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    So, I picked one of these up from work yesterday for the master bedroom so the wife and I could stream Netflix to our new Samsung 32" LED bedroom tv. So far I'm really enjoying this little streaming box. Setup from opening the box to up and running was just under 5 minutes. Only problem I had was getting the Roku to link up to the website to do the update but once that was done was streaming movies in no time. Haven't had a lot of time to really sit down with the unit and fully explore its potential but I will do that tonight. Anyone looking at this unit should really give it a try. Wife wants me to pick up another one for the living room television now.
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    I got one a couple weeks ago. I like it.
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    I've had one for about a year................love it and the streaming concept.

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    I've looked at the XD, but it doesn't appear that you can stream local sources. That's a deal breaker for me as I have everything on our home media server. At this point it looks like the WD Live will fill the need for me.

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    Are you using it wifi or wired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erniejade View Post
    Are you using it wifi or wired?
    Wireless
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    Can anyone explain what does Roku and othe similar type of devices do that the blue-ray network services don't do.
    for example: my panasonic has a wireless/wire internet connection, there I can access netflix, pandora and a bunch of other services. is this the same as I would get with a device like roku?
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    Quote Originally Posted by olilugo View Post
    Can anyone explain what does Roku and othe similar type of devices do that the blue-ray network services don't do.
    for example: my panasonic has a wireless/wire internet connection, there I can access netflix, pandora and a bunch of other services. is this the same as I would get with a device like roku?
    Roku is a stand alone box that does the same thing and in some cases more. I just bought a new DVDp last year, it didn't have streaming capability. Rather than buy a more expensive DVDp I didn't need, I simply bought the ROKU.

    Yes, there are lots of devices that include the capablility to stream various services, ROKU is just one of them. In the beginning they were about the only one's doing it, now there are all sorts of home theater devices that do it.

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    I've been thinking about getting ROKU XD but if I remember correctly, the quality of the image and the sound don't compare to what you get on a blueray disk. Correct?

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    Of course its not as good as bluray quality, not a fair comparison.
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    The one thing I liked most about the Roku over purchasing a new BD player with the option is a majority of the BD players I looked at only give you the options to go online and add the movies to your queue. With the Roku, I have full control to everything Netflix has to offer like search, browse, etc. Like I said, I'm sure there are BD players out there with this option but beings this is just a bedroom setup, don't even have a DVD player in the room. As far as the picture quality, having the Roku set to 1080P on a 32" LED, look pretty darn good to me. Sound quality, only using the TV speakers so I can't comment on that. The wife and I just wanted a simple setup in the bedroom so we could watch the occasional movie and or a series that comes on some of the premium channels that we don't get.
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    ive had my ROKU for almost a year - love it

    Pandora is a welcome additon !

    OK it's not top notch BD quality but for music and bedroom movie/ tv streaming it great

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    Love my two Roku boxes. There are add-on services (such as for youtube) that you can add, and more are constantly being developed, you just have to keep reading the Roku forums. You can also now get the Roku remote app for android and that other OS, which when used on my tablet pc lets me control the Roku box and search Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu+ from the comfort of my big leather chair!
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