For those who disdain DVDs and won’t watch movies on computers, there are perfectly passable devices that get streaming video from Netflix to your TV, Nick Wingfield writes in the Wall Street Journal after testing an LG Blu-ray player, the Xbox game console, and a purpose-built device from Roku. All are easy to set up, if not cheap, and deliver something near DVD quality.
Netflix’s online catalog is slim, but will likely grow. Most of the devices work on wired networks, though the Roku Netflix Player has built-in Wi-Fi. At less than $100, it’s the best value if you intend only to watch movies via the Web. For ease of use, though, the Xbox leads the pack due to a recent software upgrade. All require a Netflix subscription.