The Netflix Player by Roku

The latest entry in the battle of set-top boxes is the new Netflix Player manufactured by Roku. It lets you watch movies from the Netflix library on your television using only an internet connection. The Netflix Player costs $99.99, with no other recurring charges beyond a Netflix subscription.

The Netflix Player doesn’t download movies, but instead streams them from the Netflix web site. It comes with a remote control, but no keyboard. To watch a movie on the Netflix Player, you first need to use your computer to put the movie in your “Instant” queue on the Netflix web site. The contents of that queue appear as available movies on the Netflix Player, and you can use the remote control to watch any of them. You can also pause a movie, fast-forward and rewind, and even stop the movie and resume it later.

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