Originally Posted by 80sGuy
While the Roku 3 performs excellent with Netflix streaming, I also didn't like how the screen shrinks (and recommendations of others) at the ending of each movie during 'end credits'. Some movies have surprise clips towards the the very ending and Roku just ruins the whole experience. Unfortunately there is NO way of getting around this.
That's what Netflix calls "the Post-play experience
; it's probably the same as the app on your TV Live Hub. It looks and works the same because it's 99% the same code. They download it dynamically when the app starts, which is why it takes so long on most platforms. The advantage for them is that they can make major changes in the look and function of the UI without requiring an OEM firmware update for the device, which happen infrequently and not at all a year or two after a given model has been on the market. The disadvantage is that most embedded platforms have minimal processors and run that "mini browser" stack slowly.
The UI on Roku 3 is this one
, which runs on a rendering/layout engine of Netflix's own design, pared down and optimized for their application (the old UI is mounted on a more generic platform called Webkit, which has code for lots of functionality which their app never uses). Most of my devices with Netflix player apps have that UI now: TiVo Roamio and Premiere, Roku 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Fire TV and this smart TV (my BDPs and TV Live still have that old UI). It runs smoothly on Roku 3 because it has a fairly fast processor. Netflix and Roku did a lot of special work to make it start instantly on Roku 3 and the Roku HDMI Streaming Stick (its start-up time on the stick, whose processor is much slower than Roku 3's, was initially horrible).
Will be returning this for a nice BD Player - which I think most can handle DLNA.
Good luck. I think that you'll find that most BDPs handle DLNA poorly. It's a rudimentary convenience function thrown in as a bullet point in the product feature list that their developers don't pour much effort into. You're not likely to find one device which does everything well. Some are good file players like WD TV and some are good streamers like Roku (the newest version of TV Live doesn't even feature a Netflix app, advertising "you don't need another Netflix player"
). Other than perhaps HTPCs, nothing does both things equally well.
BTW, some 2 years, 4 months after introducing Post-play, Netflix appears to be addressing customer complaints about Post-play interfering with credits viewing. On my Roku 3, Netflix now lets credits roll to the end before the Post-play dialog pops up; if you press STOP or UP while watching the credits, it pauses the credits and brings up the dialog then; if you did it by accident you can blow the credits back up full-screen and start them without missing anything. Apparently it doesn't work that way on all Roku 3s and HDMI Sticks yet; their architecture allows them to try out multiple versions on different instances of the same product model. (Some of my other devices never did the automatic shrinking thing at the start of the credits, working similar to what they're starting to do on Roku now).