glaicius wrote:What's the benefit of getting a Roku with only 90 warranty and let's say a Blue ray player with Netflix and HuluPlus streaming capable. just asking cuz I can get one for $75
I recently asked myself this same question and did some math. It turned out that the CHEAP BD play I have (The LG BD-550) and the Roku I got on woot months are were quite a bit cheaper than any other option out there.
Plus, the Roku gives you a lot more channels and the menus are, for the most part, the easiest menus out there. Sure, a couple players may have one or two nicer menus in one or two cases. Amazon on the Panasonic was a little better, but the over-all menu system was a giant pain in the backside. Also, the load times for the videos in all cases (I tried a Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, and an upgraded LG) were quite a bit longer than on the first gen Roku. In fact, the same Star Trek episode on my roku took 13 seconds to start playing, but almost a minute on the Sony.
Even LISTING TV episodes on Amazon took the roku like none seconds. But the Sony took 30 seconds just to LIST the series, and another 20 to list the episodes. So, from turn on to watching Star Trek was over three minutes TOTAL on the Sony...but abut one minute on the Roku.
I haven't tested Hulu on the Roku yet. But I can tell you that the Vizio wouldn't even play a singe Hulu sample vid, and the Sony and Panasonic both had problems with the HD sample (the DC Zoo video).
All of this does add up as does frustration. The one and ONLY bit of frustration I have with the First Gen roku is that once in a while, when watching a video, it just kinda ignores the remote until I get about three feet away.
So it's not just the dollars and cents you want to think about here. For me, the far better deal was to go with a cheapo BD player that isn't on the network and the Roku.
Just my thoughts on this, anyway.