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Netflix Inside: A Comprehensive List of Netflix Streaming Devices

At a Glance

Xbox 360 Elite, the premier Xbox 360 console package that includes a massive 120GB hard drive, a HDMI port and like all Xbox 360 consoles and a premium black finish.

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TiVo HD

4.5/5

At a Glance

This inexpensive TiVo records high-definition programming--even ones on scrambled channels, thanks to its two CableCard slots.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • One of only two non-cable-company CableCard DVRs

Cons

  • Some operations are a bit lethargic
  • E-SATA port for external storage isn't enabled
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The Samsung BD-P1600 has an annoying front-panel cover, but otherwise offers terrific color performance, and even has streaming video options.

Price when rated: $200

Pros

  • Very good imaging on Blu-ray discs
  • Very good imaging on Blu-ray discs
  • Netflix and Pandora streaming
  • Netflix and Pandora streaming

Cons

  • Annoying flap covers front panel controls
  • Disappointing imaging on DVDs
  • Annoying flap covers front panel controls
  • Disappointing imaging on DVDs
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At a Glance

A terrific picture, a responsive interface, and plenty of streaming goodness make the LG BD370 a terrific player, despite a few shortcomings.

Price when rated: $200
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Pros

  • Fantastic Blu-ray image quality
  • Fantastic Blu-ray image quality
  • CinemaNow, Netflix On Demand, and YouTube
  • Speedy startup
  • Speedy startup
  • CinemaNow, Netflix On Demand and YouTube

Cons

  • Annoying front panel
  • Disappointing DVD image quality
  • Annoying front panel
  • Disappointing DVD image quality
  • Difficult-to-use remote control
  • Difficult-to-use remote control
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At a Glance

The Sony Bravia 40W5100 isn't just an HDTV with a very good picture--it's a 40-inch window to the Internet.

Price when rated: $1100

Pros

  • Incredible Internet options
  • Incredible Internet options
  • Very good picture quality
  • Very good picture quality

Cons

  • Disappointing sound
  • Bad overscan
  • Disappointing sound
  • Bad overscan
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At a Glance

The LG 42LH50 provides great connected features, above-average image quality, and good looks for a moderate price.

Price when rated: $1100

Pros

  • Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube support
  • Above-average image quality, design, and usability
  • Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube support
  • Above-average image quality, design, and usability

Cons

  • Full manual only on CD or online
  • Full manual only on CD or online
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Where to buy

At a Glance

Slim-line game console system stands out for its value, versatility, and options, and rates 4.5 stars for its efforts. As a Blu-ray player, it rates 3.5 stars; the Blu-ray disc images it outputs are good, but not as pleasing as those on our top-performing stand-alone players, making it a good Blu-ray value only if you also want to play PlayStation 3 games.

Lowest price: $5.00 via Best Buy

Pros

  • Smaller and lighter
  • Quieter and more energy-efficient

Cons

  • Only two USB ports instead of four
  • Backward compatibility is limited to PS1 games
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Roku HD-XR

4.5/5

At a Glance

The Roku HD-XR does a superb job of delivering high-def video from Netflix, Amazon, MLB.TV, and several smaller services to your HDTV, either via ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Pros

  • Simple, intuitive interface
  • Affordable and compact

Cons

  • No support for YouTube, Hulu, and Vudu
  • No HD video or ethernet cables included
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Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple, intuitive interface

Cons

  • No 802.11n support
  • No HD video support
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At a Glance

Great Blu-ray images and the best networking and streaming we've seen to date on a Blu-ray Disc player justify the LG BD390’s lofty price.

Price when rated: $300

Pros

  • Very fast startup
  • Very fast startup
  • CinemaNow, Netflix, YouTube, and DLNA streaming
  • Fantastic Blu-ray image quality
  • Fantastic Blu-ray image quality
  • CinemaNow, Netflix, YouTube, and DLNA streaming

Cons

  • Disappointing DVD image quality
  • Disappointing DVD image quality
  • Difficult-to-use remote control
  • Difficult-to-use remote control
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At a Glance

The Samsung BD-P3600 delivers great-looking images and Internet streaming. But it should be a lot easier to use than it is in practice.

Price when rated: $300

Pros

  • Extremely fast operation
  • Extremely fast operation
  • Superior Blu-ray images
  • Superior Blu-ray images

Cons

  • Difficult networking setup
  • Physically clumsy
  • Difficult networking setup
  • Physically clumsy
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At a Glance

The Insignia NS-WBRDVD offers excellent image quality, wireless connectivity, and a pleasing Netflix interface, but it also stumbles in its Wi-Fi setup.

Pros

  • Starts up very fast
  • Wi-Fi connection for BD-Live and streaming
  • Very good remote
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Wi-Fi difficult to set up
  • Noisy operation
  • Clumsy at displaying image slideshows
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