Summary: My mom has been a huge fan of my ability to stream Netflix videos via my Nintendo Wii since first experiencing it and has been hinting for some time that she was interested in setting up something similar for herself. My parents are not gamers, however, and it made no sense to buy them a Wii just to stream video, even taking into account occasional visits by my 6 year-old nephew.
Summary: My son calls it junk because it will not work and I guess it is. We can only do a wireless connection which this is supposed to do. It finds the wireless connection ok but it does not connect to the local network. So we can't use it. That makes it junk.
Summary: I don't know if all Roku Products are defective, I do know Amazon sold me a defective ROKU XR and will not exchange it for a working product. They may have sent me a used defective model. I called Roku Tech support,that verified it was defective, and that it should be replaced but said Amazon should replace it. So round and round we go, as if I were dealing with a bank.
Do not purchase this if you want warranty service!
R. Pike "hotrodpike", Amazon
27 September 2010
Summary: The item in questions wireless lost signal strength after only 8 months of use. I called roku for warranty service and after dealing with there customer service which is in India or Pakistan, they inform me that I cannot get warranty service from them since i purchased it from amazon.com and that I need to contact them. Which is what I am doing right now and so far I have been told that I cannot return it to them as too much time has past since purchase.
Summary: Neither Roku nor Amazon tell you in their product descriptions that there is a limitation on how far away these Roku devices can be from your wireless network router and still work. Apparently the Roku HD product must be within 40 feet from your router in order to be able to receive a wireless signal, which they don't tell you anywhere.
Summary: I just got this as a gift for my birthday. And initially I did not notice any issues. But... 1. Who builds something without a power button? The only way to power down the device is to unplug the power cable, which can be a hassle if you have multiple devices connected in your entertainment center. Every other electronic device I own has a power button and can be turned off remotely when not in use, without even touching the device. This was the first issue I noticed. 2.
Summary: If you like movies more than you like TV series and news (and you can always get over the air TV for that...), Roku is for you. It is extremely easy to use: add "channels" from a list (some might require paid subscription), navigate to it, select the program you want and this is it! You will end up watching more TV than you thought you should, so many choices you now have.
Summary: The Roku player is a pretty decent streaming device. It is the second on that I tried, the first one did not do what it promised and it was more expensive. This one works good and streams movies from netflixs, and I use my pandora radio on it! My only complaint is that it is sluggish in operating the functions and navigating through the menues. It does play movies and TV shows fine with no problems. Easy to set up and install, and easy to sync channels with the PC.
Summary: I bought the Roku XR over the weekend, and it came on Tuesday. Setup was simple and smooth. I started watching movies and old TV shows with my NetFlix subscription, and was really enjoying it, until it started re-booting now and then. On the second day it stopped working and I realized the wall-wart style power supply had gone bad.