"Roku3..What I've Been Waiting For..."4.5 starson by teleonard52
Pros: Super easy setup - LOTS of excellent content - No brainer to use - Picture quality is outstanding!
Cons: Wish it had all the major vendor channels...like the new Redbox Instant that Redbox and Verizon just made available.
Summary: I have waited a few years for ROKU to advance and when I saw the new features in this version I decided it was time to go for it! Both my Samsung TV and Blue Ray players have the web "apps" built in and they work. BUT...it's a pain in the neck to try to move from app-to-app with both of those. I especially found trying to login to my Amazon Prime Videos a pain...had to load Yahoo then hunt for it...which means I rarely watched anything there. As I'm either lazy or just can't handle poor designs...I just wasn't willing to live with the "free" interface I have with those devices. So...in comes my Roku 3 last Friday to hopefully provide me the solution I was hoping for.
Installation was a no-brainer...pick an HDMI port on my Pioneer reciever, plug it, add power...then go through the activation with the ROKU website. Fortunately I had my ASUS Zenbook handy so I didn't have to run back and forth to/from my office to do the ROKU and several of the channels' activation code inputs. Within about 10 minutes of unpacking I was up and operational! The interface is "sweet"...very obvious so anyone will feel comfy with it. The screens are vivid and colorful, so all feels nice. When loading a channel the response is nearly immediate! I was really impressed with how quickly most of the HD content (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) started up...not sure how much memory is in the ROKU but it seems to do a great job, for most channels, of buffering your content so you get a seemless view. My wife and I spent several hours enjoying the content over the weekend...to the point I got the "Wife Stamp Of Approval"...no small deal! ;-)
I can recommend the purchase and use of the ROKU 3 based on my experience. At $99.95 it's a fair deal for what you get and is definitely a very nice addition to my home entertainment system!!