Summary: it worked great...until it stopped working! I purchased this box Oct.3rd and it stopped working Dec. 11th. I cannot return it, as it's out of the 30 day window. I have purchased a new one and bought the protection plan. It's a great product, but short lived and I don't know if it's because the first one was a refurbished, so I'm going to buy new and see how this goes.
Summary: even after reading the specs on all the units, this one didn't have direct connectivity available... only wireless. The unit I was replacing had that direct connect choice, which is nice when you want it.,..
Summary: I already have netflix and had heard that I could get more recent movies with Roku. However, in the short time that I had Roku, I didn't seem to fund any extra benefit to it. I tried to download hotspot shield to it so that I could access U.S. Programming, but was unable to do so. There seemed to be many sites that were not free. Overall, I just kept the Roku for a couple of days, since it did not easily enhance my viewing experience.
Summary: Well overall the Roku was easy to set up. It has very limited sites that you can visit or sign up for for free. most are along the lines of youtube and such, I was hoping with buying the canadian version there would be some streaming news channels etc but almost all are pay or subscribe to them in order to make it work.
Summary: A good unit for USA customers. The channel selection is rather. Works well with Canadian addresses but you only have half of the selections when compared to American Netflix. No change of DNS settings as Canadian ISPS will automat ically take you to your own ISP service. Complicated task to bypass and allow American Netflix.
Summary: This is a great little device. However, I would hold off purchasing until there is more content (i.e. the content that is available in the U.S.; most notably Instant Video). My sister-in-law in California turned me on to Roku and she showed me a lot of the content available there. If you love old TV shows (like Twilight Zone), Instant Video is the channel to have. Old shows like that are free; the more recent ones charge a small fee.