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Old 01-09-12, 11:07 PM   #1
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Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

My computer is in one corner of the house, I have a TV in the opposite corner. I want to watch Netflix on the TV but I do not run to run a cable between the computer and the TV.

What are my wi-fi options? I have a Sony blu ray player (BDP-S185) that can handle Netflix, but it is not wi-fi.

I'd be open to buying a wi-fi compatible DVD or blu ray player that can handle Netflix. I know that a PS3 would do what I want, but I don't want a PS3 on that TV.

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Old 01-09-12, 11:12 PM   #2
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

Roku box or AppleTV box will do it. The Western Digitals might too, not sure, but worth checking out.
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Old 01-10-12, 12:17 AM   #3
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Roku box or AppleTV box will do it.
I'd recommend a Roku. That'll also give you Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Crackle, HBOGo, Epix, Crunchyroll, and other great streaming options. You can get a Roku LT for $50.

I'd only recommend the AppleTV ($100) if you have other Apple products or use iTunes a lot. I love the iPad integration. You can easily stream content from the iPad to your TV. With the AirStream app, you can stream any video from your computer to your iPad to your TV screen. And it all happens instantly through your wifi network with no wire hookups. It's pretty cool.

But the ATV doesn't have as many streaming options as the Roku. And the budget Roku is $50 cheaper. So in a standalone box vs box comparison, I'd go with the Roku.
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Old 01-10-12, 02:01 AM   #4
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

Thanks for the info, the Roku looks really nice.

Next question: Which model? Here is Roku's product lineup: http://www.roku.com/roku-products

The TV that it will be used on is a 32" LCD so the 720p of the $50 Roku LT is fine. Do you think that the enhanced remote (RF, plus motion sensors), the USB port and expandable memory slots are worth an extra $40? (the high end model, Angry Birds edition, is $90) Or I could just get the $50 Roku LT and wait to see what the third generation of Roku has, the third generation should be out this summer.

The AppleTV looks nice also but the Roku streaming options are really neat, worth more to me than watching the occasional TV show purchased through iTunes.

And I don't have cable or satellite, only antenna. The Roku will really open up the household's viewing options.
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Old 01-10-12, 02:46 AM   #5
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The TV that it will be used on is a 32" LCD so the 720p of the $50 Roku LT is fine. Do you think that the enhanced remote (RF, plus motion sensors), the USB port and expandable memory slots are worth an extra $40? (the high end model, Angry Birds edition, is $90) Or I could just get the $50 Roku LT and wait to see what the third generation of Roku has, the third generation should be out this summer.
We have both the Roku 2 XS and the Roku LT. Based on your needs, the LT should be perfect.

I don't think you'll need the high end model. The main benefits are 1080p video and an ethernet port. It sounds like you don't need those things. I haven't used the USB port, but I think it's fairly limited in what you can do with it. The memory card slot is only worthwhile if you're going to download a lot of games. But from what I've seen, the games aren't anything special. The higher-end RF remote is nice since with works from anywhere in the room. The cheaper remote requires line-of-sight. But unless you have the Roku box hidden in a cabinet or behind the TV, it shouldn't be a problem

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The AppleTV looks nice also but the Roku streaming options are really neat, worth more to me than watching the occasional TV show purchased through iTunes.
You can purchase TV shows and movies for the same price through Amazon Instant Video.

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And I don't have cable or satellite, only antenna. The Roku will really open up the household's viewing options.
Just to let you know, without cable/satellite you won't be able to get HBOGo and Epix. Those channels are only for current subscribers.

If you're going to hook it up with HDMI, remember to buy a cable. I don't remember it coming with one. You can get them for $3-$4 at Amazon.
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Old 01-10-12, 09:13 AM   #6
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

I know people are recommending a Roku, but why not just upgrade your blu-ray player? Will cost a little more, but then everything is integrated into one device, instead of having to mess with 2 devices.
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Old 01-10-12, 11:49 AM   #7
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I know people are recommending a Roku, but why not just upgrade your blu-ray player? Will cost a little more, but then everything is integrated into one device, instead of having to mess with 2 devices.
He might want the other channels you can watch.

Personally, I just went with multiple PS3s in our house since it has the absolute best Netflix interface, is a great BR player, and it can stream audio/video from my PCs with ease.

That's not to say I'm not happy with my Roku player, it's just a second class citizen in my house.
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Old 01-10-12, 12:42 PM   #8
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

Best: Xbox 360 or a PS3 if you need Bluray.
Better: AppleTV
Good: Roku LT
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Old 01-10-12, 01:04 PM   #9
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Better: AppleTV
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Strongly disagree. Roku is cheaper and has better streaming options.
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Old 01-10-12, 01:07 PM   #10
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He might want the other channels you can watch.

Personally, I just went with multiple PS3s in our house since it has the absolute best Netflix interface, is a great BR player, and it can stream audio/video from my PCs with ease.

