questionswhat is the best set-top box to use with amazon…

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I'm upvoting this because I wanted to start a similar thread (as I am in the exact same situation in wanting to ditch Netflix streaming entirely**) and I'd like to see some recommendations.

(In addition, I have a Mac, so compatibility is a must.)

** not political or policy motivated, I'm just cutting costs

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You have a few options here.

I would suggest either the Roku XS or the Logitech Revue.

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Roku. It has more than Amazon on it. Hulu Plus, Crackle, Epix, Pandora, etc. And if you ever feel like coming back to Netflix, it has that too. There are a lot of official channels you can add, as well as user created channels too.

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+1 for Roku. It really couldn't be much easier to use. The built-in wireless works great, we have never had issues with slow load times. We use ours mostly for streaming Netflix, but as others mentioned it has tons of channels including Amazon.

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I bought one of the original Rokus when they first came out and it died after a year, so I'm gun-shy about buying another Roku.

Personally, I'm holding out hope that an Amazon streaming app will show up on the PS3 eventually. Once that happens... adios, Netflix!

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I just purchased my 3rd Roku2. I now have 7 Roku's in the house. I sold off my Boxee Box due to flaky behavior, the Boxee's, not mine. I love the Roku units.

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SO is the Amazon much more user friendly through a box? I use my computer as my home theater and use the sight directly and to be honest it is horrible compared to hulu or netflix for interface. I also don't have cable or dish so netflix is my default paid content provider and amazon is still so new it seems to lack anything like the library of netflix for member instant watch. I also don't mind watching old shows and don't need current anything to be happy which is why netflix works for me.

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Roku, Cheapest and Easiest option... You didn't hear this from me, but there is a Beta going around right now of a cheaper Roku that they may release in the future. Like a $50 option.

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@asahel01: I do understand that Amazon has less content than Netflix, but I think Netflix has a lot of fluf, really terrible shows and movies from eons ago, that they got for cheap and nobody will ever watch, just to boost their total number of items in their library.

If Amazon has half the content, but it is actually quality content, then you are way better off with Amazon.

That being said, I don't know how much quality items are on Amazon, but I just have more faith in them than Netflix at this point, and they seem to do things right.

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@asahel01: Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member there's a load of free movies and TV in addition to any rentals.

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I do have amazon prime and found alot of the same "fluff" on it as on Netflix. My problem with amazon is the way you search and the info for a program that you may want to watch. For me the rating and a quick synopsis is very helpful especially when basically looking for something new.

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doing amazon with a Tivo is just downright brutal. I wish they made a better app and made it look more like netflix.