Netflix Streaming Now Works In the VIs
Netflix streaming now works in the VIs or at least St Croix. What a nice 4 of July weekend bonus! 🙂
Yes, it does work here. I received an email from them yesterday saying it was now available. ! My husband and I were so excited we watched a disturbing episode of South Park on instant play! Yeah! The DVDs are great, but, in between DVDs now we have the option to watch instantly! At least until WAPA figures out how to charge us for it! 😀
FWIW, if you can't wait you can get a Roku at Radioshack. Last time I checked they were in stock and $99 which is about $20 more than direct order but may be worth it on a rainy weekend! I use one on our bedroom TV and enjoy it, I use an XBOX 360 on my main TV for Netflix and that works well too.
Thanks for the kind words SunnyCaribe!
Could someone forward the email from Netflix to me please.
Dish Network recently purchased Blockbuster. The plan is to offer over 100,000 movies on demand. They currently only offer mail service to the VI. I want to be sure they're aware of Netflix opening this market so maybe they can follow suit.
Disclaimer: For those of you that don't know we are an Authorized Dish Network Retailer in the VI.
I didn't get the e-mail either. Is it because I have the Sprint modem (which always allowed Netflix streaming, but was way too slow) or because I switched back to the $5/month plan because I couldn't stream? They have my VI mailing address, so they should have sent all of us the notice to encourage us to do more streaming or upgrade our plans. Very poor marketing IMO.
Our days of getting DVDs by mail will probably soon be a thing of the past. Where's our new broadband when I need it????
It allows you to resume playing whatever you stopped watching , later. Roku also has many free channels on the box to select. Crackle has free TV shows and films too. Much more as well. HULU Plus at 7.99 a month has MANY films and shows. All on ROKU. It connects to the internet cable and then TV, You can get a Cisco router outlet box to connect 4-5 things, then on to the TV with a long enough cable, which ROKU sends if order direct from them. EASY.
I think I read incorrectly what ms411 did, but at the time it sounded like she had a stateside sprint internet account that allowed her to stream here.
Roku is just a box that has netflix, pandora and about 10 or so other apps on it, but new tv have those built in as well as the new dvd players so I don't see the point of roku. I already have a xbox 360, dvr, & apple tv so it seems redundant. You can also easily hook up your tv to a computer or just use a sling type device.
Go to Roku's web site to get the details on how a Roku box works and all the commercial programming available. It has many additional channels available besides Netflix. People are continuously creating both public and private channels available using a Roku. Some are free and others require a subscription.
One advantage of a Roku is that it has WiFi built in. No adapter required. (It also has a built in Ethernet jack.) Simple hookup, plug the Roku in and run an HDMI cable from it to your TV. (Also supports a composite connection using RCA type cables.)
If you decide you want a Roku you can order their XD model for $79.95 directly from Roku with free shipping by priority mail to the Virgin Islands.
How it will work for you may depend on your internet download speed and how stable your internet connection is. Roku recommends a minimum download speed of 1.2 Mbs. Not that Netflix offers much HD programming, but if they did the download speeds in the VI don't support it anyway.
The Roku comes with a thirty day free trial so if you don't like it or it doesn't work for you then you can return the Roku.