The Roku LT earned an Editors' Choice as the best media streamer for less than $50. It delivers Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, Pandora, Crackle, and literally hundreds of other online video and audio channels. If Dad can live without iTunes and YouTube, this one is a no-brainer.
- Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
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Starting at: $49.99
The good: The Roku LT is a small streaming-media box that costs only $50. It offers hundreds of streaming-video and -audio services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Vudu, Spotify, Pandora, Mog, Rdio, and MLB.TV. Roku also offers cross-platform search, capable of finding content across major streaming services. And the LT also supports older TVs via its analog video output.
The bad: For those invested in the Apple ecosystem, the Roku LT doesn't offer the same tight integration as the Apple TV's AirPlay functionality. The Roku LT also lacks a YouTube channel. And there's no Ethernet port, so you'll need a solid Wi-Fi signal in your home theater.
The bottom line: The Roku LT is a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming content -- including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora -- for just $50.
May 8, 2012 1:33 PM PDT
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