questionswhat is the best (most economical) device to…

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The Roku http://www.roku.com/ device

The Roku products are cheap and connect to your tv. They will stream Amazon and are so easy to use that my five year old can do it. They can also stream Hulu-plus or Netflix if you have it.

Lots of kid friendly videos on Netflix as well!

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the most economical is still your computer, since you already have it. Depending on your TV, all it might take is a cable with the right ends.

Barring that, if you really want a dedicated device for the TV - the roku that woot had a few weeks ago is perfect. I got one for my mom, because it's easy to use.

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Need a dedicated device since a 5 and 10 year old will be handling and I don't want them fidgeting with plugging things in. I did just see that there is no such thing as a device that streams Amazon and iTunes so forget iTunes. Netflix is nice to have but we have the Wii for that so I don't care that much.

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If you get a Roku you can use Pandora for your music needs. It is very simple to use as well, great device.

But if you are looking for an iTunes device specifically you may need to use Apple Tv

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Got a refurb Roku from Woot for $50 or so.

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The Roku is great... however, another consideration for you... if you do not have a bluray player, Panasonic's latest line of bluray players have Netflix, Amazon VOD, and the premiere HD streaming service VUDU. Amazon is currently selling the model BD110 for $117. All these services stream very well on the Panasonic...

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@ecommerceerika: FYI, a Roku (or an internet connected blu-ray player) will stream Netflix in HD, which is much better quality than the Wii Netflix streaming. Highly recommended.

Based on what you say, I think the low-end $50 Roku model is the best for your purposes (the Roku LT).

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@lpgstock: I'd second the Panasonic devices. I have a Panny plasma and the Amazon streaming is excellent. It was a huge bonus IMO. If you're in the market for a new flat screen, the S30 and ST30 series plasmas are a nearly unbeatable deal.

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Sony Blu-Ray players have a good Amazon app along with several other internet streaming options, however, if you have no interest in the Blu-Ray aspect, I would second the Roku since it has more robust streaming options.

Also, you can use an Xbox 360 to watch Amazon video, however, the process is slightly cumbersome and not recommended. It requires a program on your computer to download the content then use the DLNA (I believe) to stream to the console.

I really wish Xbox 360, PS3, and other devices would add an Amazon app (and I wish Amazon would work to improve what devices they are on).

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Some good stuff to think about. We have a very old blu ray that worked for approximately 45 minutes after we got it. We never really bought any movies and at this point we pretty much stream all content so I hadn't thought blu-ray but I suppose it would be handy to have. Is the wii streaming from the blu-ray player HD as well? Any thing else that I should think about on Panasonic or Sony Blu-Ray vs. Roku? (Aside from the about $60) Thanks!