That's not to say I'm not happy with my Roku player, it's just a second class citizen in my house.
He just said he wanted to watch Netflix. I'm just trying to simplify what he wants.
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Old 01-10-12, 02:50 PM   #11
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

I got the Sony BDP-S580 wifi BD player. But the TV also has Netflix built in but it's wired. I do most of my Netflxing on a Tivo which I'll admit has a horrible interface but its always on and waiting.
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Old 01-10-12, 03:06 PM   #12
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He just said he wanted to watch Netflix. I'm just trying to simplify what he wants.
Another simple solution would be to buy a wireless bridge. Then if he ends up with any other devices that require a wired connection, they can all be hooked up to a switch.
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Old 01-10-12, 07:27 PM   #13
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Another simple solution would be to buy a wireless bridge. Then if he ends up with any other devices that require a wired connection, they can all be hooked up to a switch.
ding we have a winner. Easiest and cheapest solution.
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Old 01-10-12, 08:00 PM   #14
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Best: Xbox 360 or a PS3 if you need Bluray.
Better: AppleTV
Good: Roku LT
I've got all four hooked up right now. I'd probably list them like this:

Roku
Xbox 360
AppleTV
PS3

Out of all of them, the Roku has the best streaming options. They're the only one with Amazon, Crunchyroll, Revision3, Twit.TV, etc. Xbox has gotten much better with it's recent additions. But it's nowhere close to the selection on the Roku. AppleTV is great for integrating with other Apple products. But outside of iTunes, Netflix and YouTube, there's not much else. And the PS3 has probably the most limited streaming choices.

Of course, that's just the streaming. If you're talking about games and Blu-ray, then the PS3 and 360 bring a lot more to the table. But they're about $200 more than the Roku, and the 360 requires an annual membership.
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I just went with multiple PS3s in our house since it has the absolute best Netflix interface.....
Check out the Instant Watch Browser for Netflix on the Roku. It's the best way I've seen to browse Netflix streaming titles. I really like the sections for what's expiring and what's coming soon. There's also a great page on each listing to find related titles by themes or cast.

It's available in the Channel Store for $2.99 and worth every penny. There's a free Lite version if you want to try it out.
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Old 01-10-12, 08:49 PM   #16
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You can get Porn on the Roku.
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Old 01-10-12, 09:24 PM   #17
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PS3 too since it has a browser. A shitty browser but it supports some versions of flash.
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Old 01-10-12, 09:26 PM   #18
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Check out the Instant Watch Browser for Netflix on the Roku. It's the best way I've seen to browse Netflix streaming titles. I really like the sections for what's expiring and what's coming soon. There's also a great page on each listing to find related titles by themes or cast.

It's available in the Channel Store for $2.99 and worth every penny. There's a free Lite version if you want to try it out.
Thanks for the info. I'll check it out.
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Old 01-10-12, 11:29 PM   #19
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

Thanks for all of the advice, I had never heard of the Roku before this thread. I ordered the Roku LT for $50 from Amazon, the thing that sealed the deal for me was all of the available channels though I will be getting Netflix too.

And I'll check out the Instant Watch browser for Netflix too of course, once I get everything set up.
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Thanks for all of the advice, I had never heard of the Roku before this thread. I ordered the Roku LT for $50 from Amazon, the thing that sealed the deal for me was all of the available channels though I will be getting Netflix too.
If you're not already an Amazon Prime member, consider signing up now that you have a Roku. I buy it for the free shipping. But the free Prime streaming is pretty nice too. Although the selection isn't as large as Netflix, it's gotten much better over the past couple months. There's a lot of good stuff to watch.

Also keep an eye on this thread in the store forum. I try to post any Amazon Instant Video news and deals:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/store-forum...s-updates.html
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Old 01-11-12, 01:20 AM   #21
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

Nice thread, I'll keep an eye on it.

And here's a good comparison of Amazon Prime vs. Netflix vs. Hulu Plus, with some Vudu discussion tossed in:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/2614...-plus-best.htm

Does the Roku support Vudu (Wal-Marts pay per view service)?
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Old 01-11-12, 01:46 AM   #22
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Does the Roku support Vudu (Wal-Marts pay per view service)?
No Vudu. Roku's main pay-per-movie service is Amazon Instant Video. They have the same movies/TV you'd get at other VOD services like Vudu, iTunes, CinemaNow, etc. Prices are generally the same everywhere.

$2 - SD TV Episodes (to own)
$3 - HD TV Episodes (to own)
$4 - SD Movies (24-48 hour rental)
$5 - HD Movies (24-48 hour rental)

Amazon has a $0.99 Daily Movie and $1.99/$2.99 Weekend Sale. And those are often New Release titles. Plus, if you've bought some Blus/DVDs in the past couple months, you might have Amazon Instant Video credit sitting in your account.
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Amazon Prime vs. Netflix vs. Hulu Plus
I forgot about Hulu Plus. Definitely check them out. It's easy to find a 2-week free trial code. They have hundreds of Criterion movies. And those are commercial free (unlike the TV shows).

http://www.hulu.com/criterion
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Re: Best way to get wi-fi to a TV for Netflix?

Does your computer have a wireless card? If so, move the modem/router to the tv room and make your PC wireless.
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Old 01-11-12, 09:14 PM   #25
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I have a Roku but I love my Sony Blu Ray BDP-BX58. It's a Swiss Army Knife of Wireless Media Playing and Streaming. Besides NetFlix and Hulu Plus it has Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Video Unlimited, You Tube, Crackle and many more. It also has Pandora, Slacker and NPR. It allows streaming from a Flash Drive and DLNA streaming of all your video and music from a Windows PC. Cost me $120 at Costco.
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