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Old 01-20-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Question Roku vs bd player with wifi

If you have a player with built in wifi is there any point in getting a Roku?
My sister wants a Roku for her bday but she doesnt have a blu ray yet so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. She's not very technically savvy, if that matters.
I think all she'd use it for is streaming amazon/netflix.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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It's more convenient to have it all in one package but the Netflix on Roku is worlds better with a better interface and more options to watch stuff as well (Hulu, Amazon, etc).
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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I have both (Sony BR w/ Apps + a Roku). The Bluray is convenient because you get disc playback AND apps, plus Youtube (the Roku doesn't have Youtube). However, the Roku has a nicer GUI. The Roku has a simple remote and an easy-to-use interface. The Bluray system has five million buttons on the remote and a more difficult interface, but you get Bluray playback and the Youtube app. Both cost about the same (~$99 depending on the model you go with).

If it's mostly Amazon and Netflix, I'd go with the Roku. Have my whole family on them. Super easy to use!
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:35 AM   #4
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roku simply kicks butt. it is another device to your system, but its so simple and it doesnt even have an on/off switch... so the only thing you do is change your tv video input, big deal.
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