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Roku 2 XD Rocks !!!
on November 24, 2012
OK. Let me start off by saying that this is a great option to replace cable if you're not stuck on HBO, STARZ, Cinemax or any of those other channels programs that you get on cable. The selection of channels is very good but they could use some more current mainstream channels. You can get news channels (e.g. CNBC, Fox News), several music video channels, Discovery Channel programs, Hulu, Netflix, Crackle, VUDU, cooking channels, sports channels, foreign programming and news, Spanish channels, DISH, medical awareness channels, exercise channels, yoga channels, old time classic movies and TV shows (e.g. Bonanza, I Love Lucy, the 3 Stooges, the Lone Ranger, Tarzan, Adult Swim, Family Guy episodes and lots of stuff your kids never heard off), old, corny horror flicks, midnight programming, science related channels, educational channels, games, pretty much whatever floats your boat.
Mine also came with Angry Birds and a Roku game remote (just one unit with extra buttons, do not expect two remotes). The lack of Youtube on this device will limit you if you like Youtube on a TV screen or use it for exercise videos; other devices have Youtube, this one does not, for now.
Amazon shipped relatively fast; the package was well protected and the connections were very easy. This refurbished product worked right out of the box and was up and running in minutes, no issues so far. Remember, that you should use an HDMI cable for the best reception but your other video connections should work as well as other devices that you currently use.
The web account set up was easy and you must use the internet account to set up and activate your device. You can pick your channels from the internet or your device. You need a credit card to set up Hulu, VUDU, Netflix and other subscription-based channels. At $8 a month unlimited viewing for most of these (individually, not aggregate), or at $0.99 to $5.99 for movie rentals on some other channels (more recent movie releases), you will definitely save when compared to your cable bill.
I gave it 4 stars because instructions and channel selection guidance is very limited. You need to figure out how to do a few things and how to get channels that do not appear on the Roku Channel store. The Channel Store is a very useful tool and for most people has an adequate enough selection that you may get excited when you first start digging through the selections. However, that being said, there are other channels that do not appear there that you have to find on your own. My suggestion is to just use Google to find more content. But I really think that Roku should clarify this in their materials and point out some things that those of us that want customer service and are computer or technology savvy expect from a manufacturer. It almost seems like Roku said "Hey we give you access to enough content so you figure out how to get the channels that you want."
All in all, a very good purchase and you do get your money's worth. Good luck.