Pros More content and more value than game platform for now. This is a great alternative to existing media. It has the potential to replace the boob tube content.
Once you get past your home network issues this is a dream to use.
Cons -Poor network support
-Poor handling of critical networking troubleshooting tools or recommendations
-Library is not as robust as I would like, so ontent is fairly dated.
-Web browsing is non existent so you are stuck with their apps.
Summary First and foremost, The ROKU is a fabulous device offering much content at a very good value. Furthermore, this is a great device if your network is in good working order.
However, I had lots of networking problems. -Set up of the unit was easy, but it crashed my network multiple times
When I step back and look at my problems, they were all my own infrastructure problems with a fragile and overtaxed network. So start out your search for a media streaming device by getting the best possible router you can afford!! Until, I figured this out, using the ROKU virtually collapsed my major brand nPlus router network everytime I used it wired or wireless. My PS3 did not seem to have this problem. So, I thought I was good to go with ROKU.
After I upgraded my router substatially (perhaps beyond the minimum requirements), Voila, no problems whatsoever!
So, my only complaint was that there was absolutely no documentation or help available to sort out network problems. It would be helpful if they could help you to navigate the home networking solutions or perhaps even recommend various router configurations, etc.
As of August, 2010 ROJU is the best thing going!
Note that my 85 year old mother has a very simple wirelss network and there were no problems setting this up for her. It is simple enough that she can access much content on her own.
Pros Ease of use. Growing line up of channels. After the most recent update netflix app is MUCH easier to use.
Cons Controller is lack luster. Program to your cable box and fast forwarding is much easier. Also fast forwarding is frame by frame regardless.
Summary Very cool device.