Yesterday the Netflix Player by Roku was launched and positively reviewed by several sites. Somehow the hype of the little video streaming box now goes beyond positive reviews and reaches Apple hype levels.
The NY Times calls the Netflix Player the First Shot of the Revolution. Quote: "The future of video is Internet streaming to the television. This is a bold statement, but I think the Netflix Player proves all the essential concepts. If a TV, with a handful of extra chips, can provide an experience as satisfying as the Netflix Player can, why do we need any other form of video distribution?"
ArsTechnica titles their Roku Netflix Player coverage with "A win for digital distribution as Netflix set-top box debuts". Quote: "For the rest of the industry, the Netflix Player and its streaming subscription model is an entirely new headache for traditional rental outlets like Blockbuster, and perhaps even DVD retailers everywhere. It's also something that the iTunes Store and Zune Marketplace's new video section will need to deal with."
The BBC News calls the Roku box: "Web-to-TV Revolution". Quote: "The Netflix Player by Roku has one simple aim at the moment and that is to let you watch movies on your TV that have been delivered to you via the internet."
If all plays out well, Netflix could be disrupting the next business, seeing how they changed how we rent DVDs.
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