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Roku’s Netflix Player vs. Apple TV: unboxing and first impressions

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Netflix and Roku are stepping up to the plate with a media hub that promises a much less expensive way to watch movies online without a per-movie cost. In this preview ahead of our full review, we unpack the device and give our first impressions on how it stacks up to Apple’s offering.
Like Apple TV, the partnership between Netflix and Roku has given way to a compact box for streaming select movies and TV programs directly to your television. The $100 box serves up unlimited content from Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” section as part of the standard subscription price of its DVD by mail service. The 10,000 Watch Instantly “movies and TV episodes” include many documentaries and older films, but provide a wide range of options that were previously only viewable from a Windows PC, due to the use of Windows Media DRM that is incompatible with Macs.

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