Excerpt: We have reviewed a vast amount of media players over the last year and a half, but nothing more dependent on streaming access than the Roku XDS. Over the years, Roku has consistently positioned itself as a leader in building inexpensive media players that have lead many consumers down the path of...
Conclusion: Roku has done little to improve this TV companion box since its introduction in 2008—at $100, it has stiff competition.
Pros: Simple set-up. Intuitive user interface. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and other movie services brought straight to your TV. Multiple outputs, including HDMI, to fit your home-theater set up.
Cons: Video quality is often subpar. Must pay for each app through the specific vendor—no way to register a single payment account with Roku. Free apps aren't great and the overall selection is limited.
Excerpt: I must confess that I observed the recent shuttering of my local Blockbuster with a great deal of interest. It was worse than rubbernecking on the Garden State Parkway after a really horrendous accident because I actually pillaged through the remains.
Pros: High-end media streamer for under $100, 1080p HD video playback capability, Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu Plus and many other great apps, Excellent streaming quality using the dual-band wireless-N antenna, Remote does everything it needs to and nothing more, Easy to use