream netflix (not including computers, iphones/ipad):
Samsung TV (SmartTV)
Samsung Blu-Ray Player (SmartTV)
To be honest, the two Samsung products do the best job with the WDTV Live being a close second.
My parents have an older Roku box which probably does the best job out of any of the devices.
apple tv and haxxors it? i've been strongly considering this. and rumors are there's a new appletv (not THE appletv) being announced about the same time as the new ipad..so you'll probably be able to get the current gens for cheaper soon. or refurb for $85..http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC572LL/A
do you have an old laptop/other computer? could setup your own little htpc thing..
and apple's refurbs are damn near as good as new
Roku does Netflix the best because original that's what the device was intended for.
Apple TV is 2nd, specialized Netflix app that's actually pretty slick.
Netflix on other streamers like WDTV Live are not bad but very slow because they have very weak and slow hardware.
If I have to choose, AppleTV jailbroken. Takes 3 mins to jailbreak and plays everything, uses the same processor as the iPhone4.
The Roku 2 is for grandparents, it's easy to use and very limited in features. The hardware is not very powerful.
Most people don't realize that their Android or iPhone can be hooked up to the TV and you can watch netflix app on your TV. Only thing you need is the proper HDMI adapter. $10-30
The Apple TV is obviously the most powerful box and it's unfortunate that some people don't like the brand and I could care less as long as it offers what I want.
It comes down to preferences, do you want something very simple with limited functionality or something more powerful and more features.
BTW, I did sell my AppleTV recently for a good profit because Apple stopped selling them. I imagine a more powerful version is coming out next week.
ROKU 2 has a different chipset.
I hear when loading a video roku 2 will start immediate grainy then as it gains information from your connection it will raises the resolution. So no more retrieving screen, personally i love my 1st gen ROKU XDS the redesigned one with the same chipset as the origianl roku.
Your original has a power button?