Hands-on with the Roku XDS streaming media player

Hands-on with the Roku XDS streaming media player

Summary: Roku just announced three new streaming media players to replace their lineup dating back to late 2009. The new players all have integrated wireless capabilities with 720p and 1080p (top two models) support. Roku currently has over 85 channels of content for you to enjoy and you will never be bored again with your TV and a Roku player.

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  • Roku just announced three new streaming media players to replace their lineup dating back to late 2009. The new players all have integrated wireless capabilities with 720p and 1080p (top two models) support. Roku currently has over 85 channels of content for you to enjoy and you will never be bored again with your TV and a Roku player. Check out the full review for more information.

  • You will find the Roku player, A/V cable, A/C adapter, remote control, and AAA batteries in the retail package.

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  • Used the Original Roku for 1 -year. NOT RELIABLE

    Device won't play over 20 minutes of NBC video podcasts, new apps don't work if you have more that 20 or so apps, there is no parental control function, no multi-user optimizations. Not good for our home daycare. I have a feeling Apple will have this one in the bag.
    nycnikato
  • I LOOOOVE MY ROKU!

    The Roku is great. It is the centerpiece of my entertainment center. I got rid of any disc-based media (except for my Turntable and Vinyl, of course). There are tons of great movies/TV shows on Netflix. If I want to see a new release, I just hop over to the Amazon channel. But, what gets about 50% of my use is the great music apps. Pandora and Shoutcast are great. Sound wonderful through my stereo system. Plus, MP3 TUNES allowed me to upload my own music to my "Music Locker" so their available to stream on the MP3 TUNES Roku channel. There are no other STBs that offer such a variety of options for streaming music without the need for a tangible medium for storage. I love it. And now, for $59.99!!! Unbelievable value!!! Don't even bother with the higher end models. The USB port is becoming moot, IMO. You can upload your music to MP3 TUNES or your video to VIMEO or YouTube. Yes, it has a VIMEO app!!!
    tooleyoclock
  • Roku is good but Apple may be better.

    I have had a Roku for a while and had no problems with it. I love that the remote was easy enough for my two year to figure out and I could use my iTouch to control the Roku from the other room. Useful if one Dora the Explorer goes off and you're busy washing dishes or such and can't go running to flick the next episode on. Netflix on the Roku has been really great and recently I have been able to stream content off my home network attached storage device which is great.

    While I don't have any issues with Roku I think that at some point Apple is going to open the new Apple TV up to developers and we'll see iOS apps being ported over to it. Essentially it'll do everything Roku does, be a game console, and so much more. I recently gave my Roku to my parents as they liked it so much and was going to buy myself a new Roku but now I'm seriously considering an Apple TV instead.

    Netflix on any device needs help. It's such a great service but continues to be crippled by a bad interface and limited features. I'd like to see a channel-like interface similar to Pandora where I could define a few basic guidelines, such as age level appropriateness, choose a couple genres or shows to get it started, and then it'd use my positive/negative rating to shape future viewing. And why is there no way to select shows by holiday? I wanted to find Halloween episodes of my daughters favorite cartoons and it's a big chore to do.
    MikeFM