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Roku XDS Streaming Player – The Future of TV

The Roku streaming player truly is an impressive device. While not necessarily a replacement, the Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p is serious alternative to cable TV. If your tired of cable TV prices this is the product for you. My motivation to buy Roku came from high cable bills.

This small device streams movies, TV shows, music, and other entertainment to your TV via the Internet. Since Roku streams video, it provides instant access to a huge library of entertainment without having to use a computer or store files locally on a hard drive.

There are free and premium entertainment channels on Roku. Free channels include music services (like Pandora, RadioTime), major network news (Roku Newscaster), original programming on current events and culture (Revision3, Twit.tv), photo and video sharing (Flickr, Facebook Photos, Vimeo), and much more.

Premium channels include subscription movie, TV, sports, and music services (like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Pandora) and on-demand services (Amazon Video On Demand). Many of these channels offer free trials or make parts of their service available for free. I’d recommend signing up for the free trials of these services and poking around.

Hulu plus is nice and worth the money for sure. When you subscribe to shows on Hulu, when there is a new episode it goes in your queue. The shows take a day to hit.

Crackle is free and hosts a lot of classic shows and some movies. The USB player can play your mp3 collection, photos, and even movies. Roku is an open source device so anyone can make a channel. Do a search and there is some cool stuff out there. “Nowhere TV” is one of the best.

There are so many options on how to connect the Roku xds streaming player 1080p to your TV witch allows you to move the Roku box around in the house and attach it to other TV’s. Even if your old TV only has red-white-yellow connectors you can connect Roku to it.

Setup of this device took only minutes and the picture is awesome on my 1080p LCD. The Roku has composite, component and HDMI outputs; only composite cables are furnished. You’ll have to buy an HDMI cable if you want to use the HDMI output. HDMI cables are much cheaper from amazon than a local store where they tend to be pricey.

The ROKU XDS Streaming Player 1080p is the top of the line Roku player and features the latest wireless technology (B/N/G compatible), as well as Ethernet, and USB.

The wireless networking on the device is extended-range dual-band 802.11n (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and backward compatible with b/g routers with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support. If wireless isn’t an option for you, the unit has an Ethernet port.

The physical installation using the provided installation instructions and a separately purchased HDMI cable was straight-forward. The set-up option chosen was “wireless” using my existing router, rather than poking a hole through the wall.

You will, of course, need a 802.11n router to take advantage of 5GHz 802.11n’s. You also need fast high-speed Internet. 3Mbps is a good minimum for streaming 720p HD and 6Mbps is probably preferable if you share your internet connection with family. According to the user’s guide there’s no power button and the unit is always on when connected to a power source. This makes me curious about power consumption.

During playback (using WiFi or Ethernet) the power consumption is a modest 6 to 7 watts, and when screen saver is in standby mode the power consumption is 5 watts.

However, there is no cooling fan so it is as quiet as a church mouse.

The remote control operates excellent and also fairly quickly. Navigating any stations is without a doubt quite simple, despite the fact that I think it is much easier to perform a heavy research associated with Netflix upon my personal PC. It is quite simple to use if you’re technology experienced. If you’re not, there’ll be an understanding contour in comparison to common TV. However once you understand exactly what exhibits tend to be upon that channels, it is truly fairly simple.

Bottom line

The Roku is the best streaming device out there now because of all the free content there is on it. What’s more, the channel lineup should only get even better in the future as Roku developers and individuals keep working on content. At this price too, it’s a very good deal.

Can You Play Movies on Your Xbox?

What can be more enlightening than being able to stay home and watch movies on the same game system that you play games on? Eliminating even the very need for even a DVD player…now you can from the very existence of your Xbox.

This is by far one of the best things that Microsoft has added as a feature to the Xbox even when it first released in the stores. This feature enables those of us that either don’t have a DVD player to play movies on or just like to stay at home to build a movie collection to entertain ourselves and others. Many get so caught up into playing the actual video games and forget the added depth of the movie capability. Movies have seemingly become a big entertainment additive in many homes and consumers lives today. What more of a benefit can you have than a game system that brings you multiple channels of entertainment and helps you save money down the road? Also, the new Xbox 360 has even more exciting features when it comes to playing movies on the game system. Not only can you play DVD movies on this newer, whisper-quiet Xbox 360, but you also have built-in wi-fi capabilities. The built-in wi-fi enables you to be able to have an internet broadband provider and subscribe to Netflix for a small fee of $7.99 a month and live stream or download as many movies that you like! You do it all right from your wireless Xbox joystick or remote control (Xbox remote control is sold separately). So, that also adds again another excellent feature and puts you in control.

Now, if you already have a Netflix account you don’t have to wait on the delivery of certain DVD movies by mail anymore. All you would have to do is log onto Xbox Live internet through your Xbox 360, scroll through your dashboard, click on Netflix (which by the way already comes with the Xbox package when you purchase it), find the movie that you desire, click play and It will live stream it to your Xbox. Also, you may purchase what is called “Xbox Live Points” which gives you two more options to either “purchase” or “download’ the movies directly to your Xbox 360 hard drive so later on you can watch it again and again. So, with the live stream, purchase or download feature that gives you 3 movie options of your choice! And for you HD lovers another added bonus is that the movies are played in HD 1080p! So, in conclusion for those who really love to stay at home and are looking for a new technological way to watch movies and save money…the Xbox 360 is for you.

Embed Flash Movie HTML Tool – Embedding Movies in Just Minutes!

Embed Flash Movie HTML Tool – is it really necessary for any Webmaster to have one? Webvideo is proven to be one of the most effective ways to increase your Site(s) conversion rate. Let’s quickly take a look and see how this advanced tool enables you to quickly create streaming movie files.

Short background

Embed Flash Movie HTML Tool rewrites and converts your original videos into a special Web display format called .FLV Flash-Video. Now comes the easy part where you need to add a short html code onto your html page(s), then all you have to do is adding these new files onto your Website’s Webserver. By the way you have just created streaming webvideos – they are instantly displayed by the viewer as they arrive.

What is in it for us?

This technology undoubtedly provides several important advantages:

* Enables you to redirect visitors to your newsletter registration page.

* Easily upload training or demo-videos to promote your products or services.

* It enables you to be more creative and persuasive.

* Automatically download and convert YouTube videos to play on your Website(s).

* Videomarketing is more viral than plain content marketing.

There are probably many other advantages provided by this technology, simply because it opens up various opportunities for almost any of us.

Summary

Embed Flash Movie HTML Tool is a ‘must have’ tool for any Webmaster, beginner or professional, who understands that plain text by itself just isn’t enough to promote an online business these days. The first step you need to take is to run it live on your computers in order for you to enjoy the benefits that it offers.