I love my Roku. I want to start with that so there is no confusion. I've been the proud owner of a Roku since 2010 (thanks Uncle Mike) and just upgraded to the Roku 2 XD. And today we've teamed up with the wonderful people at Roku to bring the CNET Exclusives' audience an unbeatable deal on a Roku bundle.
The Roku is a fantastic streaming media device that allows you watch content from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Pandora, and the list goes on and on. With an assortment of free and paid services, the Roku 2 XD is perfect for anyone without a Smart TV.
The Roku 2 XD comes from a family of major winners on CNET -- the LT took home an Editors' Choice Award this month and is listed in the Holiday Gift Guide as a best streaming video box for gifting, while the HD makes the cut as best gift under $100. The Roku 2 XS won an Editors' Choice Award in August 2011.
Following that pedigree, the Roku 2 XD does not disappoint. Installation was a snap. Power it up, plug it into your TV, and connect to your network. From there it was simple to follow the onscreen instructions and browse channels to add to your dashboard. Make sure to get the free CNET TV App and stay up to date on all of your favorite CNET content! I use mine for CNET, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon, MLB.TV, and more. Another excellent feature for those of you who, like me, often lose remotes, is the mobile app. Once you are connected to the same wireless network as your Roku device, your iPhone can be used as a remote or a discovery engine for new apps. You can also use it for evil by changing channels from around the corner to mess with your roommate.
Just to sweeten the pot, those wonderful people at Roku I mentioned before are offering the CNET audience a Roku 2XD for $69.99 with two months of free Hulu Plus, an HDMI cord, and free shipping! This deal launches November 15, at 8 a.m. PT and runs until November 22, at 11:59 p.m. PT or while our limited supply lasts. Don't miss out on this amazing offer! Grab one for yourself or as a stocking stuffer for anyone without a Smart TV today.
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Liza Maloy isn't a CNET editor, but she has a pretty fun job: She's the CNET Marketplace associate partnership manager, which means she hunts high and low for tech bargains to bring to the CNET audience. Each week, she blogs about deep discounts she brokers. Whenever she can, she gets discounts on products CNET Editors love.