Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Netflix Living Up to Their Name

Earlier this week, the Netflix Player set-top box launched. The Roku hardware costs $100, and the minimum subscription plan that lets you stream content is $9 a month. This would have been awesome, except for three serious deficiencies:
  1. Limited selection - currently, only older movies and TV shows are available for streaming--less than 10% of Netflix's total catalog
  2. No HD output - highest resolution is 480p.
  3. As D says: "Streaming sucks."
Don't get me wrong. I think it's definitely a step in the right direction, and I'm glad to see Apple TV getting some competition, even if it's an orange. At least it's not a lemon. What's that about bad puns? I can't hear you, I've got a banana in my ear!


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