|Item Weight||0.32 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.9 x 3.9 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||2500R|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
Roku HD Streaming Player (Old Model)
- Fully loaded. Top rated: Voice, headphone & games
- Remote with headphones and gaming
- 2000+ streaming channels : free, subscription, rent & buy
- Search Across the most channels. Great with mobile devices
- Roku 3 works with virtually any TV with an HDMI connection. You can plug your Roku 3 directly into your TV or receiver depending on your preference. Setting up your Roku player requires that you have a broadband internet connection, a wireless router (and/or wired for Roku 2 or Roku 3), power, an HDMI cable (sold separately), and an HDTV. Once you have all of those ingredients, just plug in your Roku player. Our guided set up will walk you through updating and installing channels
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|Connectivity Technology||wi-fi_ready||Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Built-in Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions||3.90 x 3.90 x 1.00 inches||1.50 x 0.80 x 2.80 inches||3.30 x 1.40 x 0.70 inches||3.70 x 0.80 x 0.47 inches||4.92 x 4.92 x 0.83 inches||7.70 x 5.00 x 2.00 inches|
|Item Weight||0.32 ounces||1.10 ounces||1.28 ounces||0.57 lbs||7.94 ounces||1.28 ounces|
|Supported Internet Services||Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora, Hulu Plus||Apple TV, Prime Video, Netflix, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime and Google Play, Hulu with Live TV||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora||Apple TV, Prime Video, Netflix, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime and Google Play, Hulu with Live TV||Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, Hulu||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora|
|Total HDMI Ports||1||1||—||—||1||—|
|Total USB Ports||0||—||—||—||—||—|
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 Mlbs Includes one stop search. There’s even a free app for iOS and Android.
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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
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.
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, FoxNews.com, and CNN.
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|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.
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 is in perfect working order and is sold as is.
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1. Roku 1 had an HDMI ihookup as well as an A/V cable hookup. The Roku 3 only has the HDMI hookup. If you have an older TV that doesn't have an HDMI port than you'll want to stick to the older model.
2. The Roku 1 is completely wireless, despite what the picture shows. The Roku 3 is wireless but also has an ethernet port to give your Roku a more stable, wired connection if you choose.
3. The Roku 1 does not have a USB port. The Roku 3 does. This is nice for having access to photos, movies, or music from a USB drive all through the Roku.
4. The remote on the Roku 1 needs to be pointed directly at the Roku to work. The Roku 3's remote works off the wireless network and does not need to be in the direct line of site of the device to work.
5. The Roku 1 does not have YouTube, the Roku 3 does. This isn't a huge deal to me but for some people it could be so it's worth noting.
6. The response time on the Roku 3 is much improved over the Roku 1 which is still not bad. However, I owned 3 Roku 1's and they all have a tendency to "freeze" where I need to occasionally unplug them and reboot them. It only takes a moment and isn't more than a mild inconvenience. However, I haven't noticed this issue yet on the Roku 3.
7. The Roku 3 has games such as Angry Birds, and a remote which is geared towards gaming. I never use this function so I can't say much on how well it works but it's a feature that the Roku 1 doesn't have.
Overall, the Roku 1 and the Roku 3 are two very different machines in terms of features and options. If all you want to do is stream, and you don't play games, use the USB feature, or need a wired connection - then there is nothing inherently wrong with the Roku 1. However, the Roku 3 is faster and less glitchy. Personally, I prefer the Roku 3.
Also important to note, I chose Roku because it has Vudu as a channel option. I have yet to see this channel offered with Apple TV or the new Amazon streaming device. It's Walmart's digital service and you can redeem and play Ultraviolet copies on it as well as rent movies. I think it's probably the best and most user-friendly UV service offered so it's worth noting that only the Roku will play it at this time, as well as other services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Flixster.
