Friday, July 30, 2010

Roku HD

One of the best deals in HD has to be the marriage of Netflix and Roku. For just $8.99 a month, Netflix will allow you to watch as many streaming movies as you can handle. No download limitations, and no late fees. Combine this with the idiot proof Roku HD box, and you have an instant HD theater capable of streaming thousands of movies instantly.

Video quality is about on par with VHS for the normal movies. HD streaming fairs much better with less artifacts and a sharper image. HD streaming is presented at 1280 x 720. Not quite up to Blu-ray specs, but definitely watchable. Considering that it loads in seconds, and that you don't have to drive down to the local corner video store, it is a little slice of digital heaven. I would give the HD video about a 7 out of 10, which is pretty good.

So simple even your parents could use it. Well, maybe not yours.

Pros: Simple design.

Cons: Not all movies available in HD.

List Price: $99.00