Currently, I own a Boxee Box. I bought it when it was released mainly to play Local Files and even though with some bugs, it has played pretty much all the files that I have. However, I decided to give it a go for Netflix (since it was available on the Box, and all), and now I'm 'addicted' to streaming. I ended up subscribing to Netflix, renting a few movies on VUDU and even though it's not available on the Boxee Box I subscribed to Hulu Plus as well.
I'm now trying to find a second box for my setup, mainly because the Boxee doesn't have Hulu yet and it looks like it may take a while (if ever!) for it to get it. I was initially going for a box with all 4 major services (Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon and VUDU), but apparently such box does not exist. I did find a Sony Blu-Ray player but the interface was just terrible. Also very important to me is a device that displays captions/subtitles on Netflix and Hulu+.
That being said, I have my eye on the Roku 2 XS, and I do have a few questions:
1) Could you tell me (or take a picture, whatever works best for you), if the Roku Power Adapter is compatible to European Standards? I know the old model was, it was on the label "Input: 100/240V 50/60Hz". Is this one the same?
2) About the Hulu Plus channel. I tried Hulu Plus on a Samsung Player but returned it because I had the following issues:
* Constant freezing and buffering in HD quality, I have to drop to SD sometimes to watch a show (it's a known issue apparently, I do have the bandwidth to stream HD)
* An annoying "Loading..." that appeared in every transition:
- before the network animation at the beginning
- before the "This show is brought to you by...."
- before each commercial, etc etc...
Does it do that as well in the Roku? I saw a video on youtube and it seemed to play the videos/commercials without any delay at all, very seamlessly.
* The Closed Captions seem to be delayed sometimes, they aren't in synch with what the actors are saying, they usually come 1 second or 2 later, which is annoying to keep up.
Can you comment if you have any of these issues on the Roku?
3) Netflix. People are saying that it starts playing the stream in low quality and a few seconds later it "jumps" to HD. Does it take long? Even though the BBox is using adaptive streaming as well, it always starts in HD to me.
4) Last but not least, are you having buffering or crashing problems on the box? Some people (a lot, actually) are reporting issues with both netflix and hulu plus randomly crashing the box.
Anyway, I'm sorry for rambling a bit, I hope you find the time to answer my questions, it would help a lot in my decision