The 40,000 films and TV episodes on the menu at Amazon Video on Demand now can be ordered via the digital video player Roku.
The $99 black box already streams Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” offerings of primarily catalog films and shows. The Amazon VOD is a solid upgrade, since the service often goes day-and-date with Hollywood’s DVD releases.
Amazon, of course, now sells the Roku Streaming Player, but you’re still getting it from the manufacturer. Amazon’s usual shipping freebies don’t apply.
The software updates for existing Roku owners are expected this week, the companies said in a press releases about the online video deal.
Beta testers have praised the quality of images but criticized the search functions. Roku users seem to be a happy bunch, except for the lack of Hulu compatibility.
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