Roku Streaming Player is a line of affordable devices that bring your TV into the connected world. The device is about the size of a drink coaster and connects to your home internet via wifi or ethernet, allowing you to stream Full HD quality videos form a variety of internet sites such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus.
|Stream content from Netflix to your television|
Roku provided a HuluPlus trial account to test with the device, and it was easy to link the Hulu Account with the Roku player. In about 30 seconds, I was able to watch a controversial Glee episode (the one that got Republicans up in arms. The full quality HD with limited commercial interruption was certainly nice.
Other content includes a Roku NewsCaster channel with content from Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and others. I was able to immediately bring up the current episode of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. The NBC Nightly News was technically a podcast from the internet, so it wasn’t full HDTV quality. Same thing for some of the CBS feeds as well. Some of the other news content is also “audio-only.” In this respect, Roku is at the mercy of what the networks are willing to post on the internet. Roku has done a nice job finding what’s out there and organizing it for you in an elegant and non-frustrating way.
|Yes, you can even play Angry Birds through Roku.|
Roku does have the ability to play content directly connected via USB. This would be useful for playing videos stored on a flash drive, or perhaps a memory card adapter from your digital camera or camcorder. I pulled a particularly nasty trick on the Roku and plugged in a 1.5TB hard drive containing tons if MP3s and photos. I doubt this was an intended use, but I wanted to see what would happen. It wasn’t fast, but it worked. It scanned the drive many times, but I was able to navigate the hard drive’s folder structure, and in a minute or two, I was blasting old school Run DMC from the TV with album art. Nice!
|Roku’s affordable options are priced from $59-99|
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