Cheap Netflix Device?

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  1. Jalopybox macrumors 6502a

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    What is the best, lowest cost solution for a device to access Netflix? Needs to be wifi capable and not flaky. Roku, Apple TV? Thanks.
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    Hard to beat Apple TV. Wonderfully smooth and functional.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Google's Chromecast is a nifty little, cheap device.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    At half the cost and same Netflix functionality, the Roku easily beats Apple TV.
     
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    What other features are you after besides Netflix? Apple TV gives you airplay which is a cool feature if you use iOS or OSX devices.
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I have both, and if all he wants is Netflix, then the ATV is not worth the extra 50 bucks. The Roku works great for Netflix.

    The ATV excels over the Roku in certain areas, Netflix is not one of them.
     
  8. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    Another vote for Apple TV, I love mine. Although I have a friend who swears the high-end Roku box is the best.
     
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    The cheap roku is said to be laggy
     
  10. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Another vote for Chromecast.

    I have an ATV and and it's great as well, but if all he's looking for is the cheapest device for Netflix, it's hard to beat the Chromecast.
     
  11. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Plus we will see a flood of apps for the Chromecast by summer.
     
  12. Huntn, Feb 26, 2014
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    Why so? When I bought my Roku (3 years ago or so) it offered higher definition than AppleTV.
     
  13. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    the remote app for apple tv is better
    you need a CC just to activate the roku
    most of the channels are crap and the ones that aren't are mostly on the apple tv as well
     
  14. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Thanks for the info. Primarily I watch Netflix and Amazon Prime on it.
     
  15. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    I'd also love to see some type of remote App for iOS. When I'm casting Netflix from my phone, it's a PITA to open up the app, wait for it to load, and then pause the movie or show I'm watching.
     
  16. bowens macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Roku and it's slow and doesn't have the new Netflix interface. I don't have an AppleTV but I have used them. I would take an AppleTV over Roku. I use a PS3 as my main device though.
     
  17. question fear macrumors 68020

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    I am a big fan of my Roku 3, we use it exclusively for Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. Haven't noticed lag or issues.

    The Chromecast is also supposed to be excellent.
     
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    On my S4 and N7(2013), a screenshot of the video I'm casting and a pause/play button appears on my lockscreen. Controls also show up on the pull down notification screen. I assume this is probably across any Android device.

    Just tested my iPad 2 on iOS7, and nothing. I'm surprised at that.
     
  19. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Doesn't Chromecast require the use of your phone or tablet to act as the source material? It's not 100% standalone like Apple TV or Roku, no?
     
  20. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Yep, need a phone, tablet or computer to cast. Still a great little product for 30 bucks. I also got 3 months of Netflix with mine. No brainer.
     
  21. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    I sold my 2 second gen Apple TV's and bought 2 Roku 3's and still had $200 left over. IMO, the Roku blows away the Apple TV...
     
  22. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    What model Roku do you have ?
     
  23. thehustleman macrumors 65816

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    If all you want is Netflix, get Chromecast, if you just want the best selection of channels (flixster, vudu, crackle, and many more) go with roku.

    Apple TV shouldn't even be a consideration unless you're just buying it due to the brand or want to stream iTunes.

    More options and programming choices on roku
     
  24. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    You use any device for the user interface, but it's basically a standalone cause it's not streaming from your device.
     
  25. escdrift macrumors member

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    Roku isnt half the price.

    apple tv cost $125 with tax. roku 1 was $60 plus tax and they added an enviromental disposal fee, so was like $90. not quite half price. The interface is terrible and all the bonus channels are like spam channels no ones heard of.
     

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