I am not afraid to tell you that I learned about the semi-new Roku Netflix Player from reading unplggd. Unlike some of the Version 1.0 bloggers, my technosavvy is only medium-grade, and so it’s fine for me to learn about a gadget like this from another blog, unlike the super computer genius I was talking to this weekend, who has had an “old version Roku” (what does that even mean) for a while now.
Anyway, maybe you’re like me and haven’t heard about this yet . . . but this Roku thing allows you to have Netflix without the annoying envelopes. We plugged this puppy into our tv, it connected itself to our wireless router, and now we are able to watch movies from our Netflix queue instantaneously, rather than waiting around for DVDs to be delivered by our excessively dour mailman. This was a Father’s Day 2008 gifting triumph for me, since Mr. Right-Click knew nothing about this technology before he opened up his present “from Mini” this year.
There are a few limitations: 1) not all movies are (yet) available from Netflix instantaneously, so you may have a few of your favorites that you still need to get from the mailman (for now–I assume this has to do with the movie companies and copyright issues); 2) you are limited by your connection speed, so you don’t always get perfect quality, but the good news is that even two-star quality is good; and 3) if you try to use wireless internet while watching a movie, your browsing will be slower. This last issue is probably a product of our old wireless router that we should replace, so YMMV.
At $100, it is totally worth these small complications, and I am guessing that Netflix and Roku will work out these bugs in the near future.