103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
I absolutely love the Roku, of which I bought multiple refurbished units. The audio and video quality are top notch. Highly recommended.
But I had a Dickens of a time getting the remotes to pair with the base units, so I thought I'd share what I've learned.
I kept trying to pull the batteries and push the pairing button, as shown in the little manual, but it wasn't working. Here's what finally worked on all my units.
Put the batteries into the remote FIRST, before you plug in the Roku base unit. Have the remote right next to the Roku base unit when you supply power to the base unit. The base unit will then properly search for, and find, the remote and pair with it during the boot-up process. I tried it every other way I could think of, but couldn't get the two to pair properly. This method did the trick. You'll know everything's correct when you stop seeing flashing lights on the remote.
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
I got the Roku 2XS about 2 weeks ago after lamenting for months about what streamer to get despite all signs pointed to Roku's products. I LOVE it. Simple to use, easy set up, HD streaming, etc! It's especially nice because Its so small--literally the size of a hockey puck, though much lighter, and I can throw it in my purse to take to friends houses to watch Netflix. The USB port allows streaming from a jump drive, too. I just don't have anything bad to say about the product, the service, or anything. I do have netflix, but there are a lot of free channels available, too, and it separates out newly added channels, so you are always aware of what's been added.No other device will allow you to stream content from so many different providers. My family gets lots of use from our Roku devices and you won't regret purchasing the Roku 2 XS.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
I purchased this unit in june 2013.. its now September 15.. I still love this unit.. aside from some repeated commercials I cannot complain at all.. yes, you still need an antenna or very basic cable to get local channels with the exception of
"PBS" . but it is well worth it. I cut over $40.00+ off my cable bill . (The free content ),, movies, documentaries, etc, is extensive. there a lot of free music channels ( all genres ) and even karaoake channels, workout channels,games etc. OH,, there's even "DOG TV" for your dog to watch... our cats enjoy the "cat tv" channel too. there are a lot of short videos of birds, fish etc for your cat to watch.. There are a lot of inexpensive pay channels such as "HULU" and "NETFLIX". the ROKU has an easy to use menu that categorizes each channels programming by category such as " action", "comedy", "kids", etc. always wanted a fireplace but don't have one? they have that too.. note !!! some content isn't quite for kids..no big deal,(there are ratings shown before you start the show). we dumped the cable tv all together . As for the unit itself, I couldn't be happier, it has worked great, a small amount of buffering at times but I notice this only on some music channels. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an alternative to cable. as far as regular network tv channels, you can add "hulu" to get many of them !
UPDATE<!!!!!!!! JAN,14, 2014,, We like the ROKU so much we purchased another one for our bedroom tv. a ROKU LT. it is the more basic model but works pretty much the same. I have recommended these units to many people looking for a cheaper alternative to cable. several of these people bought them after I showed them what ours does. They are constantly adding new channels. We never seem to run out of programs to watch. As I said earlier in my first part of this review, you will see repeated commercials and the volume on them can be loud at times but this is a small price to pay for what your getting. We like the amount of control we have with the ROKU, like pausing, rewinding and fast forward of shows. and again , the selection of shows is massive, something for everyone. For local channels I constructed my own hdtv antenna with plans I got from the internet using coat hangers of all things, sounds cheesy but it looks good and works well, I get 23 local channels. As for the ROKU I still would recommend it to anyone. you can run as many ROKU'S in your home as you want for free with tons of free shows, unless you subscribe to a pay channel. GREAT PRODUCT !!!!!!!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
I have ROKU 3 units for two other TV sets in my house, but I had another TV set that did not have an HDMI input. Since ROKU 3 only works with TV's with HDMI inputs, ROKU 2 was a perfect solution. It picks up the wireless signal from my home's router, just like the ROKU 3's, but delivers the audio and video to the set with RCA cables. Before purchasing the ROKU 2, I had noticed from some commenters that they were dissatisfied with ROKU 2 because it didn't have enough memory to play games. Since I don't play games with my ROKU's, I can't speak to its abilities in that area, but in regard to providing streaming content, it has the same functionality as the ROKU 3 units. The unit is easy to use and easy to install. I am very pleased with it. The only disappointment I would note is that the unit does not provide a DVI signal. Consequently early HD television sets that have DVI inputs but do not have an HDMI input cannot display the content from ROKU 2 in HD. Even so, the picture quality from it is adequate, normal SD.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
I recently got our first Roku (Roku 3) which is awesome; we use it in the family room, where most of the TV viewing is done. Afterwards, I wanted a Roku for the other 2 lesser-viewed TVs in the house. I have Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Videos and Time Warner Cable w/DVR box on the family room TV only. I wanted 2 more Rokus so that I could use the TWC Roku app to access channels on the other TVs that I would otherwise need a set-top box to do. However, I didn't want to spend another $200 for 2 more Roku 3s. So, I started looking at the Roku 2 models, and after a LOT of research, I decided to get the Roku 2XS. I bought 2 refurbished models at a greatly-reduced price, and I couldn't be happier. The only difference I find in the Roku 3 and the Roku 2XS is that the Roku 3 has a little faster processor (yes, it's noticeable but not critical). Also, the Roku 3's remote has a headphone jack so that you can hear the show privately through earphones (which are supplied) or your own headphones. I may never use this feature, but you never know. (Interestingly, the Roku 2XS is not even offered on the Roku site anymore...hmmm.). I highly recommend this purchase, and thanks Amazon for having it available!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
For Netflix , Roku has it together ! Their interface is large and easy to navigate and the ability to receive the movies is top notch , had a. Sony but their graphics were very small and the unit really didn't operate well at all . Got the Roku and it works well .
