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Old 12-22-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

Has anyone done it? The initial costs would be made up in a few months of not having to pay for premium channels anymore but I worry about the quality.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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I couldn't do it. Shows like House of Saddam, Entourage, John Adams and all the other countless specials/shows would keep me coming back.

I'm thinking about a Roku box though. It seems too good to pass up.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:35 PM   #3
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

I'd spend another $100 and get one of the HD Netflix enabled BluRay players.

I have a Roku box btw.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:37 PM   #4
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

I already have a PS3 and if Sony would get their collective head out of their ass, I'd be able to use IT to stream Netflix to my TV.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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I'd spend another $100 and get one of the HD Netflix enabled BluRay players.

I have a Roku box btw.
Didn't even know they had a BluRay player that would do that. Damnit, I can never keep up with AV.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:51 PM   #6
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

Looks like Blu-Ray players that support that functionality are closer to $300. The Roku is only $100.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:54 PM   #7
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

good overview of Netflix streamers

http://sympatico-msn-ca.com.com/4321...ayers+compared
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:00 PM   #8
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

I have a roku and a 360, the roku is more user friendly

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Old 12-22-2008, 07:33 PM   #9
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Have you actually looked at the on demand library for Netflix?

If 70's and 80's TV shows and B-Run movies are your thing then go for it. Otherwise it's absolutely no replacement for HBO or Showtime.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:48 PM   #10
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

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I already have a PS3 and if Sony would get their collective head out of their ass, I'd be able to use IT to stream Netflix to my TV.
My Tivo Series 3 just had a message pop up the other day about supporting streaming Netflix. How is this different from a "Roku box"? Or Apple TV?
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:50 PM   #11
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Have you actually looked at the on demand library for Netflix?

If 70's and 80's TV shows and B-Run movies are your thing then go for it. Otherwise it's absolutely no replacement for HBO or Showtime.
Not a replacement for HBO, but their selection is getting much better. Currently in my streaming queue:

30 Rock: Season 1
30 Rock: Season 2
A League of Their Own
Alien: Collector's Edition
All Quiet on the Western Front
Austin Powers 2
Billy Madison
Bridge to Terabithia
Cougar Club
Coupling: Season 1
Coupling: Season 2
Coupling: Season 3
Coupling: Season 4
Crash: Season 1
Dan in Real Life
Dead Like Me: Season 1
Dead Like Me: Season 2
Doctor Who: Season 1
Doctor Who: Season 2
Doctor Who: Season 3
Enchanted
Friday Night Lights: Season 1
Friday Night Lights: Season 2
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters 2
Gone Baby Gone
Grindhouse: Double Feature
Grosse Pointe Blank
Hamlet
Heroes: Season 1
Heroes: Season 2
Heroes: Season 3
High Fidelity
Jackass 2.5
Jericho: Season 1
Jericho: Season 2
Karas: The Prophecy
Mars Attacks!
Mississippi Burning
Natural Born Killers
No Country for Old Men
Outsourced
Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Pan's Labyrinth
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Primer
Ratatouille
Red Dwarf: Series 1
Red Dwarf: Series 2
Red Dwarf: Series 3
Red Dwarf: Series 4
Red Dwarf: Series 5
Red Dwarf: Series 6
Red Dwarf: Series 7
Red Dwarf: Series 8
Remember the Titans
Scarface
Seven
Team America: World Police
That Thing You Do!
The Bone Collector
The Breed
The Dead Girl
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Illusionist
The Invisible
The Last of the Mohicans
The League of Gentlemen: Christmas Special
The League of Gentlemen: Series 1
The League of Gentlemen: Series 2
The League of Gentlemen: Series 3
The Office Special
The Office: Season 1
The Office: Season 2
The Office: Season 3
The Office: Season 4
The Office: Series 1
The Office: Series 2
The Orphanage
The Tick: The Complete Series
Tremors

Alphabetized for ya. Some of those are part of the Starz Play, but a lot of the movies available through Starz Play are not in my queue.

It's no replacement, but it's getting considerably better by the day. Doctor Who Season 2 was just added, which got a big thumbs up from me.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #12
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Have you actually looked at the on demand library for Netflix?

If 70's and 80's TV shows and B-Run movies are your thing then go for it. Otherwise it's absolutely no replacement for HBO or Showtime.
Yeah, the reason I maintain my Blockbuster membership is because they don't charge extra to rent Blu-ray (and in-store free rentals makes it better, no wait), and the streaming for Netflex isn't a selling point to me yet. Very few stream in HD, and even then, still 2-channel audio right? A nice bonus but not worthy of getting me to switch.
So a decent selection for streaming, far far less of a selection for HD streaming, doesn't add up to me.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:06 PM   #13
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Do they prevent you from having more than one Roku-styled box on a subscription at a time? Or is it just that both of them can't be watching at the same time?

Nevermind found my answer here:
http://forums.rokulabs.com/vie...cda786a3d716f95ce86e2a
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:37 PM   #14
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Default Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

I see the streaming as a really big plus but its not a replacement for those channels. The DVD rentals are though . I watch way more movies now with Netflix between the DVDs and streaming than I ever did when I had Show and HBO. They rarely ever showed anything I actually wanted to watch other then the series and I can just wait on those to come out on DVD. Dexter and Weeds are both series I started watching thanks to Netflix streaming.
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