Pros Smooth operation in Netflix, large library through Amazon VOD, Pandora through my home theater system sounded great
Cons Main menu can be sluggish, lost wifi settings, no Youtube support, majority of "channels" require a subscription, finding a specific channel can be a challenge, no Hulu plus support
Summary If all you do is watch streaming Netflix, the Roku players won't let you down. I owned mine a week before I returned it (found out they were releasing three new models...) and the interface is pretty easy to use, if not a bit sluggish when it is first loading up. It lost my wifi settings once or twice when I was first setting it up and wouldn't work at one point because of a service issue regarding the Roku channels. The remote is dead simple to use but I do with there was a power button available instead of just letting it go into a sleep/hibernate mode.
Overall, a very good player but for what my wife and I wanted to do, the Roku player didnt fit the bill. When we had it, we realized we wanted disc playback abilities, the option to surf the internet, facebook, youtube, etc and figured a HTPC would fit the bill much better on our HDTV.
Pros Small physical footprint
Low power consumption
Produces surprisingly good HD video
Good client for LOTS of internet-based media services.
Glitch free, intuitive user interface.
Cons While Roku is a good client for Internet media servers, it's EPIC FAIL as a client for my in-home media servers. Duh.
There's no on/off switch.
Summary Broadcast TV is a social disgrace. Cable/Satellite TV is clinically dead. M2M (Media 2 ME) is king.....and Roku is a good M2M device. But.........
My TV does all the same stuff, so does my Blu-Ray player, so does my laptop, so does my desktop, so does my Android phone. Roku could have chosen to be a KILLER APP box, but in the end, chose to be just another of dozens of emerging internet client appliances. There is nothing to recommend Roku over the others...except that they are early to market. I bought two Rokus and have since sold them both. Save your money until Roku wakes up and smells the "what the public really wants" coffee. If they figure it out how to client my in-home media, buy all the Roku stock you can.
Pros I bought the Roku with the intentions of either cancelling cable or downgrading to basic. My daughter watches Netflix almost exclusively, and I watch most of my current shows on Hulu using my Hulu Plus account. There are other little channels, like HGTV a
Cons Sometimes when I watch on HULU and I try to pause a show, I get some weird issues, like picture in picture and its all out of sinc. Not sure if that's user error or not! but other than that, I have no issues with it. Maybe more channels?
Summary To lower my cable bill, and try to keep my family from watching so much mindless TV, I bought this device. So far it is doing exactly what I want! Oh and I forgot to mention being able to stream Pandora, LOVE that as well. Great product for a non techy like me!
Pros Only pro item: the device is the best way right now to view Amazon content.
Apple TV doesn't provide this.
Cons Clunky interface, primitive networking, slow response on a fast network, very limited content, extra cost for other channels have no value due to lack of worthwhile content, and NO technical or billing support from Roku beyond basic hardware functions.
Summary I purchased the Roku HD and Apple TV at the same time to do a head-to-head comparison and was really disappointed in the Roku player, technology, execution and support. The Roku device fails on almost every level! Interface is awkward, clunky and primitive. Search features are very basic and almost useless. Additional channel content is sorely lacking. This cannot be the future of video streaming or video on demand.
Support was non existent, despite the website and phone numbers. Call center is in India and emails to Roku go unanswered for months, literally.
This market is still evolving so hope springs eternal, but for now, Roku is a second class citizen in the game.
Here is why Apple TV is better and the device leader, for now:
1. interface and navigation between home and sub menus is smoother, more intuitive and smarter.
2. Search functions are better than Roku (especially when comparing Netflix channel).
3. The remote works better, easy to use.
4. The device has the ability to sleep (Roku suggests unplugging their device to turn it off).
"great device"on by alleriodrone
Pros great size easy to set up and great to use
Cons only that it has limited amount of shows