I have been looking for a cheap way yo watch downlaoded content from my server and things like iPlayer and netflix on the main TV for ages... I was using the server plugged into the TV which, with the fans was not quiet.. I had never heard of the Roku but took a punt... I love it! I now am able to watch any of my content on any PC, TV and phone in the house or while away via the iPhone and iPad (Plex is great for this)
It was so simple to set up. I already had Plex installed and running on my server so all I needed to do was plug it in (I used an HDMI cable). Register the box on Roku website (which involved setting up an account) - some of the apps you pay for and require payment details.
It picked up the wi-fi and as I had downloaded an app for the phone to control it (which allows you to use the iPhone keyboard which is a lot quicker than using the arrows) I could enter the password quickly. I have had no buffering issues so far with everything I have thrown at it. (This may be Plex which will transcode to 720p if the source is 1024p)
I have installed the Plex App, iPlayer and Netflix app. There is also other free video channels and verious other things but these were the reason I bought it. No 4OD but you can add that to the Plex server
So simple to use, its fast, the menu's are responsive and its a nice piece of kit. the iPlayer banner and widgets don't Disappear as quickly as I would like but its a very small niggle (as is the way it Disappears)
Please note: If you WiFi signal is not the best, this box does not include an ethernet port.