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Roku HD1000 High-Definition Digital Media Player

by Roku

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  • High-definition media player supports 1080i, 720p, and 480p outputs for optimal viewing on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Designed for convenient living room slide shows and MP3/linear PCM music playback from your memory cards or personal computer
  • Compatible with Roku Art Packs and LiveArt (not included) for high-definition wall art from still and motion images
  • CompactFlash, SD, MMC, Memory Stick, and SmartMedia slots
  • Can be networked with your PC through an Ethernet port or Wi-Fi
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Technical Details
Brand NameRoku
Item Weight8.4 pounds
Product Dimensions21.6 x 11.7 x 5.5 inches
Item model numberHD1000
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB0000DH8HH
Shipping Weight9 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableSeptember 23, 2003
  
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Amazon.com Product Description Early Adopters Pick: October 2003. This is the world's first high-definition digital media player.

Whether you're already equipped with a high-definition TV or still using a standard CRT set, the HD1000 from Roku puts all manner of digital entertainment before your eyes and ears. Tap into a home computer network, hook the unit up to a stereo, or simply pop in a memory card--then sit back and enjoy your favorite photos, artworks, music, or LiveArt (full-motion images of beaches, waterfalls, etc.).

While it will work on nearly any monitor, the HD1000 was designed to make the most of a high-definition television's brilliant color and pristine clarity. The HD1000 makes viewing and sharing treasured digital photos easier and more exciting than ever. Photos displayed through the device will look crystal-clear on your high-definition or big-screen TV. No more crowding around a PC monitor in your cluttered den--the HD1000 lets you relax and view digital slideshows in a leisurely atmosphere.

Not watching a program on your wall-mounted plasma display? Now you can create stunning wall art with a click of your remote. Roku's Art Packs (not included) are a simple way to enhance your décor and make use out of an idle HDTV. Choose from a range of images--classic masterpieces, stunning nature scenes, or a lifelike aquarium--and bring them to life in your living room. Or, use LiveArt to change your surroundings without changing your location. Bring a rippling mountain lake, a leafy summer forest, or a white sand beach with soothing waves to turn your living room into a pool of peace and tranquility. The HD1000 supports looping HD MPEG2, standard JPEG images, and MPEG clips. (Art Packs come on CompactFlash memory cards; just pop in the card and choose your favorite scenery.)

Next, liberate your growing library of digital music files from your PC and listen to them through a home stereo. Roku lets you listen to files on any of various memory cards (CompactFlash, SD, MMC, Memory Stick, SmartMedia) or over a simple Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection, so you can enjoy your favorite music through the high-quality sound system in your living room. Its attractive onscreen display shows the current media source and displays its contents as well as the media file in play, with full ID3 data for music files.

The HD1000 offers built-in protection to reduce the risk of image burn-in on your TV screen, too. (The unit can't prevent all types of burn-in, of course--it's ultimately your responsibility to use your display's manual and common sense to prevent burn-in.) The HD1000's Screen Saver mode engages when the HD1000 is your primary video source, and it can even step in whenever one of your other video sources stops moving. When placed in a pass-through configuration--with the signal from a DVD player, say, passing through the HD1000 on its way to a screen--the HD1000 can detect when the video input source is still and will automatically generate a changing Screen Saver.

The HD1000 is based on the Roku OS, an open platform that includes Roku's advanced media APIs and the Linux Kernel, and for which other companies can design as-yet-undreamed-of accessories.

What's in the Box
HD1000, user's manual, remote control, remote batteries (two AAA), a component-video cable, a stereo analog audio interconnect, and an AC power cable.

Product Description

The Roku HD1000 is the first high-definition digital media player, designed to make the most of your HDTV's brilliant color and clarity. Tap into your home computer network or pop in a memory card to enjoy high-definition digital photos, art, LiveArt, music, and third party applications. The Roku HD1000 is based on the Roku OS, an open platform that includes Roku's advanced media APIs and the Linux Kernel.

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Customer Reviews

While the other players lack HD they have much, and I mean much more robust interfaces that are mostly stable.
Jeffrey D. Erick
Basically the Roku HD1000 is a product that is half-finished with no indications from the company on whether or not there will be upgrades in the future.
Erik Fullerton
That justifies the beta software, which I installed and ended up frying my machine, so it's going back tomorrow.
B. Goldberg

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Allan on November 8, 2004
I am now on my third week with the HD1000, I believe I now can give a fair review.

