Roku 2 Gets 1080p HD Netflix Streams, Previous Models Won’t

With all the excitement around Roku’s latest Roku 2 players, which features 1080p Netflix streaming with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 pass-through audio, it turns out there was a small bit of disappointing news that didn’t make the headlines. According to Roku’s Director of Product Management, “these new encodings will not be supported on previous generation Roku players.” In other words, your Roku XD|S, a 1080p and Dolby Digital capable device with dual-band Wi-Fi, won’t be getting a firmware update to enable 1080p Netflix viewing. It will remain limited to 720p. Don’t feel that’s right? Voice your objection to [via]

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