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Old 09-09-2010, 08:48 AM
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How does this rock w/ my Netflix account?

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The Roku HD-XR is $99 brand new with free shipping at Amazon. Woot is getting $69.99 + $5 S/H for their refurbished HD-XR. BTW, the brand new Roku HD is $69.99 with free shipping. The main thing is the cheaper does not have 80.11N, just 802.11B/G.

TJ, the Roku can stream Netflix movies from the Internet so that you don't have to get the physical DVD. The quality is lower unless you have a major Internet pipe to your house. Our 7Mbps DSL only allows watchable movies and we have a plain old 17 year old tube TV. I'd imagine they'd look pretty bad on a HDTV unless you have very high speed (20Mbps) Internet. But when you're drunk at 11PM and want to watch Blazing Saddles for the 53rd time, it's pretty cool.
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You can put a bunch of movies in your instant queue and watch them anytime you want. We have about 30 kids movies and shows in our instant queue plus another 25 movies for us. We've been accessing the instant queue through our Wii, which works well but is not HD. Regardless, we think the movies look just fine (we have 12 Mbps DSL).

It's hard to visualize how much you'll use this, but once you start, you'll be amazed. The DVD service is now the secondary benefit to the streaming. We cut back our service from 3 DVDs to 2 DVDs, and mostly they just sit there collecting dust.
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The main thing is the cheaper does not have 80.11N, just 802.11B/G.
The cheaper one also doesn't have the USB port. I could actually see hooking up a HD to the Roku, so this is a good feature.
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Netflix says that standard def streaming is encoded at 2.2Mbps for regular highest quality. Some of their SD movies are 3.4Mbps, but seemingly not many. Their regular HD content is encoded at 720p and maximum quality is 5.5Mbps. Their algorithm tests the connection and picks the speed based on sustained + 40% to determine the number of bars. Thus generally to get 4 bars on HD you'd need a 7.7Mbps connection and for SD you need 3.1Mbps. We have a 7Mbps DSL and get 4 bars on SD and it's definitely blocky compared to the SD DVD.

FYI, a typical SD DVD movie with 256K audio ends up around 6.45Mbps.
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The cheaper one also doesn't have the USB port. I could actually see hooking up a HD to the Roku, so this is a good feature.
Have they enabled the USB port? I understood that it was there and it didn't do anything, 'Reserved for Future Use' or something.

BTW, if you buy the new one through Amazon you seem to also get $10 credit with their VOD service.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-20015145-58.html
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Have they enabled the USB port? I understood that it was there and it didn't do anything, 'Reserved for Future Use' or something.

BTW, if you buy the new one through Amazon you seem to also get $10 credit with their VOD service.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-20015145-58.html
Dunno about the USB port for sure. In the comments on Woot, a guy says you can use it if you set it up as a "channel."

The $10 VOD credit almost makes me wish I had bought the new one. I still would have purchased the XR model for the wireless N connectivity. Made a huge difference at my house when we got the N router -- our wireless LAN no longer sucks.
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For HD doing a 802.11N MIMO WiFi will make a pretty major difference, so getting the HD-XR does make sense for that alone. Also a lot less drops when you nuke your popcorn.
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6000 of them buggers - I wonder what their repair rate is like

Hopefully these last...I bought 2 - One for the family room and one for the bedroom. Now I guess I'll be giving the Netflix thing a try finally. Looks I should also plan on upgrading my Linksys router to a newer N version?
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