Pros Can't beat the price. Love the interface (much better than my Sony Blu-ray) and the available channels.
Cons WiFi is very inconsistent. Will go for weeks with no problem, but if it somehow disconnects, it may take me hours to get it to reconnect. Wish it had ESPN3 and YouTube.
"A-1 all the way"on by Beyondcom
Pros Streams more smoothly than any device I've tried.
Works well on my slow Centurylink 1.5 MBPS DSL.
Nice, easy to use interface.
Roku Newscaster with NPR and many others.
Has more channels than other streaming devices.
Cons Would be nice to have an ethernet (wired) port on the LT but the wireless N works well.
Summary I've tried various streaming devices and also Windows Media Center on a VERY fast PC with high end dual video cards. None of them worked even CLOSE to as well as the Roku. DSL here is limited to 1.5 MBPS and all the other devices had stalling problems. Many of them crashed after stalling. Only the Roku passed, and with flying colors. I have 2 ethernet wired XS Rokus and 1 LT connected wirelessly. They all work flawlessly.
Connect to ANY television, old or new. Easy to set up. No monthly bill.
Netflix, HULU Plus, Amazon on Demand, HBOGo, EPIX, PLEX, Revision3, TWIT, Pandora, MLB TV, NHL, NBA, MLS, UFC.
Cons Works best with high speed broadband. Lower quality picture with lower speed internet. No NFL or YouTube
Summary One of the best "investments" I've ever made! Pull our your old "rabbit ears" antenna for free local channels and ditch cable. Roku is all you'll need. Have home movies, TV shows and music saved on your computer? Download the PLEX media server to your home computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) to stream your downloaded content to ANY TV in your house. No additional monthly bills (other than subscription services like Netflix or HULU Plus) means you can still get all your content and still pay for gas at the pump at the end of the month. Pay for individual episodes of premium content using Amazon. Why pay 100 bucks a month for cable to watch AMC's The Walking Dead and Discovery Channel's Mythbusters and lots of other garbage you don't care about and only buy the content you want. I saved over $800 my FIRST year ditching cable.
Pros MLB @ Bat: I get all MLB games via this little device and love it. The most inexpensive device of this kind I know. Easy to install and run with. TWO thumbs up!
Cons None for me.
Summary This is the best gizmo for the buck. Highly recommended!
MLB @ Bat: I get all MLB games via this little device and love it. The most inexpensive device of this kind I know. Easy to install and run with. TWO thumbs up!
Pros Streamed Netflix well. Easy to set up and configure.
Cons Absolutely bogged down my network completely. When the Roku was playing, every other wireless device in my home would run either run extremely slow, or not run at all. I even sought help from Roku who did offer some possible solutions, but no luck.
Summary Returned the Roku. Could not tolerate it bogging down my network.Before anyone says that my network is just not strong enough to handle it... I can stream Netflix on multiple other devices at the same time with no issue. I.e., I stream it through the Wii in one room, through my Xbox in another room, plus have two PCs and my Android phone all using the network concurrently. The Roku does not share well with other devices...
Updated on Apr 17, 2012