Originally Posted by detroit_fan
Thanks for the reply. On the Netflix site it says the Roku 3 supports Netflix Subtitles, Alternate Audio, 5.1 Surround Sound. So when you say the BDP may have some favor over the Roku, do you mean just the interface, or is there something that the BDP can do that the Roku 3 can't?
Mainly little esoteric things that the casual user wouldn't necessarily care about. For instance, my Panasonic DMP-BDT220 can output Netflix and other Internet VOD services (VUDU, Amazon, etc) at their native 24 fps; the vast majority of network VOD content is encoded at 24 fps and it's possible that your television or outboard scaler can do a better, smoother job of displaying than the BDP's (or Roku's) conversion and output of it at 60 fps. I like this
little stream status overlay display available on some of the BDPs (and a few televisions and streaming STBs like my WD TV Live). That little display is the main reason that I now prefer my WD TV Live for Netflix, but I'd generally recommend the Roku over it for ease of use and speed (the Roku 3 starts the player from the home dialog in about 4 seconds and starts streams in 2 or 3, making it far and away the fastest of my Netflix playing devices (my launch model PS3 can be just as fast at stream starts, but it draws about 200 watts while doing it with a noisy fan which kicks in when it heats up; also it can't bitstream DD+ 5.1 sound). I've compared the several 1080p-Netflix-capable devices that I own (PS3, Roku 3, Roku 2, BDT220, Sony BDP-S390, TiVo Premiere, WD TV Live and this PC) and the BDT220 does a noticeably better job rendering streaming video with fewer digital artifacts.
There are a few more visible features of the Netflix players on many BDPs but not Roku like the "Just for Kids
" alternative UI and the "'Post-play' Experience
". I do not love the latter, but I find that I have gotten used to it so when I use Netflix on the Roku and it doesn't automatically start the next episode of a TV series that I'm watching it surprises me.