by Derrick Stembridge in New Products on Sunday 25 May 2008

The Netflix Player by Roku is surprisingly compact — roughly the size of a paperback book — and can integrate easily into any home entertainment system. All it takes is connecting the player to a TV and to the Internet. For homes with wireless Internet connectivity, the player is Wi-Fi enabled and offers the ultimate in placement flexibility. From the Netflix site, members simply add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant queues, and those choices are then displayed on the TV and available to watch instantly. With the player’s accompanying remote control, members can browse and make selections right on the TV screen and also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies. In addition, they have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding the video stream via the remote. In all, the queue-based user interface creates a highly personalized experience that puts members in control.