questionswhat is the best netflix player?

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I hate AppleTV. But mostly because I hate iTunes.

I would go with a blu-ray player, but try to get one that supports Hulu as well. Also, Pandora is a bonus, I use that all the time -- probably more than Netflix. I understand that Wii consoles are coming down in price too, though it won't play Netflix (or anything) in HD like a Blu-ray will.

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The roku is always a great choice especially since they added hulu and amazon. I have an lg bd570 which I use for netflix and am very happy with it although it lacks a search feature. The new model, the bd670 is also supposed to be very good and is right in your budget. I also just checked and the 670 has the new improved netflix app which is good. It also does dlna very well and can play mkv files which is nice, although I don't like the way it displayers mkv subtitles.

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Roku

It's fast and they are cheaper then ever now with lots of additional channels available

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Playstation 3 when the network comes back up.

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@sclark89: except that's twice his budget.....

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Roku is the cheapest and simplest solution. Unless you already have one of the others.

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Roku, Apple TV, game consoles and Blu-ray players all are about the same when it comes to Netflix. This assumes you have an HD display and want HD quality from Netflix. I have experience using all setups in my house. Consider how you want to control the player and who will need to control it. Do you have a harmony remote or similar remote that could simplify the interaction? My kids find the Apple TV the easiest to navigate. And my wife prefers the Apple TV interface as well. My suggestion if you don't care about "ease" is to find a used PS3 so you have Blu-ray playback as well as one of the better Netflix interfaces. Don't go with an Xbox unless you are a gamer and want to pay for Xbox Live Gold @ ~$40/year on sale.

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We have all of them but I would say PS3 - although Xbox is also good, you have to pay for the subscription and if you do not need it for other things like playing games, it is just an added extra expense that could be avoided. Definitely not the Wii - no hi-def. Wii 2 will though... but not available until next year.

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If you get a Bluray player, you kill two birds with one stone --you can play Netflix and watch HD movies, but the Roku has more to offer than just Netflix. They have a bunch of other Internet TV channels you can view, if you want to.

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I like the Roku player because of price and size. Once you start getting content on line you wont need blu rays anymore.

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I would go with a used/refurbished PS3. You can probably get a "George Foreman" one for pretty cheap.

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i use my tivo, but the ps3 has the best interfact. Your budjet will get you one of those basic blurays with netfkix, I am not being helpful, but the ps3 is a great non gaming machine, once they stop pisssing off hackers. For your money get the roku for netflix.

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PS3, working now, even with PSN down.

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I love my Xbox 360 but when I compare it to the Samsung Bluray player for Streaming the Xbox blows it has a nice interface but the streaming quality on the Bluray is much better and it's also free to stream the Model is BDP5500 something and it also has Samsung Apps which gives you more than just Netflix for less than 100 you can't go wrong

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I'm looking into Netflix as well. Maybe the Roku fans can clarify for me... I thought the Roku had the advantage of streaming direct without going through a PC. Also, internet spped and wireless will have an effect. At least us DSL'rs have to worry about speed, I guess cable and FiOS have no worries? What speed is internet optimal?

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I'd avoid getting a Sony blu-ray player for Netflix streaming. Most other players go directly from netflix to your set but sony uses their server as the "middle man". My netflix was so crappy using my Sony bluray I went and bought a Roku which we love.

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Thanks for all the responses.

I did look at PS3 (even a refurb) but the problem is that we already have a PS2 (still fantastic after all the years) and I know if we get a PS3, we will need to get games, which will put it way out of my budget. Looks like a Roku or Blu-Ray, although I imagine with a Blu-Ray, there is the additional urge to get Blu-Ray discs. I need to look at the specific interface to NetFlix some more before deciding as you have pointed out that they are different on the devices.

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@jetedel94: The roku streams without the pc. I have dsl and download speeds of a blistering 1.5 mbps. /sarcasm
I haven't have any trouble watching movies. No pauses. Streams fine.

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Get an Xbox. Kinect is tied in to both Netflix and Hulu for voiced activated navigation. Yes, PS3 is still broke, unless you want to play games. 360 is still the better deal anyway. Bluray is overrated as the market is going to very soon be nearly all streaming and digital copies.

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xbox is, I'm certain, not a better deal than a ps3. Even neglecting the tiny hd, after 2 years of service the 4gb xbox will cost more than the 160gb ps3. And how obnoxious is it that xbox is charging money for access to netflix, a service offered by a different company that people have already payed for?

Add to that the fact that accessories will cost you more (you can just use regular bluetooth stuff with the ps3) and the fact that microsoft forces you to buy ms points in $5 increments to get their online stuff (leaving you with either wasted money or an itching need to buy more), and the ps3 is the better deal. Oh yeah, and it has a blu-ray player and (at least for me) streams media from my computer much more easily.

on topic, netflix streams quite well on both my xbox and my ps3. If you're looking for a simpler and cheaper solution, I can also recommend roku boxes. I got one of the cheaper ones for each of my parents and they work great!

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@onebaddoggie: you are definitely right there, since getting a bluray player I have found myself buying quite a few bluray movies....damn.

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@portezbie: I agree. I really thought I was done with buying movies, but amidst my nerding out over blu-ray I've accumulated something like 12 blu-rays. Half of them are from dvd-to-blu, but that's still more than I should have bought.

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If you can find it on sale a Boxee Box would fit the bill nicely and handle a lot of other media as well. Otherwise for streaming I would go with the Roku.

If you have an HD screen and a nice home theater sound setup I would do the Blu-Ray player. If your receiver takes the audio through HDMI then Blu-Ray makes a noticeable difference in the quality and impact of the sound (provided you have the speakers to notice, doesn't have to be anything super expensive, just a little better grade than your typical home theater in-a-box).

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@onebaddoggie: Yes, you will want PS3 games, but if you don't want the newest games when your budget is tight you can pick up older used games on half.com, amazon or ebay for under $5 shipped Hard to argue with that

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I bought a Roku here on Woot. After I received it and tried to get it up and running, I found out you can't use a Roku in Canada. It makes a great paperweight and I am still stuck watching Netflix on my laptop. Ack!

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