Originally Posted by Vanr
Looking into a Roku Player to reduce the dependance on OTA tv.
Santa Brought me the basic ($79) Roku player, I connected it to my last set of composite video / audio inputs on a Panasonic 32 CRT Standard Def TV, powered it up and watched it Auto Update the firmware, then entered my WEP wireless key and was browsing Amazon video on demand with in 10 munities of powering up the Roku player.
I have to say, for $79 and a low speed (Quest 1.5Meg) DSL connection I am very impressed, this is a great convenience for us people that still live in the standard def world.
This is what I learned that I did not expect
1) This Roku player has a Wireless G(?) network interface, a while back (~1 year) ago
I looked at the ONE $100 Roku player that was available and I did not remember a wireless interface? I was pleasantly surprised, this means I can put off pulling another network wire into a different wall in my TV room.
2) The Roku player has no power switch, it shuts itself off sometime after your are done with it.
3) The Roku player has only a mostly photo 7 page manual, as a mild geek I was looking forward to reading the manual (after it was working) and discovering things I did not know about, but a 9 button remote and five I/O jacks doesn't need much explanation. The system is very simple it works AND all Nine buttons on the remote are BIG for us who have OPVS (Old Person Vision Syndrome).
3) The most popular Amazon videos cost $2.99 ea, this is 2/3 more than I pay 2 miles away at a Red Box.
4) We now have a Netflix 2 week free trial going, I did not realize that only 25% of the Netflix library is available for streaming, someone told me that they cycle through and only stream a % of the library.
So far I'm a happy Roku customer!