|Item Weight||7.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||2050X|
Roku XD 2050, 720p Streaming Player
- 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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|Connectivity Technology||wi-fi_built_in||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||USB, Ethernet||Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions||4.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 in||3.3 x 1.4 x 0.7 in||1.6 x 0.8 x 5.5 in||3.74 x 3.74 x 1.23 in||3.5 x 3.5 x 1 in||1.05 x 3.1 x 0.45 in|
|Item Weight||7.2 ounces||1.28 ounces||—||3.46 ounces||5 ounces||0.64 ounces|
|Internet Applications||Hulu Plus, Pandora, Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon Instant Video||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu||google_play, hulu, vudu, netflix||Amazon Instant Video||Amazon Instant Video||Amazon Instant Video|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||1||1||1||—||1|
|Total Usb Ports||—||0||0||0||1||0|
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
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.
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 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.
How Roku works
Setting up Roku is as easy as 1-2-3
- Plug it in. Roku is compatible with virtually any TV
- Add it to your home network. Whether your home is wireless or wired, the helpful on-screen instructions make it a cinch.
- 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
|Works with virtually any TV (standard definition or HD)|
|Plays high-definition video (720p)|
|Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi), plus wired (Ethernet) connector|
|HDMI video output for HDTVs|
|Plays 1080p HD video|
|Enhanced remote with Instant Replay|
|Extended-range Wireless-N (b/g/n compatible)|
|Dual-band wireless technology--the latest standard|
|Component video and optical audio outputs|
|USB port for playing stored photos, music, and videos|
Top customer reviews
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. Some of the reasons include the following:
- Roku Remote is the simplest to use than the Wii and Sony remotes with fewer and easier to understand buttons
- Roku provides access to NetFlix suggested titles and search. This is also available for the Wii but not the Sony Internet DVD player
- The Roku seems to do a better job at buffering the streaming content resulting in less video interuptions
In conclusion, we have a better video experience today than when we were paying $80 for Dish. Netflix gives us access to movies and past seasons of TV shows. Playon with Hulu gives us DVR access to all of the latest TV shows, we love the Hulu favorites Queue and the emails letting us know the latest episodes are in the queue.
Outside of our internet connection (need 2MBPS or more) which we already had in place, our total internet video monthly fees are $12.95 for NetFlix and $14 for Basic (Limited) Comcast Cable. A great savings with a better video experience.
I have found the wifi/network stack to be more flaky than your average wifi device.... while other devices in my house will stay connected to my network just fine- the Roku will occasionally reject it for no particular reason. This happens about once every other week or so. A simple restart suffices but it takes a while for it to process a restart... boot time is fairly slow.
When I bought this device I somehow had the impression that I would be able to access my home media library on a Windows-based network share... after setting it up I learned that you have to actually PAY an additional fee for a "channel" (application) to be installed on it in order to do this -- this was disappointing and I didn't think it was worth the fee.
Roku XD Streaming gives the impression of flexibility with an apparent multitude of media sources - but the only ones that are useful at all are Netflix and Hulu Plus. I'm sorry - I love you Amazon, but who really uses Amazon Video on Demand enough to warrant buying a device for it?
I like it as a cheap high-quality netflix player with built-in wifi... for that I'm still happy I bought it. If you expect a lot more than that from it, look elsewhere.
Well, we had Netflix streaming through our Blu Ray player but we moved and we have a 6 month old son so we didn't want the model/router in the living room just so the Blu Ray player could be hardwired. We also have Xbox Gold so we could watch Netflix over our wireless but I hate using such a powerful machine to do something so menial. And we already owned a bunch of Amazon VOD content so the Roku seemed like the perfect tool.
Thus far, it has been. We don't have cable/satellite so the only stuff we watch on our TV is streamed or downloaded and then played through the Xbox (that's rarely the case). So, the Roku lets us watch older shows and movies (Netflix) and newer shows and movies as well as on demand rentals (Amazon VOD) for less than what basic cable costs. It hooked up to our wireless quick and easy - entering the password for the WPA2 Personal security was easy enough and it only took me a few seconds to add the Roku remote to our universal remote.
Honest to goodness, this thing is so easy to use that my luddite mother-in-law figured out how to use it. I didn't see a real need to pay an extra $20 to get a USB port or the fancier wifi antennae (we don't use the dual band N signal, just the older single band). We have cable internet which averages about 13 Mbps and shows on Netflix and AVOD only take a few seconds to load and then play without a hiccup in beautiful quality.
And the box is so tiny, it sits on top of our Blu Ray player (which is off most of the time, so there's no heating issue) and you can't hardly see it (everything in the entertainment center is black).
I don't get the goofy purple cloth bit sticking out the side of the unit and the remote, but, whatever - aesthetics aren't #1 on my list.
Anyway, setup was easy, getting it hooked up was easy, use is easy and it does so much. It's a great way to take advantage of the Netflix streaming.