Excerpt: I wouldn’t say that it is equivalent to BluRay, but I would say that it is closer to normal DVD quality, maybe even slightly better. However, it’s not so bad that you would regret the investment; watching the videos on wide screen HD TV was very satisfying. For it’s price, the Roku , I would say, has a very good product. It is very well designed, is easy to use even for me and offers me a very wide variety of videos on demand at my convenience.
Summary: I bought this based on the great reviews here. It was pretty easy to set up, but what a surprise when it would not let me activate it without entering a credit card number. I guess they never figured someone might actually not have a credit card. It doesn't say anywhere on the product description that a credit card is needed, nor does it mention a credit card on the Roku setup video. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
Summary: OK, we're 57 and 61 years old, with some good internet literacy. Our Roku XDS came within days. The setup was easy and intuitive. I plugged in the (not included) HDMI cable to our TV and my wife set it up. It was so easy she just kept going. No problem with our G network - it was detected right away and all we had to do was put in the password. Roku Box did a self-update over the newly-connected internet, restarted, and came up fully network-attached.
Roku XDS Easy Install, Easy operation, AVOID the Credit Card Sign-in
27 March 2011
Summary: Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p: Easy install, Easy to operate...and how to work-around the Roku "convenience" of providing your credit card information (hype)when activating your Roku account (during the registration of a newly-purchased Roku box). We just received the Roku XDS for use with an existing HD Panasonic plasma big screen. The physical installation using the provided installation instructions and a separately-purchased HDMI cable was straight-forward.
If you are wondering how well it works with USB movie files
techmannn "techmannn", Amazon
25 March 2011
Summary: This is a neat little device that works well with Netflix. The interface is not quite as good as the netflix interface on the XBOX but otherwise no complaints. However, for any of us who want to play video files from the USB slot, there are some thorny issues worth knowing about: 1. It plays MKV files which is great news, but there's no dolby decoder on the Roku so you'll need to stream the audio out to something that can decode the audio.
Summary: I have only had my Roku XDS set up for about a day, but I'm impressed with what I've seen so far. I've used the Netflix apps for my PS3 and Wii quite a bit, and compared to that experience the Roku is also fairly easy to configure and navigate, and the streaming experience seems to be about the same (which is very good). I do have a few initial observations.
Summary: I've been looking for a way to be able to digitally organize and play my DVD collection on demand, and I wanted something that would work with both standard definition (480) and high definition TV sets (720 and 1080). I also was looking for a system that would handle Netflix and Amazon On Demand, and which would let me add any amount of storage that I wanted to without costing me a fortune. The Roku XDS ticked all of the boxes.
Summary: If you fortunate, your Roku will work and you will be very happy. If you're unfortunate, and it appears from the reviews that there is about a 1 in 5 chance of this, your unit won't work and you will be sent to the purgatory of Roku "customer support". My unit stopped working after about 1 week. It wouldn't receive power. It took 2 weeks to prove to Roku that I was a customer. The fact that my roku had automatically registered online wasn't enough.
Summary: At the time of this article, the little box is extremely buggy. When I first setup the Roku things worked pretty well. At some point the software updated, and the glitches began. Hulu Plus was a big reason why I purchased the unit, and while for the first week or two it seemed to work pretty well, at some point it just started freezing after about 2 minutes of playback.
lack of DLNA and too many codes/channels killed it for me
H. Sachan, Amazon
12 January 2011
Summary: This is a review as well as a comparison with other similar products out there. I've done extensive research in digital media players and have tried the following models: a) Roku XDS, b) WD V Live Plus, c) Sony network media player SMP N100, 4) Apple TV and Boxee software on the laptop. *** ROKU **** I really wanted to like Roku and was super excited to set is up and have it connected to the internet and was installing apps within minutes.