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
Check to settings to see if unit still assigned to another account. I received my refurb roku and set it up and did not notice it was still assigned to someone else's account: Main menu>Setttings (furtherst to left)>Player Info> check for account assignment at top. After several tries of resetting to factory default and no success or removing prior account, got on line chat with Roku. Perfect:
1. with open paper clip wire, press reset and hold for full 30 seconds
2. immediately upon 30 seconds passing, unplug power source of Roku (easiest to remove from back of Roku unit
3. Leave power off for full minute
4. Plug in power
5. Pair remote with Roku unit. Open battery cover and hold down green button until remote flashes to indicate it is paired.
IF REMOTE DOESN'T WORK AT ALL, PAIR AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.
6. Go thru set up and after choosing wireless or ethernet, you will get code to go to Roku to activate unit on line
7. Register or sign in with previous registration
8. Check Player Info in settings (see above) to check that unit account is your account. Top line.
Using remote to go to setting and doing reset to factory defaults did not work for me to delete prior owner account.
IF YOU SELL OR GIVE AWAY YOUR UNIT, DO THE FACTORY RESET AS IN 1-4 AND CHECK THE ROKU ACCOUNT ASSIGNED WITH FIRST SET OF INSTRUCTIONS. You don't want someone using your account to buy movies, etc.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
While the uniit works fine and the software had been reset to new, the outside casing of the roku and remote had some fine scratches on them. not a biggie, but wanted to be sure and mention it because usually when I buy a refurb, the outside of the product is brand new. The item also included 2 USED duracell batteries which were dead. However, despite these short comings, the item performs very well and I am overall satisfied with it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
After having a really old roku player for some time now, i decided to get a roku 2 for my other TV, i didn't want to pay full price, so i ordered this refurbished one. I have not had any problems with it or the control remote, it's streams perfectly well, and it came with a free angry birds game which i love. I love roku
Another thing I forgot to mention, the batteries that come with the remote did not work, so initially i thought the remote was faulty, but i simple replaced them with fresh batteries and it worked perfectly.
UPDATE: My roku still works perfectly...i just wanted to mention that it has automatically updated itself! The interface is now more user friendly and it lets you search for movies, shows, or actors easier and faster. love the update.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
I was really glad to get a better price on the refurbished XS and after comparing, decided the Roku 3 wasn't worth the extra money. Plus it's an even better deal with the HDMI cable included- besides the headphone jack on the remote on the 3, I don't think I am missing out on anything with the older model.
Setup was easy and went smoothly. Followed the included instructions to pair the remote- no problem. Located and linked to my wireless network- no problem. Account setup was simple. Yes it does require a credit card to setup- that may be an issue for some, but it's linked to my accounts I am using on here anyways, so I don't find it to be a big issue. I also added the pin number to avoid any unauthorized purchases. Easy to add channels and search. I also got the app running on my Android phone.
The only thing I noticed was little hiccups where the remote would hang and freeze for about 10 seconds here and there. And I am disappointed there is no native Youtube app. But otherwise all works as it should. I'd only had experience with the orginal Roku and am definitely impressed with the changes they've made- cleaner, smoother, faster.