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Product Description

The Roku HD delivers all the streaming entertainment choices, 720p HD video quality, and ease-of-use that Roku is known for, at an amazing price. Enjoy 600+ channels from all the top sources such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, HBO GO and MLB. Includes one-stop search. There’s even a free app for iOS and Android.

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The best in Movies and TV

Roku HD streams 600+ channels to any TV easily and wirelessly, all at an amazing price. Features 720p HD video quality and one-stop search.

600+ channels and growing. Movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, VUDU, and HBO GO, plus live sports, music, news, international, and more, up to 720p HD.

Free movies! Includes hundreds of full-length Hollywood movies and TV series from Crackle -- all free and on-demand.

Best selection of live sports.  Featuring MLB baseball, NHL hockey, NBA basketball, MLS soccer, and more.

One-stop search.  Find your favorite movies and TV shows all from one place -- no matter if they're on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or Hulu Plus.

The easiest setup. Works with virtually any TV, includes built-in wireless, and sets up in minutes.

Free iOS and Android app.  Use it like a remote. Browse and add new channels. Even stream your music and photos from your phone or tablet to your HDTV.
The best in Movies and TV

The best in movies and TV

Roku puts over 150,000 titles at your fingertips, including…

  • The biggest Netflix experience around, with support for HD video, Dolby Digital+ surround sound, and English subtitles.
  • Hulu Plus, with an amazing selection of current TV shows from the biggest networks.
  • Amazon Instant Video, featuring the latest movie releases, virtually all the blockbusters of the past, hit TV series, and much more—all on demand.
  • Hundreds of free Hollywood movies from Crackle.
  • Access to premium services like HBO GO and EPIX, available via participating providers.
With Roku, you'll always find that perfect movie or show to fit your mood.

The most content is on Roku
Plus even more choices

With over 600 entertainment channels and counting, there's something for virtually everyone, including…

  • Unlimited music from Pandora, MOG, Rdio, and Live365.
  • Live sports packages including NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter Live, MLS Matchday, UFC, and MLB.TV.
  • Photo and video sharing via Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa.
  • The top news sources like NBC,, and CNN.
Of course, there are also tons of international and lifestyle programming, tech news, social networking, podcasts, cartoons, clips, cat tricks, and... well, you get the idea.

The best in Movies and TV

Compare Roku models

Roku LT
Roku HD
Roku 2XD
Roku 3
750+ entertainment channels
Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n compatible)
New on-screen experience with one-stop search
Plays 720p HD video*
Instant replay control on remote
Plays 1080p HD video*
Remote with headphone jack (includes in-ear headphones)

Motion control for games (Angry Birds Space included free)      
Dual-band wireless, Ethernet port & USB port**


*Availability of 720p or 1080p HD video varies by entertainment channel

** See product description below for list of file formats supported via USB

***All Roku 2 models feature a MicroSD memory slot for additional storage capacity, plus Bluetooth for adding an RF remote control

It's ridiculously easy

From the simple remote to the easy-to-use interface, Roku was designed to please everyone. All you need to get started is a high-speed Internet connection (and a TV, of course). The built-in wireless and guided setup mean you can be up and running in minutes. And we bet you don't even have to call your nerdy nephew for help.

The best in Movies and TV
NETFLIX, AMAZON Instant video, Hulu Plus, Cackle

Included with the Roku HD

  • Remote control
  • Two AA batteries
  • HDMI video output (for high-definition)
  • Composite A/V combo output (for standard-definition; works with included A/V cable)
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n)
  • A/V cable (red/white/yellow)
  • Power adapter
  • Get Started guide
  • 90-day manufacturer warranty

What you need

  • A TV
  • High-speed Internet service with a speed of at least 1.2 Mbps (such as mid-level DSL). For HD video, 5 Mbps is recommended.
  • A wireless router

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameRoku
Item Weight0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions3.9 x 3.9 x 1 inches
Item model number2500R
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Color NameBlack
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #2,246 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 10, 2012
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Customer Reviews

There were a few times I had to unplug and plug it back in as it would freeze up.
Not only is it easy to stream your Netflix/Hulu+, but there are also all sorts of free channels you can download, as well as subscription services like MLB TV.
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The picture is great, I love streaming tv shows and movies and watching it on demand.

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1,951 of 2,008 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Smith on July 28, 2012
With cable and satellite bills rising, most people - including myself - don't want to shell out X dollars per month just to watch five shows on a regular basis. Although there are numerous choices out there, the two most popular are Apple TV and Roku. Although I have an iPhone and an iPad, in addition to a MacBook, I didn't want to pay $100 for something that I had no experience with (streaming at-home devices). Plus, Wal-Mart had the Roku HD on sale for $50, and CNET had given the HD - and it's twin, the LT - an Editor's Choice Award, so I took the plunge. Here's my review after almost 2 months of using the box on a regular basis.

