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Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

Would I see a difference in video quality between the Roku player or any of the Netflix-ready Blu-ray players with the same variables for both?
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

Found one opinion:

"Since I still have the ROKU Netflix player here, I decided to compare the quality of its stream with the BD-P2500. I think that the Samsung's looked better, which is not surprising because of the HQV processor. Also, the ROKU only output a 720p signal and not a 1080p like the Samsung."

http://www.hdtvsolutions.com/Samsung...yer_Review.htm
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

Even better: A review of all the different ways to stream Netflix:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/19/d...ming-shootout/
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

I don't have an HDTV, but I do love my Roku. I think even if I had a Blu-ray player that played Netflix streams, I'd still buy a Roku too. I like that as of right now I have both Netflix and Amazon. And they're adding 10 more content providers this year (2 of them I believe are going to be Mediafly (a podcast aggregator) and blip.tv (user videos). In addition YouTube seems very likely.
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

I recently go the Samsung BD-3600 model which offers Netflix streaming and am impressed with both the picture quality (DVD-quality) and the streaming speed (about 30 seconds to buffer a movie, and I've never encountered a freeze/pause for buffering during playback). My only complaint is with the number of films Netflix currently offers instantly, but I can assume that number will only grow with time. Chose the Sammy because I know they have a deal with Blockbuster in the works for downloading movies as well (although I think that one is a PPV option as opposed to Netflix's per month charge).
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

I ended up buying an LG BD390. Love the YouTube feature.
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

When I was making this same decision back in Jan 2009, I opted to get the Roku player because it has Wi-Fi built-in. Other devices, like the Xbox 360, that could do the NetFlix streaming could do Wi-Fi but only with an additional add-on box purchased separately. When the Wi-Fi add-on costs at least $75, I figured that it was just better for me to go ahead and spend $99 instead and get the Roku.
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Re: Roku vs. Blu-ray player?

Originally Posted by dhmac View Post
When I was making this same decision back in Jan 2009, I opted to get the Roku player because it has Wi-Fi built-in. Other devices, like the Xbox 360, that could do the NetFlix streaming could do Wi-Fi but only with an additional add-on box purchased separately. When the Wi-Fi add-on costs at least $75, I figured that it was just better for me to go ahead and spend $99 instead and get the Roku.
That's a sound decision. I really like how the LG player I purchased also has YouTube and computer file access. $330 player that comes with internal wireless capability.

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