Although I'm always curious about using the latest gadgets, frankly I'm a bit leary of installing a bunch of stuff that simply encourages us to spend a lot more time in front of our TV. But, I'm still curious...
Our family mainly either is watching Live TV (sports, America's Got Talent, etc.), premium channel series (Big C, Weeds, Dexter, etc.), or streaming movies. We have a PS3, XBox, and LG Blu-Ray player. I also have a large movie library primarily in MKV and MP4 format on the PC.
My main objective would be to see if one can successfully divorce themselves from cable TV service. This would seem hard to do when you consider live sports, like the Olympics?
My other objective would be to try to more seamlessly integrate all our primary sources. We mainly use Netflix Streaming, and Amazon VOD (although I like VUDU for it's better search interface but VUDU is not a requirement.) I've also found the LG player can recognize and browse the PS3MediaServer running on the PC but it can't stream my MKV's - nor is the wireless connection fast enough in the bedroom where it is to stream 1080P MKV files. The PS3/Xbox has ethernet connection in the family room.
I think I'm wondering mainly if forking out $100 for a Roku 2 XS is really going to give me any practical advantage over my current setup? We're not Hulu users (we don't want that much TV). Maybe just the $50 version in our bedroom so we can get Amazon VOD?
But then again, if I still have to pay $100+ a month for my cable TV and/or the PS3 will do most everything with the right app, what's the point, aside from tinkering just to tinker?
When I want to play music on our deck I just plug the AUX port on my receiver into my iPhone or the nearby laptop and load up iTunes. I suppose if the Roku had an iPhone app that made it work similar to AirPlay so I could stream and control tunes from my iPhone through the Roku, that might be worth getting one.
I have a hunch there's some benefits/features of the Roku (or some other device) that maybe I'm not aware of. But on the surface it seems like the PS3 really can do a lot of what these media servers can do.
In light of our usage pattern, any synopsis on why or why not I should want a Roku would be much appreciated.