The upcoming streaming stick is rumored to use the same processor as the Roku 1 and Roku 2, and will have the new Netflix channel, so I'd be pretty surprised if the new Netflix channel doesn't make it onto the Roku 1 and Roku 2 when that's released.
That would be nice.
I hadn't realized the stick was still 'upcoming.' I saw it in the comparison grid and assumed it was on sale already. Not a product I'm interested in, just surprised that they haven't jumped faster on Chomecast's initial popularity wave.
I still don't understand this line of reasoning... How, exactly are they screwing you again? The new Netflix channel wasn't available on the Roku 2 when you bought it, so it's not like they took something away from you.
The first time was when I bought a Roku HD having been led to believe it would be upgraded with new features like Netflix subtitles. Instead, I had to buy a different device (also because even basic Netflix performance is now unacceptable on the HD...constant rebuffering.)
OK, never buy a device because of future promises. Always assume nothing has any lasting value or ongoing support and that everything has planned obsolescence and and is disposable.
Screwed, but lesson learned.
Next, Nowhere in the new marketing materiel or feature comparisons on the Roku site does it say the experience in the same channels would be lacking if you don't get the Roku 3. Both the 2 and the 3 just have a check box in the "1000+ of channels" column. If that's the material I'm supposed to make a purchasing decision on, it's misleading. I did at least know that the Youtube channel is only on the 3. I don't like it, and it's not like they highlight the fact on the sales pages, but at least it was on the site somewhere.
You say "The new Netflix channel wasn't available on the Roku 2 when you bought it" as if the average consumer should know that there even ARE different versions, or that they have different features, or that different models of Roku might have different ones. That's not reasonable in the consumer market, certainly not with the marketing info Roku presents. This is not an open-source hacker/enthusiast platform like MythTV. This is a mass market consumer appliance.
Does that make the reasoning any easier to to understand?