Pardon me for being so long winded, but I want you to understand my circumstances.
I live in a very small town and the local Blockbuster (5 miles away) closed down recently, consequently, to rent anything other than the latest blockbuster movies I have to drive roughly 25 miles. With the price of Gas, that makes renting a movie financially unpleasant.
Also, my small town does not have cable, though Cable over the phone lines is available, but I don't think I can justify the on-going cost of cable. I get maybe a dozen TV stations over the air, and that is enough to satisfy me, at least until I win the lottery.
I have a US$4000 Stereo AV system which I am happy with, and I do love movies. I considered joining NETFIX, but I have no NETFLIX enabled devices. I have a new Universal DVD player ($280) that I use strictly for CD's. I have a new Universal BluRay ($480) that I use for movies. I have a new VIZIO 42" TV. None of these device are Netflix enabled, and it seem pointless to buy a cheap BluRay player just to get the Netflix access.
So, I'm looking at a Set Top Box like Roku or Logitech Revue (and others) to connect to Netflix. But I'm not sure which is the best to buy, nor are the websites very clear about the available content, which content is free and which is paid, etc....
On a side note, I find the endless hollow happy-talk ad-speak of these website infuriating. They do a lot of talking, but do their best to not convey any useful information in the process.
The Roku seems fine, and they were originally Netflix own set-top box. Plus, the Roku box seems to allow access to a certain amount of other free content. Though again, which is free and which is not is unclear.
The Logitech Revue has a full keyboard, which is nice, using the Chrome browser it allows full access to the Internet including YouTube which is a plus. But again, exactly what you get is not that clear, nor which is paid and which is not.
Plus, hints are that the Logitech Revue's days are numbered. It seems as if Logitech is going to stop making them. That doesn't bode well for long term support.
Essentially, the Logitech Revue is Google-TV, but even the Google-TV website is very vague about what you are getting.
For the most part, I want access to Netflixs for movies, but if other free contents is there, and one has an advantage over the other, then that would be appealing. But it is difficult to determine, which has any advantage when the website are so long on talk, but so short on actual information.
If anyone has any comments about the advantages and disadvantages of these devices (or other devices), or about the available content, ease of use, likelihood of being around in a year, video quality, or any other relevant information, it would be greatly appreciated.
I like the full keyboard of the Logitech, and the full Internet access, though I'm not sure how much I would use them. But, I'm not sure if the Logitech devices or even Google-TV have any longevity. I don't want to be stuck with a £100 boat anchor a year from now.
Sorry for rambling on but any advice on Internet Video Streaming Devices in general would be appreciated.