Introducing the Roku 2!
by Mark R
I had a chance to try out the Roku a while ago, and I am not certain whether version 2.0 is long overdue. According to the official site, this next version is “smaller and more fun than ever”.
In case you are not familiar with the Roku, it is a streaming device that allows the user to enjoy movies, TV shows, live sports, music, and games. When I tried version one, it was connected to Netflix and my home network.
This version has 300 channels, Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Hulu Plus, Crackle, YouTube, and much more on the video front. On the audio front, it streams from Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, and the user can buy subscriptions for NBA, NHL, and UFC sports coverage. This smaller version fits in the palm of one’s hand.
Roku 2 is also made for gaming as it can connect to a motion sensor equipped Bluetooth remote that works like a Wiimote. It is perfect for the Rovio Angry Birds channel, and this specially made remote control costs about $30.
As for the Roku 2, the HD costs $59.99 but is limited to 720p. The XD goes to full 1080p, and costs $79.99. The XS has a wired Ethernet port, USB port to playback video, music, and photos from a storage device, a game controller remote, and a complimentary copy of Angry Birds for $99.99.