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Old 06-20-2011, 02:39 PM   #21
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Netflix streaming is a good option for impulse viewing (like channel surfing). You can form a queue of titles and choose among them or search for titles by name or category. The list of available titles is long but you will not find many new releases. Netflix is still negotiating with some studios because titles become available and then suddenly disappear.

The growth in bandwidth being consumed leads me to believe we will be seeing higher usage charges for internet services in the next couple of years. They have already been announced for U-Verse and I would imagine Comcast will follow suit once they assess AT&T's success.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #22
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We stream thru Wii and really like it, especially for old TV series. We get the newer movies thru the mail. For the price its great.
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I use Netflix streaming but my main complaint is that many, many titles are not available. Grandkids came to stay overnight a while back and I had them make a list of movies that they would be interested in seeing. I think maybe 2 out of 10 were available via streaming. My understanding is that the limitation is because they haven't negotiated licenses with the content owners.
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We use Netflix streaming (we also can get DVDs by mail which we sometimes do). Between that and Hulu, we cancelled our cable TV. Hulu usually has current TV shows (last 5 episodes usually) and Netflix has a lot of older stuff. (meaning the shows the year before). We use it a lot to watch TV series that we either haven't seen in years (my son just streamed all of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) or seasons that we never watched before (Heroes, Glee).

FWIW, Netflix streaming uses a huge part of all bandwidth in the US in the evenings. Netflix projects that in a few years the majority of its business will be streaming. The more streaming that people do, the fewer disks Netflix mails out which reduces it shipping cost and cost to acquire DVDs. That frees up money for Netflix to buy more content rights so it can ship more.

We stream on various devices - computer, ipad, Wii, Playstation.
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I agree sometimes the Netflix CDs come damaged, but I still enjoy getting them in the letter box... My Roku, on the other hand, has never worked.

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Old 06-23-2011, 08:04 PM   #26
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Why not just buy a BD player that has streaming built in? They are about the same price as a streaming player, but you get blu-ray for free :-) I've seen them below $100 at Walmart. I'm using a Sony bdp-s370, it was $130 a while ago.

As for Netflix, I'm using the "1 DVD out at-a-time" with Blu-Ray for $11.99 a month. If the movie isn't available for streaming, I get the dvd or BD. If I return it on Thursday I have the next dvd in house by Saturday. They ship amazingly fast.
Streaming quality has been quite good for me. On occasion it pauses, but luckily not that often. I'm quite happy with it.

PS. The Netflix BD that I have at home now is "Inside Job". Great documentary!
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I agree sometimes the Netflix CDs come damaged, but I still enjoy getting them in the letter box... My Roku, on the other hand, has never worked.
I suppose it varies, but DW has a steady stream of DVDs thru Netflix, and we rarely have one damaged - maybe 2 over the past two years? They will send a replacement before receiving the disk back. And I recall this was a concern for me, as probably 75% of the DVDs we got from the library would skip - really frustrating when you invest 45 minutes in a movie, and then can't finish it. Hasn't been a problem for us with Netflix.

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I don't know why that would be. We have two, they both work great after a short set up. Plus the Wii, which streams Netflix after requesting their disk (might be an online upgrade now).


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Why not just buy a BD player that has streaming built in?
That's an option. However, from what I've read, the 'instant replay' feature on the Roku was much better than any alternatives, and that is important to me (if I miss what someone said, I want to repeat and hear it, without a 'buffering' delay).

Also, if you don't really need DVD capability, the Roku is a smaller box. That's nice in the kitchen, DW wouldn't want a DVD player sitting there, but the Roku is very small - tucks right under the TV and you don't even see it.

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My Roku, on the other hand, has never worked.
Have you done any troubleshooting? Perhaps someone here can help.
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I bought the box, plugged it in, followed the instructions. A message on my TV screen says "Please enter your security code" or something similar. I gave up - sorry I am not an IT person. Will call the cable people when time permits.... Thank you for your offer to help, MichaelB.
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I bought the box, plugged it in, followed the instructions. A message on my TV screen says "Please enter your security code" or something similar. I gave up - sorry I am not an IT person. Will call the cable people when time permits.... Thank you for your offer to help, MichaelB.
I'd google the exact message it gave you.. I bet it's an easy fix. I doubt your cable company will help you, afaik that's a third party device they won't support.
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easy to set up

We have netflix streaming to two tv's in our home. Both of them to Blu Ray DVD players. One netflix account will let you set up at 5 locations.

Between netflix and Comcast On-demand movies, my kids are usually satisfied. Otherwise, they go to the movie rental place, the old fashinoned way.
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I bought the box, plugged it in, followed the instructions. A message on my TV screen says "Please enter your security code" or something similar. I gave up - sorry I am not an IT person. Will call the cable people when time permits.... Thank you for your offer to help, MichaelB.
IIRC, yes, when you start it the first time it needs to authorize an account. It's really very easy, (again, going by memory...) - you go to the Roku website and enter the code. I think that was it.

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After the restart, you will be asked to select your time zone.
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Open a browser session on a computer.

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We dropped all our premium Dish channels a couple of years ago and went with Netflix. We were due to upgrade our DVD player so went with a wireless streaming Blueray model. It works quite well for Netflix and Utube and will also connect to the house network to stream pictures to the TV (HD).

Like the others have said...the streaming selection is a bit thin if you watch a lot of movies which we don't. We got the Bluray disk subscription and so we get the Blueray version of the DVDs when they are available. One thing we have found is that the Blueray disks are far less forgiving of scratches etc. and we have had maybe 5 movies in the past 8 months or so that would not play properly. Netflix replaced the disks and sometimes the new one ran OK and sometimes it did not. We always make sure the DVD player software is up to date as this can lead to read errors on some disks too.
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Thank you, ERD50. I will try this today.
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IIRC, yes, when you start it the first time it needs to authorize an account. It's really very easy, (again, going by memory...) - you go to the Roku website and enter the code. I think that was it.
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To activate the Roku you may need two codes. The first is the password to the wireless router. That's the same password yuor computer needs to access the wifi. Once that has been entered, the roku links with the router, goes online, and then gives you an authorization code for netflix. You log into your netflix account. Click "your account;', then "Activate a netflix ready device'. Enter the code from your roku, and hopefully, it accepts and you're up and running.
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