Originally Posted by dwarner
I use my Tivo series 3 for Netflix, but it has a couple issues, and I'd like to know if the Roku would be a worthy replacement before buying one and setting up an account.
For multi-episode shows:
1. If you stop in mid-series, and come back later, does Roku make it clear what episode is the next unwatched one? If so, does it automatically jump to that one, or do you have to page through them all to find it?
(On Tivo, you have to remember the episode number/name, or write it down)
2. When done playing an episode, how many keystrokes does it take to play the next one (Two on the Tivo)
3. In lists of instant viewing shows does it show a graph indicating the amount viewed already? (Tivo: you need to check the details on each one to see what's been partially viewed)
4. Can you find and queue up new shows via the Roku interface, or do you have to go to the web, and log into Netflix to find new shows (Tivo)
I have a TiVo Premiere and was in the same boat. The TiVo's Netflix interface is adequate, but I was having re-buffering problems with HD material like recent Torchwood and Doctor Who episodes. And with the later, I was forgetting which of the multiple seasons' of episodes I had watched.
The Roku's Netflix interface is much better than TiVo's. The adaptive streaming of the Roku solves the re-buffering issues and looks better than TiVo, as long as you don't mind the first 10 seconds or so being low-rez. And the Roku's Netflix interface is very similar to Netflix.com's Watch Instantly webpage setup.
#1: I enter Doctor Who and the first option is "Play Episode #64" (episode 10 of season 5), which is the one following the last one I watched. If I scroll down and choose "pick another episode" instead, it goes deeper and shows the series' episodes and how much of each episode has been played.
#2: Not sure, but I think as soon as one episode plays, the next one is at the series' screen. IIRC, after I watch episode 64, I will be at a screen that says "Play Episode #65" and I just have to click the OK button.
#3: See answer #1.
#4: The Roku's Netflix interface has the option to search for movies/shows, and I believe
while searching it has an "add to Instant Queue" option. I'll have to check tonight to confirm this if someone else hasn't confirmed or corrected. EDIT: Confirmed.
It also includes "Recommended for dwarner" based on your viewing habits.
I'm fairly new to Roku, so I may have a few of the details above wrong, but that's the best I can remember. As you can tell, I'm very pleased with going from TiVo to Roku for my Netflix viewing.