Before I begin, though, a word of warning: no, you will not get HuluPlus or Netflix free just because you paid for the Roku box. I seriously doubt anyone thought this was the case, but just in case I'm wrong you still have to pay for those subscriptions if you want to use those channels. Also, you still have to have a cable subscription that includes HBO to access HBO Go - and just because your cable or satellite provider allows you to watch the HBO Go app on your mobile device doesn't mean they'll allow you to access HBO Go on the Roku. Through DirectTV, I can watch HBO Go on my aforementioned mobile devices, but (as of this writing) I can't watch HBO Go on the Roku. I maintain this is more the fault of HBO than Roku or the providers (this fact apparently holds true on the Apple TV as well), but regardless this is something you need to remember if HBO Go is a make-or-break factor in whether to buy one of these devices.

Setup is easy. You plug in an HDMI cable (or a component cable, if you have a non-HDMI TV; another advantage all the Rokus have over the Apple TV), plug in the power supply, and you begin setup.
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501 of 554 people found the following review helpful By GL on June 23, 2012
I am old. Technology is viewed, by me, with suspicion. I was the last one at my work to be forced (kicking and screaming) into using a computer in the early 90s. I was the last one of my friends to buy a desktop computer and get an email address for home ('96). I still do not have a cell phone.

I have, however, some knowledge of techology as an enhancement for home entertainment. I have a 46" Samsung LCD with "full array" LED backlighting (2010), an OPPO BD-83 player, and a Denon receiver. I feel my equipment, while not cutting edge, is pretty good. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about film and have been purchasing dvds, dvd-rs, or blu-ray discs since each format became available. Perhaps because of my age, my taste runs toward older, studio catalog titles. For me, "streaming video" meant poor, blurry images and poor sound especially for older titles. I resisted all the little gizmos techies talked about when they discussed "cutting the (cable) cord" by streaming videos from Netflix and other "like" services. I wanted the best quality image I could get and I assumed "streaming" was for folks who really did not care about picture quality as long as they could see what was going on (I know, I know, what an uninformed snob!). I spent a great deal of money on Directv and buying Warner Archives, Columbia Classics and MGM limited edition discs (usually dvd-rs).

Then, I read an Amazon customer review of a studio catalog title I was interested in. It was an older movie(the 40's)and he said he had streamed it using Netflix. I found out that Netflix and Amazon had many of the titles available to "stream" that I usually was unable to find at any rental place. I decided to purchase the $60.00 Roku HD (720P) for my little Samsung 32" set in my den.
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521 of 587 people found the following review helpful By L. Allen on April 13, 2012
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Was looking for a wireless streaming player for my Netflix and Amazon Instant Video accounts. This is for the bedroom on my 37" 720p LCD, so I didn't need to spend the extra $$ on the Roku 1080p capable players. In reality, you aren't likely going to get true 1080p video from these streaming players anyway. At any rate, this Roku HD player seemed to fill my need and it definitely does. Easy to link to your existing streaming accounts and Crackle is a free channel with movies and TV episodes, although you do have commercials. Doesn't come with a HDMI cable, but I had a spare on hand.

One note on the remote pictured, it's not the one included. The remote that came with this player has the added, dedicated buttons for Netflix, Pandora and Crackle. Other than those additions it's the same as what is pictured. Highly recommended for those who just want a streaming player for under $60, since this is all it does.
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356 of 409 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on May 9, 2012

The Roku HD is a great little wireless-only player. Despite its name, the Roku HD does not support HD video at 1080p. It supports 720p.

The Roku HD is the replacement for the Roku LT per Roku. Currently the Roku website as of this writing is listing both the Roku LT and the Roku HD, with both feature sets being identical. The Roku LT is sold out on Roku's website. Update July 11 2012: It is currently in stock again on Roku's website as of this writing.

It supports 802.11n WiFi (b/g/n compatible). It has the following video outputs, identical to the Roku LT: 480i over composite video, 480p over HDMI, and 720p over HDMI. Like the Roku LT, it will do the following video modes: 720p HD, 16:9 anamorphic, and 4:3 standard. It will not do 1080p.

--An HDMI cable is not included, but the composite video cable is.


The Roku HD is not capable of playing Angry Birds, Pac Man, or similar games. The Roku HD does not include bluetooth capability, which is necessary to play these games. The Roku players that are able to play Angry Birds/Pac Man as of this writing are Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS and the previous, older Roku 2 HD. Thus this Roku does not include the Roku Game Remote. Current price for that remote is around $35. The Roku 2 XS (model subject to change via Roku's website) comes with the Game Remote as of this writing, or you can purchase it in a package with a Micro SD card or separately.


I love the Roku HD's simple remote -- it is the one with the Netflix, Pandora and Crackle buttons, although it cannot go frame-by-frame in slow motion like a DVR remote. It is still a great design. It is the same remote that I got with my Roku LT and the one supplied with the Roku 2 XD.
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