My Roku Netflix Player showed up Thursday evening and I of course immediately set about installing it.
I ordered the cable package with it, as an HDMI, optical audio and component video cable, all for US$20, was a pretty good deal. Of course, I only really needed the HDMI cable, but having the optical audio cable can't hurt. It all came in one box, which took about a week to get here:
- The first time I ran it, there were four white dots to the left of the word "quality" while it buffered the content. I really had no idea if this was good or bad. But after watching about 5 minutes of The Story of the Weeping Camel with my daughter, it reloaded the buffer, this time showing two white dots, followed by two white circles. So I guess the white dots are good and white circles are not. Although in neither case did I notice much difference. But I may try running a (long) wire to the back of the box.
- Speaking of The Weeping Camel, it looks like the box remembers your position when you stop viewing, as we only watched about 45 minutes of it, yet it still says "Continue viewing"
- Video quality is just fine, and this on a 50in hi-def Sony tv. Nothing to write home about, but not bad enough to be distracting
- Audio quality has only been stereo, which is probably more disappointing than the video quality. The Player FAQ doesn't say anything about the audio quality, unfortunately, so I don't know if I just haven't seen anything in 5.1 or if it just isn't there.
- It's truly addicting to just watch bits and pieces of movies. I did watch all of The Good German, but after that, I dabbled in a few movies. I also watched two episodes of Bullshit, the Penn and Teller series, and had a great time.
- No power button, which is annoying.