2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Changed the way I use TV,
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This review is from: Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player (Old Model) (Electronics)
I bought this item when it was a deal of the day a while back. I've been using PC's with MCE in both the living room and bedroom for a while now and got sick of using a keyboard to navigate. Sure I have a remote or two that were used occasionally but most of the time the keyboard had to come out to get to where we needed to be.
The Roku 2 has literally changed how I interact with my TV. Silly statement, sure but I find that this little device just works. As a plus it uses much less power than either of the PCs and has brought the UK's Channel 4 into my life through installation of the Nowhere TV channel.
Day to day I find myself using Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Twit.tv and the above mentioned Nowhere TV and they all work remarkably well. I also use Plex TV connected to my Linux server and it works wonderfully.
The only reason I deducted a star isn't really Roku's fault. I subscribe to Hulu Plus and there are MANY shows that are not available on this device. This does affect my enjoyment of the product and while Roku may not be able to "fix" it, it is worth noting.
As a work-around I've installed Plex on my iMac and it does work but can occasionally be choppy so it's not an ideal solution. I suppose the ideal solution would be for Roku to negotiate with Hulu in an attempt to get an exclusive license for streaming ALL Hulu Plus shows. Sure, Hulu might have then push back to the networks and studios but I can dream.