updated 02:00 pm EST, Mon January 5, 2009
Amazon intros VOD service
Amazon.com announced on Monday that it has teamed up with Roku to offer Amazon Video On Demand video service via the Roku Digital Video Player. Roku already streams movies from Netflix and will now give its users access to more than 40,000 movies, including new releases, and TV shows offered by Amazon.com. Other than via the Roku player, Amazon's VOD service can already sync with PCs and Macs, TiVo set-top boxes and Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link.
Users will be able to watch their H.264-encoded selections instantly, not having to wait for downloads, as the service detects a user's connection speed and plays back the best quality file at 300, 600, 900 or 1200Kbps. There is no subscription fee, as the movies and shows are individually priced. Roku Players have a built-in Wi-Fi module for connecting to the Internet, while integrating it with a home theater setup can be done over HDMI, component video, composite video, or S-video with stereo audio or optical audio connections.