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.
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.
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.
Summary: We bought this model for the USB connection, thinking we could run movies off a thumb drive, but the Roku doesn't recognize any of several different thumb drives. There is some discussion of this on the Roku site, but no suggestion that actually worked.
Summary: We don't have cable at the house (by choice). So we rely almost entirely on streaming content for everything other than over-the-air broadcasts. I'd say we watch an average of about a dozen hours of streaming video per week. I bought the Roku mainly because I wanted to be able to access Netflix streaming from our bedroom. Because of its support for Hulu Plus, the Roku was a no-brainer.
Summary: Nice: Very easy to setup - it just works immediately with a minimum of fuss. Extremely easy to use. Dislikes: I don't like any electronics that don't have an on/off switch or capability to turn off via remote, especially a wireless device. I have the XDS with USB port. Unfortunately, Roku doesn't include the ability to access this.
Summary: I brought this for my mother because it will be simple for her to use. I especially liked the simple remote control which is not overwhelming. However the wireless connectivity was a little difficult and very finicky. The wireless router is located about 20 feet away, and we've never had any problem conencting with laptops or iPhones/iPods. However, I had to fidget with the placement of the Roku and attempted 2-3x before connecting finally.