Having switched to DirecTV, I have to say IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pretty disappointed with the range of movies available, even on the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhave pretty much everythingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ plan. Also, there are so many DirecTV OnDemand movies, that are old, are also chargeable. Air Force One being one example!
I started looking for alternatives Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and I have a solution even better than I originally expected. Netflix + a Roku box.
Everyone is aware that Netflix allows you to rent DVDs that are mailed to your house, no timelimit Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and then you return them when ready. However, they also have a streaming video service. To access this, you need a $100 Roku box. This Roku box, which cannot be purchased in stores, has to be ordered direct from the Roku site. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a 30 day, no-risk return policy, so I thought IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d give it a go. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been blown away.
I subscribed to the lowest Netflix monthly rate, $8.99. This allows you to rent one DVD at a time, but also have access to thousands of online movies to either stream via your PC or Mac, or via a box connected to your TV, which in turn is connected to your home network.
The box arrived today. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cool, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quiet and the user interface is great. I had concerns about picture quality, but they have been alleviated.
I have the box connected wirelessly to a wireless router which is around around 80ft away. I have hooked up the box to the wireless network and it has a medium signal strength. This is more than enough to enjoy fast start speeds, high quality pictures and HD.
I switched on the box, hooked it into my TVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s HDMI connection Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all the available sockets to connect are on the back of the Roku box. The startup was easy. After a quick firmware check, the upgrade was done Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and I was ready to go. The box gave me a code I had to punch into the Netflix.com site to authorise Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and I was away. The only problem now is that I have around 90+ movies in my queue.
It gets very addictive just searching and adding to your listÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I highly recommend this box and I expect more video and OnDemand suppliers will start to leverage this easy-to-use technology soon.