It's like a game console that doesn't play games. And some of us like it like that.
People always say, why a Roku? Why not a PS3 or a Wii? They stream video and play games. Those people don't know about my past. They don't know that I'm a recovered World of Warcraft addict.
I've learned, in my ongoing sessions with Dr. Krylon, that it's important to know your own strength of will. And I'm just not strong enough to look under my television, see a game console with a CD-rom slot, and not be able to insert a WoW disc. Maybe someday I will be, but it's going to take time and effort. Also, maybe medication to numb the muscles in my thumbs, making the game impossible if I even try to play, but Dr. Krylon doesn't know if that's necessary.
So, anyway, until I'm ready, it's the Roku life for me. And really, it's not all that bad. After all, it can stream Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Instant Video (all in up to 1080p!) on my TV using my high-speed internet connection. But what really counts is that it helps me lead a healthy, MMOPRG-free lifestyle. Instead, I can fill my time by just watching movies like Mazes and Monsters, Darkon, or The Wild Hunt.
And sure, maybe I watch these movies over and over, and maybe I've memorized every character's every move, and maybe, just maybe, I hold a video game controller and hit the buttons at just the right time so it feels like I'm controlling them. But hey, everyone's got their own quirky movie ritual right?Authorized for SquareTrade Extended Warranty
Warranty: 90 Day Roku
- Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV.
- Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more.
- Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists.
- Watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming.
- Start watching movies on your TV in seconds using your high-speed Internet connection
- Works with any TV - up to 1080p. Roku delivers biggest and best streaming video experience you can get
- Built-in wireless (extended-range Wireless-N) and wired Internet connectivity
- Simply connect to your TV and to your high-speed Internet service. Does not require PC for streaming
- Instant Replay button, so you can skip back instantly in 10 second jumps. It's the only streaming player that can do it.
- Roku is constantly expanding its library of streaming entertainment, so there will always be something new to watch
Setting up Roku is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Plug it in. Roku is compatible with virtually any TV
2. Add it to your home network. Whether your home is wireless or wired, the helpful on-screen instructions make it a cinch.
3. Enjoy! Choose your entertainment, and control it with the handy remote
What you need:
To use Roku, you need a high speed Internet connection with a speed of at least 1.2 Mbps (such as mid-level DSL). For HD video, we recommend 5 Mbps (if you're not sure what your speed is, go to www.speedtest.net and run the simple test). Note that not all content partners enable HD or 1080p streaming video. You may also need a wireless or wired router if you cannot connect Roku directly to your cable or DSL modem
In the box:
- Roku XD
- Composite A/V Cable
- AC adapter
- (2) AAA Batteries
- Getting Started Guide