I like Netflix in Principle. In fact, it is what we do instead of going to movies, most of the time. (Except the other day when we did go see Hancock.) But what they did with their Watch Instantly service was very disturbing to me. It only runs on Windows, and in fact, only runs with the widely despised Internut Explorer browser. Not even Windows Symps use AIEEE! as their browser. It made me want to Hate Netflix. But I remained in denial sufficiently to actually configure it on our obligatory windows machine so when I’m in the basement doing stuff I can watch a movie if I want.
Now, here is the interesting part:
Netflix Watch Instantly is cool, but the Microsoft connection is unpleasant, and it runs on your computer which may very well not be in your living room where you watch TV. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a machine you could stick in there next to your DVD player, hooked to your TV, that would give you Netflix watch instantly movies?
Well, there is such a thing, and it is called Netflix Player.
It’s small and silent, sports an array of ports on the back but only one tiny white LED on the front, and it can help you spend hours of time in front of your TV ….. It’s the Netflix Player from embedded device specialist Roku …
… and it runs Linux. Not windows. Linux.
Here is a review of the product.