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The Netflix Player by Roku, which was introduced back in May as a solution for watching Netflix "Instant Watch" content, is now able to stream high definition movies and videos in addition to the standard definition content that was available at launch.
Roku joins other players which have recently added the ability to display HD content from Netflix, such as the Samsung Blu-ray players, an LG Blu-ray player, and the Microsoft Xbox 360. This convergence of consumer electronics and what was very recently only a service available on your Windows PC makes Netflix an even better deal than it was already! It's also making downloading movies easier and more convenient in the place that most people want to watch their movies, which isn't in front of their computer.
The Roku player is sold for $99 only on www.roku.com, as far as I can tell. If all you're looking for is a one-trick pony, that's definitely the lowest price of admission. However, I suggest looking seriously at the Blu-ray players that have this ability built-in. The Samsung BD-P2500/2550 is a step up from the entry level Samsung BD-P1500, so you're going to pay around $270-$350 for it (as opposed to $200-$250 for the entry level model), but it has some addiitional features that you may find useful on top of the Netflix functionality. Similarly, the LG BD300 is going for around $300 as well.
If you already have an Xbox 360 game system, or you're interested in getting one, this is another great option as well! Microsoft does require that you join their Xbox LIVE Gold package, but my impression is that many gamers already have done so, so that extra cost has already been absorbed.
Of course, all of this requires you to have a Netflix subscription. If you are already a Netflix member, you're ready to go! If you're not, what are you waiting for?? Go to our Netflix page and sign up today!
Source: Roku Press Release
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