Drop HBO/Cinemax/Starz/Encore for a Roku box?

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  1. Jschmuck2

    Jschmuck2 Diamond Member

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    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.
     
  2. Descartes

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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.
     
  3. Rage187

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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.
     
  4. Jschmuck2

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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.
     
  5. Descartes

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    Didn't even know they had a BluRay player that would do that. Damnit, I can never keep up with AV.
     
  6. frostedflakes

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    Looks like Blu-Ray players that support that functionality are closer to $300. The Roku is only $100.
     
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    I have a roku and a 360, the roku is more user friendly

     
  9. vi edit

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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.
     
  10. Kadarin

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    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?
     
  11. BigJ

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    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.
     
  12. destrekor

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    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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    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.