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Roku XD 2050, 720p Streaming Player

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  • Start watching movies on your TV in seconds using your high-speed Internet connection
  • Featuring the largest collection of instant streaming movies and TV shows, from Netflix, Amazon VOD, and more
  • Built-in wireless (extended-range Wireless-N) and wired Internet connectivity.
  • Simply connect to your TV and to your high-speed Internet service. Does not require PC for streaming.
  • Plays up to 720p High Definition video. Works with any TV.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameRoku
Item Weight7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches
Item model number2050X
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB00426C56U
Best Sellers Rank #18,799 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 22, 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Even watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It's all available whenever you want it. The all-new Roku XD delivers the highest quality HD video, in the smallest box, at the lowest price. No wonder Roku is the best selling streaming player ever.

From the Manufacturer

the best Netflix experience

Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more. Listen to music on Pandora, or listen to your own iTunes playlists. Watch major sports, news, or original Internet programming. It's all available whenever you want it.

The all-new Roku XD delivers the highest quality HD video, in the smallest box, at the lowest price. No wonder Roku is the best selling streaming player ever.

  • Works with any TV -- up to 1080p*. Roku delivers biggest and best streaming video experience you can get
  • It's really easy. Be up and running in 5 minutes. Roku works with any TV.
  • No PC needed. Roku connects to your high speed Internet connection wirelessly. With the XD, you get extended-range Wireless-N performance.
  • No extra monthly bills. Use your existing subscriptions (like Netflix or Hulu Plus), or enjoy free and on-demand content (like Pandora, Flickr, and Amazon Instant Video).
  • It's always getting better. Roku is constantly expanding its library of streaming entertainment, so there will always be something new to watch.



NETFLIX, AMAZON Instant Video, FLIXSTER

What can you do with Roku?

Roku simply brings the largest selection of streaming entertainment choices to your TV.

Over 100,000 movies and TV shows to watch instantly— from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more.

Premium sports. The top leagues like Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. The main events from UFC and more.

The best tunes. Personalized music from Pandora or MOG, your own iTunes playlists, or radio from around the world.

Plus, tons of other choices, from major network news and original programming to photo and video sharing. More are added every day, so your Roku will always have the most, and the best, in instant entertainment.

NETFLIX, AMAZON Instant Video, FLIXSTER
Netflix and Roku: the original instant movie partnership

Over two years after the launch of the first Roku Netflix player, Roku still delivers the best combination of streaming movie performance and price. With your Netflix membership, browse and search over 20,000 movies and TV episodes to watch whenever you want. The exclusive Instant Replay button lets you skip back instantly to replay that line you just missed. Plus, there are no extra monthly or yearly fees.

ROKU XD = top video performance

Step up with the Roku XD and get more. Up to 1080p high-definition streaming video*. Extended range Wireless-N technology, so you can get it almost anywhere in your house. We even added an Instant Replay button, so you can skip back instantly in 10 second jumps. It's the only streaming player that can do it.



The new Roku controller with instant replay

How Roku works

Setting up Roku is as easy as 1-2-3
  1. Plug it in. Roku is compatible with virtually any TV
  2. Add it to your home network. Whether your home is wireless or wired, the helpful on-screen instructions make it a cinch.
  3. Enjoy! Choose your entertainment, and control it with the handy remote. (Popcorn sold separately.)
Included with the Roku XD Streaming Player
  • Remote control with Instant Replay
  • Two AAA batteries
  • Audio/video outputs: HDMI, Composite A/V (red/white/yellow)
  • Connectivity: Wireless B/G/N, Ethernet
  • Composite (red/white/yellow) A/V cable
  • Power adapter
  • Getting Started guide
  • One year manufacturer warranty
*What you need

To use Roku, you need a high speed Internet connection with a speed of at least 1.2 Mbps (such as mid-level DSL). For HD video, we recommend 5 Mbps (if you're not sure what your speed is, go to www.speedtest.net and run the simple test). Note that not all content partners enable HD or 1080p streaming video. You may also need a wireless or wired router if you cannot connect Roku directly to your cable or DSL modem.

Choose Your Roku

 
Roku HD

Roku HD

Roku XD

Roku XD

Roku XD|S

Roku XD|S

Works with virtually any TV (standard definition or HD)
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Plays high-definition video (720p)
yes
yes
yes
Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi), plus wired (Ethernet) connector
yes
yes
yes
HDMI video output for HDTVs
yes
yes
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Plays 1080p HD video
yes
yes
Enhanced remote with Instant Replay
yes
yes
Extended-range Wireless-N (b/g/n compatible)
yes
yes
Dual-band wireless technology--the latest standard
yes
Component video and optical audio outputs
yes
USB port for playing stored photos, music, and videos
yes

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Picture quality is good as is sound.
Michael Monson
During the setup procedure Roku informs you that to establish your free account, you must provide them with a credit card number (or paypal).
Red
Now we get Netflix & Hulu Plus through the Roku and other online content through PlayOn channel.
EmperorWatcher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

281 of 288 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on December 4, 2010
We were a longtime Dish Network customer paying $80 a month for video service. While we had no complaints about Dish, we decided this past summer to take the plunge into internet video to see if we could save some dollars. My family was shocked the day I unplugged all of the Dish receivers and sent them back to Dish Network. "What are we going to watch?" "What about my favorite shows?"

