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    Smile Hooked up the Roku box this weekend...

    So far, I am impressed with the ease of hook-up and ease of putting movies in the que via the internet. Each movie takes about 1-2min. to transfer to the Roku box with our Bellsouth DSL "lite" connection (slowest DSL avail. from Bellsouth). Only concern in 720p movies didn't look right with the slow connection, so today we are being upgraded to the fastest "extreme" connection speed.
    I'm curious if this should do the trick for 720p resolution...

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    There have been quite a few of us on here who have picked up Roku boxes lately. I love mine. I could spend most of my time just watching the TV series offered, let alone the movies.

    Bumping up to the next level of DSL should help your buffering issues.
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    What kind of router and what type of connection do you have to it? I presume you selected HDTV as the display type in the Roku menu. I have the highest speed DSL through AT&T in Chicagoland and my Roku is connected via wireless. Router is a Linksys WRT54G. I never tested the speed but all programs load quickly. I get 720P, high quality (four dots) with no drop outs/pauses.
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    Cool...we have a wireless Linksys router also and the higher-speed DSL is being turned on today, so hopefully that will do the trick. I think in the long-run, the Roku box / Netflix combo will more than pay for the extra 10.00/mo. for the upgraded DSL speed...plus less the agrivation of walking into a Blockbuster.

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    How does the Roku box work exactly. I know they say that Netflix streaming through the Xbox360 only gets you Stereo sound, so does this support surround sound for downloads? Is there a subscription charge separate to Roku and then to Netflix? How much do these units cost? Can you download movies and watch them later?
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    Currently via Netflix you only get stereo sound, however they have mentioned a change to multi-channel in the future. You can get multi-channel via Amazon online. I run the optical out from the Roku box to my AVR, and use DPLX II to convert it to multi-channel and it works great.

    You pay to buy the Roku box, and then pay for the Netflix service level of your choice separately, and you can pay for movies from Amazon, and they have a new Major League Baseball service you can subscribe to. With Netflix you go online and drop things into your instant queue, then they will be there to chose from when you turn on your TV and the box connects.

    I have shut down all cable and local TV and just have the Roku box and associated services, and I could not be happier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkg999 View Post
    Currently via Netflix you only get stereo sound, however they have mentioned a change to multi-channel in the future. You can get multi-channel via Amazon online. I run the optical out from the Roku box to my AVR, and use DPLX II to convert it to multi-channel and it works great.

    You pay to buy the Roku box, and then pay for the Netflix service level of your choice separately, and you can pay for movies from Amazon, and they have a new Major League Baseball service you can subscribe to. With Netflix you go online and drop things into your instant queue, then they will be there to chose from when you turn on your TV and the box connects.

    I have shut down all cable and local TV and just have the Roku box and associated services, and I could not be happier.
    Wow, that's a huge money saver. I still cannot live with some channels though like Travel, FoodTV, and History.
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