Blu-ray Steven Kippel on 04 Mar 2009

Roku expands to Amazon

Roku expands to Amazon

When first released, Roku’s digital video player was marketed and sold by Netflix as the Watch Now player for your TV. Since then Roku has separated themselves from Netflix to tackle other streaming media.

The digital video player still streams Netflix Watch Now content from your instant queue, but now it also allows the user to rent movies from Amazon Video On Demand. Amazon offers over 40,000 movies and TV shows online. Netflix has about 12,000 titles online. Amazon has more big-name titles Netflix doesn’t have rights to stream.

Netflix Roku player front

Rentals start at $0.99 for TV programs, and $1.99 for movies. Roku also claims you can purchase films for as little as $5.99, but I don’t know how the little box is supposed to store the content as it only has enough storage to buffer online streams. Perhaps the video streams and stays in your Amazon video library indefinitely. (I wonder what happens when a studio pulls streaming rights from Amazon for a title you “own.”)

This cheap ($99) player looks more attractive every day.

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