My first week was spent struggling with the networking of the unit. Normally, networking is not an issue with most users, but in my particular application some tech support would have been nice. I say "would have been nice" because there is very limited effort put forward by Roku on this. Their website even states that tech support is only available via email, although they are more than happy to talk to you live, if you are placing an order. The response time is a few days, and then they tell you to call back a long-distance # - not exactly what I had in mind. Problem was solved on my own. I would not count on tech support from these guys, you are better off getting help from other users at the Roku's forum ([...])

Picture viewing was great. My 5 mega-pixel picts looked very nice at the 1080i setting. The mp3 playback was sufficient to playback, but seemed lacking as far as playlists, control, shuffle and format. Watching pictures and listening to music at the same time is not possible with the limitation in memory, although Roku says otherwise. In order it to work, you must use a CompactFlash card as a swap drive, otherwise the system will freeze up and you will have to reboot. This hack is a comprimise for its deficiency in the memory. Although the ATI chip does suggests high performance, the 64MB (half of which is reserved for video) does not, hence the CF hack. Using the swapfile does solve all freezing issues. Plan on using one if you ever buy into the HD1000. The HD1000 then feels much more robust. It is then the perfect tool for viewing your high res pictures and a decent mp3 player.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By CBL on December 29, 2003
Have had mine now for a month. Works as advertised and I am excited about continued upgrades / developments.
I purchases mine right before my 3 years olds Birthday party. Created a couple of HD resolution .jpg files saying Happy Birthday in Photoshop and mixed them in with a hundred or so pictures of my son on a CF card. Made a great little presentation on my Plasma for during the party.
Another reason I pulled the trigger on the Roku was the pass through component input with screen saver. My wife has a habit of pausing DVD's for long periods and during Christmas kept leaving the TV on Music Choice channel with static images. With my plasma TV I always warned her about burn in - now I don't have to worry about it because the Roku will take over after a set static period and put up a screen saver (or if have it set showing slide show will go to that).
I currently use it to view my digital pictures (2000+) and play digital music (just started transfering some albums to my hard drive to have instant access to). I have it connected to my computer via a wireless 802.11g bridge (2 floors away).
I agree with the previous post that for the price it would have been nice to include wireless access out of the box. However, for $30-$40 you can add one of the very small USB 802.11b adapters (which also require no other wires) and be up and running with the Roku on your wireless network.
Since I now have the Roku on my network I don't use the memory cards all that much. However, they still are nice for when you take some digital pictures and want to see them right away.
On my wish list (and supposedly coming) is support for .VOB files to play DVDs. Will be great to have a bunch of my kids favorite movies available to play at a moments notice.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Erik Fullerton on November 17, 2004
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The promise of the HD1000 is high, but unfortunately it doesn't pay off. Setting up the unit to recognize your network and the individual shares is fairly complex and requires a level of knowledge greater than your average home user possesses. Unfortunately, technical support is done only by email and then at a snail's pace. Assuming you finally get the HD1000 to work, it fulfills most of the basic tasks it is advertised as capable of. It does display digital images from your network or inserted memory media. And it does play mp3 off of your network shares well, though the menu navigation is extremely slow and cumbersome. That is about it. If you are hoping to play any other type of media file from your computer, such as .mpg .avi .wma .mov, you'll will be severely disappointed. The advertised Mpeg2 support, advertised on the unit's packaging no less, does not exist in any form one could reasonably expect. If you want to play mpeg2 you must first download a beta application from Roku, then download a 3rd party utility, encapsulate the existing file to the streaming .ts format, and then maybe if you're lucky you might get to view the file.

Basically the Roku HD1000 is a product that is half-finished with no indications from the company on whether or not there will be upgrades in the future. In the final analysis the only task it performs well is displaying digital images. If it's mp3 playback you're looking for I'd think about another product first. As for the elegant all in one media player we were all hoping for, perhaps Roku will be able to deliver in the next iteration of the product. For now the Roku HD1000 it is a must skip.
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