As a 3 HDTV family and not knowing the best hardware option to use, we decided to try a selection of devices. For our main living room TV, we purchased a Roku device. For the den, we used our Wii and for the master bedroom a Sony Blu Ray Internet DVD player.

For content, we have moved our NetFlix usage from DVDs in the mail to internet streaming. We also installed playon.tv on our PC for access to Hulu (primarily), CBS (Survivor and Amazing Race) and Comedy Channel. Both NetFlix and Playon streaming to all of the devices we use work fine. This includes the Roku via playon, despite reports that Roku pulled the plug on playon (continues to work fine to this day).

We also purchased Comcast Basic (Limited) Cable ($14) for local news and sports. This is the plan that just uses the cable, no digital cable boxes required, allowing us to wire cable to all of our TV's. What Comcast will not tell you is with HDTV's we get full HD channels for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CBS, etc. without having to purchase a digital plan or rent their digital boxes.

Comparing the Roku, Wii and Sony Internet DVD devices, we like the Roku the best of the three. In fact, we just installed a second Roku, moving the Wii back to a game system. The reason was primarily ease of use.
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651 of 686 people found the following review helpful By P. Colin McGraw VINE VOICE on October 29, 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I recently bought the new Apple TV, but was curious how the Roku XD compared. After all, while I like the Apple TV, it's tied to the Apple ecosystem, for better or worse. Meanwhile the Roku offered a broader feature set, but not as much of an established brand as Apple.

Luckily, I was able to satisfy my curiosity by getting a Roku XD, and I thought my experiences and opinions might be useful for those shopping for such internet-streaming set top boxes.

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Quality/Content
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My first and biggest question was, "How does the quality compare?". 1080p capability is one of Roku's biggest selling points against Apple, because the Apple TV "only" streams 720p. What I found was that it was a mixed bag. Roku has the capability to stream 1080p, but something surprising is that a huge portion of available content isn't HD to start with and doesn't take full advantage of Roku's hardware. Some content you can stream from Amazon and Netflix looks little better than VHS quality, while some looked somewhere between DVD and HD broadcast quality.

The vast majority of Netflix, for example, is SD content including most bigger-name movies that make their way to the library. Thus, the HD capability of Roku is MOST noticeable in Amazon Video On-Demand's vast library of HD TV shows and movies.

Amazon Video On-Demand offers everything you could find through Apple TV's store and then some, but it has a superior pricing model. You can PURCHASE TV shows for .99c vs. .
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217 of 236 people found the following review helpful By sheine on October 6, 2010
One can make a good case that with Roku you really don't need cable or satellite TV. With a $10 monthly subscription to Netflix you can get more movies than you have time for over the internet at the time that you want to see them. I doubt that one movie that TCM shows is not available this way.

You can listen to almost any radio station in the country free, meeting your needs if you like any particular kind of music or listen to talk radio, sports, etc.

You can watch Youtube clips on your big TV as well and can send the sound to your stereo system, home theater nowadays.

There are lots of other specialized sites, both free and by subscription, that are available. I like Pub-D-Hub which has movies in the public domain for free, many are poor but others can be quite good, I had never seen a picture with legendary Lillian Gish before.

Roku is a winner.
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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By C. Nazario on October 9, 2010
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I've owned my Roku for 10 months. I'm sorry that that one person had a bad experience. I, myself, have had great experience with their customer service. Wow, last month, when my wifi went out on my old player, the guy trouble shooted it (even though I had told him that I had already done every trouble shoot 19 times), and then he gave me the needed number to write down on the return label and mailed me a box to send it back to them for free. I didn't have to collect a bunch of paperwork and (receipts and stuff) like most other companies require for a full refund. Just the player and the remote! My brand new Roku arrived within the week.
I have never regretted buying this player. Now it's even $40.00 less than I originally paid for it. It's a fricken steal if you ask me. Not only do you get your movies mailed to you from Netflix, but you get to watch, from the comfort of any room you decide to put the thing in, all the tv shows and kids shows and movies and free music and OMG the list goes on and on. Ren and Stimpy, 30 Rock, Lie to Me, Spongebob, on and on and on. The kids love it. When I'm bored at night, I get a huge list of choices to entertain me and I really couldn't live without this cute little tiny machine. I HIGHLY recommend!!
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