Roku’s Netflix Player Gets Instant HD and a New Channel Home Screen

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The day many of you Netflix Player by Roku owners have been waiting for has arrived. As of this week your favorite little $99 box will now support Instant HD video streaming from Netflix. In addition, Roku has added a new home screen that in the future will become your gateway to third party content. Below is Roku’s “What’s New” message providing a summary of what’s to come. (Anyone else think the device is due for a name change?) [via]

By now you’ve discovered our new home screen. This screen will become your launching pad for a number of great new channels that will begin to appear on your player in early 2009. In addition to the hugely popular Netflix channel, you’ll see movie channels, TV channels, web video and more! We’ve also upgraded your player to support an advanced video format that will deliver better video quality, especially over Internet connections. Finally, your player is now fully HD compatible. If you have an HDTV, select ‘update display type’ below to get the full HD experience. (Tip: visit for HD movies from Netflix.)

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