updated 07:20 am EST, Fri February 6, 2009
Roku's Amazon VOD beta
After previous announcements of Amazon collaborating with Roku to provide Video On Demand video service via the Roku Digital Video Player, the service has now entered a private beta, according to a statement by Roku itself. Expected to show in a 2.0 update, no confirmation has been given in regards to if the update will also include YouTube access, or if the VOD will also be offered in HD. Already streaming video from Netflix, Roku is continuing to expand its media and will offer more than 40,000 movies and TV shows through Amazon.
Currently, Roku's small five-inch-square media hub provides over 10,000 movies online solely through Netflix and so requires a regular subscription to use; Amazon would let hub owners pay only for the movies they intend to watch and is part of a larger Roku strategy to make the device independent of any one service. [via Zatz Not Funny]