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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Media Player with some Minor Flaws, December 10, 2011
This review is from: Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player (Old Model) (Electronics)
I recently got a WD TV Live and i love it because it plays literally all the media files i have saved on my external hard drive. I decided to try the Roku 2 XS because i needed an extra media player for my living room, as i was using WD for my bedroom. I think the Roku XS is a great device for streaming media from channels (NBC, Netflix, CNET, etc). But don't think you are going to get every episode of everything for free. Content from free channels are limited. The Roku is NOT flawless, it does have some pluses and minuses. I think the user interface on the Roku is slightly better than the WD because it is a bit more fluid, doesn't have that extra one second lag when performing easy functions like typing and searching. It also has more channels than the WD. However, WD has YouTube and Roku doesn't, but then again Roku has Amazon Prime streaming, and WD doesn't. So each device has its own perks. These two devices would be perfect if i could smash them into one ultimate media player. What one has, the other lacks.

Setup for the most part was fairly easy, but immediately after setting up wi-fi, Roku must do a software update and for some reason, it wouldnt download it so i kept fiddling with this thing for over an hour. I plugged in my ethernet plug and then it FINALLY downloaded, only when wired. Yes, this does require the buyer to disclose their credit card information. It doesn't charge the customer, but they save it on file for future use when customers want to buy certain channels, etc. I was a bit annoyed because a lot of the channels included required a log in name and password. After awhile, it just got plain annoying. Even using the Roku requires one to sign up and create a Roku account. Also remember that with the Roku player, having a solid wi-fi connection is a must. If not, just get the high-end XS model and plug in the ethernet plug to avoid buffering issues. I really wanted something simple to plug and play. The Roku doesn't play movie files that are just ripped from a DVD. The movie must be formatted and will play in MP4 format (all my movie files are in MP4 format). Overall, i am pleased, but i think if i were to get another streaming media player i'd go with WD.

Pros:
Semi-easy setup
Nice user interface
Some nice free channels (CNET TV, Anime, etc)
Small and compact size
Angry Birds
Plays MP4 movie files
Pandora, Amazon Prime, HBO
Fast Fowarding on movie files is a breeze
Plays movies from USB memory sticks
Plays movies from external 2TB hard drive (2TB max, can't do 3TB)

Cons:
Doesn't play AVI movies files
Can't play Windows Media Player movie files
Only 1 USB slot
Media folders from external HD are not in A-Z order
Menu customization is a bit limited
Advertisies 300 plus channels, but i don't see that many
Doesn't have YouTube
Doesn't have VEVO
Doesn't have progressive scan (when you go back to a movie you were in the middle of, it will start from the very beggining as oppose 2 where one left off)
**Keep in mind a solid wi-fi connection is a must or one will encounter many buffering issues and streaming movies not playing at all. I don't know if this is a Roku thing, or if people have cheap wi-fi routers (i am pretty sure it is a Roku thing), but i encountered many issues and the only way to avoid this is by connecting an ethernet plug into the device. I encountered no issues when the device was wired.**
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Initial post: Dec 12, 2011 8:53:29 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 12, 2011 8:53:54 PM PST
R. Snow says:
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Doesn't have progressive scan (when you go back to a movie you were in the middle of, it will start from the very begging as oppose 2 where one left off)
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Progressive scan is a type of display scanning, not media bookmarks. The two types are progressive where each scan line is done in a linear progression where interlaced (like 1080i) does the even lines on one scan then the odds on the next. Picture quality is the target and progressive (1080p) is superior and this device does progressive.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011 6:21:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2011 6:22:42 AM PST
Oops! My apologies. I always thought progressive scan meant that it plays back from where one last left off when watching a movie/DVD. Sorry about the terminology mix up. I always see 'progressive scan' when browsing DVD players at BEST BUY and i thought thats what it meant. My apologies about the mix up, but you know what i meant because i wrote my explanation in parenthesis.
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