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.
If you are wondering how well it works with USB movie files
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.
Summary: A couple months ago I finally made the decision to ditch the expensive cable tv, again for the 4th time in a couple years. Cable TV programing is worst than ever. Even with a DVR its hard to make time to watch things that are worth watching. I have had Netflix for a while and liked HULU.com.
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: I thought the Roku would be more of an open system, where I could easily access my content from anywhere without needing to convert videos or go through the other list of steps needed for the AppleTV.
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.
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.
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.