Set Top Box Review – Is ROKU the Best? Part 2 of 3

  • May 3, 2011
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Set Top Box Review – Is ROKU the Best? Part 2 of 3

In this 3 part blog series I compare my favorite set top boxes. In this post I review ROKU which is my pick for #1 set top box. ROKU unlike Boxee does not require you to download content in order to get entertainment to your flat screen TV. I have a ROKU and love it! You simply plug the ROKU in, enter your wireless network details, and you’re off the races. Of course the best part about any set top box is Netflix so be sure to subscribe.

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Roku was founded last October 2002 as a consumer electronics company that sells home digital media products. Currently, the company’s recent consumer products includes the Roku SoundBridge, a network music player and the SoundBridge Radio, a network music player with built-in speaker, AM-FM receiver, alarm clock, preset buttons, SD slot and headphone jack.

Instead of paying monthly fees just to add a cable box for your tv at homes or offices, some prefer to use the Roku devices that offers only a single price for a unlimited usage. Today, they are currently introducing three new models namely the Roku HD, Roku XD and Roku XDS. The Roku Hd is an entry-level model with wireless raio; Roku XD is a mid-level and Roku XDS is a high-end dual- band wireless technology. All of these three models have HDML, ethernet, composite video and analog video ports. This new Roku HD is sleeker and smaller than the original one.

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In the box you can find the Roku player, remote control, a 2-AAA batteries, power adapter, red/yellow/white RCA cable and a manual for you to guide on how to use the device. The good thing about Roku devices is that they are affordable and streams more than a hundred internet video and audio services, works with all kinds of tv including the non- HD models and has a good HD video quality. On the other hand, the bad sides is that most worthwhile services required a monthly fee and some game consoles and ever cheaper offer many of the  same internet viewing options plus disc playback, which currently offers no official support for streaming from USB drives and home network sources; the videos quality may varies from channel to channel, depending on the provider and the source of material; most of the setup and content queues usually require at least some PC interaction and lacks official support of YouTube. YouTube is one of ROKU’s major drawbacks in my opinion. It’s cheap, easy, and super fast to hook up. ROKU my #1 set top box pick!

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NetFlix, Introduces Roku TV Boxes

  • May 20, 2008
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I currently subscribe to NetFlix because of the high value they offer. For only $16.99 a month I rent 3 DVDs at a time with no monthly limit! I can also watch hundreds of movies from my PC at no additional cost through Now comes another groundbreaking way for me to enjoy my subscription in a 5-inch-by-5-inch device from the California startup Roku. The device downloads movies from the NetFlix web site and delivers them to your TV. For the 8.2 subscribers that would like this extra it will cost them $99 for the set top box. Once you hook up the device you’ll be able to unlimitedly stream over 10,000 movies. Best part of all you only need to have the $8.99 subscription to enjoy this service. Early reviews look promising, CrunchGear: “This is one of the most elegant and surprisingly usable dedicated devices I’ve seen in a long time. Unlike, say, the Kindle, everything here is almost perfect. As the literal incarnation of a web service, the Netflix Player by Roku is a true gem.” Visit






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