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 purchased the Roku HD-XR for the Netflix function, wireless and to access the movies I have on my NAS box on my home network. Setup was easy and painless. I was browsing Netflix in 10 minutes. Browsing my NAS was something else entirely. While there are 3rd party apps for connecting to your home network, of the 2 that I tried, Chaneru seemed the most promising. Also the tech support at Chaneru was great in helping me with some errors that I was getting.
Summary: I originally bought this product to stream Netflix and didn't think I would use it for very much else. They say setup takes about 10 minutes and they actually weren't lying or exaggerating. Once I got it going, it streamed Netflix flawlessly. After watching a few movies, I decided to checkout some of the other free content. That's where I got really hooked. I was surprised at the number of free channels and at the quality of the content.
Recommended, despite some setup and MLB.tv glitches
Evan D., Amazon
31 May 2010
Summary: This year I decided to try out MLB.tv after being an Extra Innings subscriber for the past six or seven years. My local cable system never offered the HD Extra Innings game, and the picture quality for the team I watched most often was worse than regular SD channels so I finally decided it wasn't worth the money.
Summary: I read the reviews before purchasing this product. I decided to purchase it from Amazon because of their fabulous return policy and because of the terrible things I'd heard about returning Rokus to Roku directly. I received this product and setup was not as easy as they claim it to be. It refused to connect wirelessly to my G router. Password was fine, but the Roku demanded that I change a MAC address in my router.
Summary: I recently installed 2 Roku devices in my home and vacation locations. My first setup did not go quite as smoothly as described by most reviewers here. First, make sure you have your computer with you while doing the setup. It asks you to enter an ID number but you need to do so quickly. Otherwise the provided ID number is no longer valid. To get another ID No. requires reboots and running through setup again. After several reboots the machine worked properly.
Summary: I purchased the XR since the unit would be used upstairs and my router is downstairs. My DSL is not the fastest yet the product streams the movies flawlessly. My only complaint is that the content availability from Netflix is not as good as I would prefer. The box is great if you are into watching all the old TV shows like Adam 12, Emergency and Colombo.
Summary: QUICK SUMMARY: Beware of bad hardware! After struggling fruitlessly to get my first Roku HD-XR to work, I gave up and got a replacement unit from Amazon. The second device worked. What I LIKE: - The setup *can* be easy if you don't receive a non-functioning unit - The device does what it says it will do, that is, it streams Netflix and more - I like that is streams music to my old home stereo from the Pandora channel (my TV is connected to my stereo) - It uses HDMI to...
Summary: The Roku HD shines if you have wireless N and an hdmi input to your TV. You end up with a 720p picture and that beats watching Netflix from your MacBook with rca cables and degraded video quality compared to hdmi. Who want to lose their computer while it is being used as a second rate video server? The Roku interface works well, but if you have a long Netflix queue it may take a little while to scroll through the selections.