Netflix Teams Up with Roku for Streaming Box
The paperback-size device has no hard drive, because it's for streaming, not downloading. It does have 54MB of RAM and can stream at data rates up to 2.2Mbps. It connects to the internet via wired ethernet or wireless wi-fi connection. Add desired programming to your queue, then browse and make your selections. The video stream can be rewound or fast-forwarded. Service enhancements are added automatically. Connectivity includes HDMI, component video, S-video, composite video, digital optical audio, and analog stereo audio.
Content comes in the Windows Media format. Movies can be watched on a TV via the player or on a PC via the Netflix website, but cannot be transferred to other devices. The Roku site makes no reference to high-def and when the service will become HD-capable remains unclear. However, according to Gizmodo: "Netflix is planning HD streaming, and this box will support it. When Netflix gets HD streaming content, they'll update the box by firmware to support HD resolutions at higher bitrates of 4-6Mbps, including 5.1 surround (everything is stereo now). The menus will also be upgraded to HD res, too. In the future, the Roku-branded box will be upgraded to accept non-Netflix content, too."