REALLY!!!! I'm curious about TIVO/Netflix will soon follow!
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I have an HTPC and I didn't want the ROKU because I run my HTPC through my HT receiver. What's so great about high def if the sound is coming from the little speakers on your flat panel? Does the Roku have HDMI to plug into a recever? Does it offer Lossless audio? I'd be interested in it if it did those things.
We've been using Netflix Instant Watch with a HD TIVO, and it is simply fantastic!!! Plus, no additonal charges, like Unbox, aside from the usual monthly subscription fees. As far as I'm concerned, Tivo is worth it just because of this new feature.
Unfortunately, movies only stream in standard definition and stereo as far as I know, hence Wader1971's comment.
It seems to me streaming a HD signal with sourround sound would be really difficult. If Roku can do it, then Netflix/Tivo will surely follow.
I also use my HTPCs for this, but I wouldn't mind trying out the Roku in the bedroom or bedrooms. Being wireless makes this thing an easy way to try out movie downloads.
The way it looks fellas, it want be long before you get HiDef sound over the net. Verizon and AT&T are both moving in that direction using fiber optics for interactive home entertainment.
The download speeds, if you have the service is fast enough for this now, along with the use of compression software like H.264 .
I stopped using cable TV months ago. Between downloads and OTA digital channels..I'm good!