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.
Summary: Make sure you are near a computer (or have a laptop) ready .... need to get on the web to access codes from both Roku (need to set up an account with them) and netflix. Didn't realize it and had to run up and down the stairs twice. Streaming netflix, acceptable, but picture quality not as good as my Sony Blu-Ray networked player BDP-N460 (read my review of it Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Disc Player (Black) ) using a wireless bridge.
Summary: I selected the player because of its versatility to watch Amazon and Netflix. As I wanted to use the component output, I was surprised to learn that this unit requires a special cable available exclusivley at Roku. The cable itself was "out-of-stock", so I purchased the "bundle" which includes the component, HDMI and optical cable (which I do not need) for $ 20. I do not like the fact that you are forced into additional purchases to make the unit work.
Summary: I bought the XDS on pre-order in October, with the media channel advertised for November 2010. Then the media channel was pushed to December, then to January 2011. It was finally released on January 31st. The media channel (usb) that I waited so long for is a pathetic joke (much like the company from what I have seen). Every time you do anything at all, the drive has to be re-scanned, which can take several minutes.
Summary: Paying for the additional WiFi on the higher end version is simply not worth it!!! The WiFi part of this device is a piece of crap and simply does not work, at least if you can judge from my experience along with those that you will find doing a simple search on the internet. I finally got it to work connecting it up to a 50' cable from my router, even then I had to "retry" over 15 times before it magically said "connected". I found this retry trick on the Roku forum.