"Good but not great."2.5 starson by incubustable1
Pros: Works well IF you subscribe to a number of specific, paid services.
Works well IF you have a strong internet connection.
Has some programs that are free like Pandora.
Cons: You're paying $50 for something that requires you to have a strong internet connection (no ethernet port) and a subscription to multiple paid services to make it worth while. Otherwise its useless.
The option to stream your own content through the box is
Summary: The missing option to stream your own content through the roku box really hurts this product. I own a PS3 and as a plus, I can either plug in a portable hard drive and play content through that or I can use PS3 media server on my computer to stream content from my Mac to the PS3. Of course the PS3 is much more expensive than the Roku, but an option to stream your own content through this Roku box allowing it to play practically any content you can get your hands on would make this niche product leaps and bounds better than in its current form. Being able to view my own content for free, on a box that I paid for without having to subscribe to other services has become a rarity, the roku is similar to a cable box, if you don't subscribe to the cable service to use it, it can't do much else.Because televisions and video streaming services are quickly adapting to mainstream technology, it will be sooner rather than later, that niche products such as the Roku, will become obsolete. TV's will come with Netflix streaming, Hulu Plus, Amazon on Demand, etc. built-in (as they already do) or they will get smarter and create partnerships with Dish and cable companies to offer their services within the cable box. Its only a matter of time before your Roku box is thrown in a box to collect dust along with your VCR's and cd players.
Updated on Nov 5, 2011