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. All you have to do is create an account on Roku.com and enter your credit card info (don't worry, you're not going to have to buy most of the channels or shows, you just have to have your info stored in case you buy one of the paid channels or you download something off of Amazon OnDemand. I personally didn't find it a big deal, but I can understand why people would be annoyed by this). Once you're done with the initial setup (which takes about 10 minutes, give or take), the box will automatically download several channels for you: Amazon OnDemand, Crackle, Netflix, HuluPlus, and Pandora. Also, on the Roku HD remote - in contrast to the LT - there are three shortcut buttons for Netflix, Crackle, and Pandora, which is very nice to have.
Content: you go into the Channel Store (on the home screen) and from there download any channel you want that's available. There are dozens upon dozens of channels, ranging from popular ones to obscure. You can get sports, tech, news, obviously movies and TV, and many more channels. Plus, Roku is good about updating new channels on a regular basis (although right now most of the added channels are religious stations). Unfortunately, the Roku HD doesn't have a simple search function, so you're going to have to scroll through these channels manually. Right now, while the number of channels is comparatively small, it's more of an annoyance than a real problem, but as more channels get added in the future, Roku's going to have to add a search function if they want to keep people buying. Once again, remember that some channels do require a monthly subscription or require you to pay to download the channel, so look before you leap. However, the variety is excellent; there's going to be something for everyone. Plus, unlike with cable, if you don't like a channel, you can delete it (although for monthly paid services remember to call them and tell them to cancel your subscription).
Quality of picture: as mentioned everywhere, the maximum picture the Roku HD will broadcast in is 720P/1080i. In other words, it's HD, but not full HD. Right now, while virtually all TV shows are still broadcast in 720P, that's not a big deal - even on larger TVs - and if you have a TV under 42 inches you're probably not going to notice a great difference in picture quality between 720P and 1080P anyway, but for recent Amazon OnDemand movies or with a larger TV (i.e. 50 inches) you might want to shell out for the Roku 2 XS (which is around $100) to take full advantage of your TV's picture quality. However, I have to say the picture quality on the box is excellent. I have a PS3 with Hulu Plus as well, and honestly the picture on the Roku HD is much better: much crisper, slightly less "digital-looking", and just plain better (for the record, I have a 32" LED from LG).
Internet: because the Roku HD is single-bandwith, and because you just plain need a lot of proverbial horsepower to get the most out of streaming digital video, you're going to need a fairly fast internet connection. I would argue that if you're download speed is 1.5 MBPS, for instance, you're going to have a hard time watching stuff on the Roku HD. I have 30 MBPS, so for me streaming is easy EXCEPT when I want to get on my computer. Then audio problems sometimes arise. It's more pronounced on some channels than others; Netflix never has a problem, but Hulu can become unwatchable at times because the sound quality deteriorates so badly. This is apparently a problem on most Roku devices, so be forewarned. Honestly, it doesn't happen that often, and as of late when it does happen, it's usually only for a few seconds while the video buffers, and then it's fine, so don't worry this isn't a deal-breaker.
Other observations/complaints: not every channel you could want is on here. YouTube, Vudu, and Twitter are just some of the channels found on other devices that are not present (as of this review) on any of the Roku boxes. In terms of Facebook, Roku has a channel for your Facebook picture/movie uploads, but it's literally only that; there's no full Facebook integration. A much ballyhooed channel is Plex. Plex allows you to stream movies, videos, and photos off your computer onto your TV. For example, I use iTunes for my music, and what Plex lets me do is stream the music off of iTunes onto my TV. The biggest problem with Plex is you have to have your computer up and running the Plex app in order to do all this. Kind of annoying.
So how much do you save? My mom got one of these as well and dumped DirectTV, for which she was paying around $80/month. After factoring in the monthly cost of a Netflix and Hulu subscription (she hasn't downloaded anything off of Amazon, and she doesn't have any of the other subscription channels), she's saving about $60/month. That's a great deal of money. More importantly, she says she's watching her TV more now than she was with satellite. Roku's not perfect - and certainly not being able to watch live TV (for most things) has its disadvantages - but if you need a cheap way to reduce your cable bill while still enjoying your favorite shows, the Roku HD is the best value around.