"Great alternative to cable. Saved $70/Month!!"5.0 starson by brasky05
Pros: Content Selection, 1080p, No hassle set up, Easy to understand interface.
Cons: Setting up takes a little effort, Lack of parental controls
Summary: I have been in the market for a set top box. The most common argument that I have heard is why would someone need a set top box if they have Xbox, Playstation etc... My simple answer to that is its not easy enough. I am a tech junkie and I totally understand how the gaming consoles work, but my wife doesn't. She needs something that is easy to use and the Roku box is built for just this purpose. My primary considerations when shopping for a set top box were an easy to use interface and a product that had a great deal of good content. Going into my selection period the 2 set top boxes I was considering were the Apple TV and the Boxee Box. After much research the old man on the street (Roku) won out. Dont get me wrong, I love Apple. I own an iphone, a macbook, and and Ipad. For me Apple TV has a better interface than the Roku, but AppleTV simply does not have the content selection that Roku does and Roku's interface is not bad by any means. Also I dont care bout having my itunes on my tv, thats what I have an iphone for. I stated to my peers that the wildcard in my decision making process would be which company would be able to access Hulu. Since Roku announced their deal with Hulu my decision was easy. I now have all content that my wife and I used to watch with cable and more for a much cheaper price! I think I made a good decision for our household, although I haven't seen what Boxee Box has to offer. Ultimately I decided against Boxee for the same reason I decided against Apple TV, lack of content. Boxee taken a neutral stance with no comments about partnerships with Hulu and Netflix which concerns me. The only cons I can speak of to this point is the setup. For me, it wasnt too much trouble, but I can see how it could be an issue. There is a lot of going back and forth between the computer and the Roku box, however once you are done adding the channels you want, you are done. No more setup. I love this box, it is great for doign exactly what I need it to do. If you want to lose the cable bill get Hulu+, get Netflix, and use the Roku to watch it on the big screen.