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Couch potato paradise!
on 16 December 2013
Having previously owned a Roku XS2, I decided to upgrade and now use the older one in the bedroom. I have to say this is much snappier (things load like you'd expect a modern streamer to do (almost instantly), whereas with the XS2 there was always a delay of 3-5 seconds for each app to load. Not essential, but very welcome--though it will still depend on the speed of your internet connection (anything above 5mbs should play fine). I never use the headphone socket on the remote, but it is a nice feature if you want to watch late at night or use it (as another reviewer suggests) as a portable music player.
They are fairly easy to set up. You need to plug it in, let it find your network (and enter your wireless password if you're using wireless), then go online and register at Roku. The box will give you a code to enter online, then it installs all the channels and you're done. You can add/remove channels in the channel store.
As for content, you get:
BBC iPlayer (includes TV/Radio and the ability to store favourites)
4oD (nice app and has a huge catalogue of older programmes--same as 4oD website)
Now TV (Sky Sports £9.99 for 24 hours, Sky Movies £8.99 per month and Sky Entertainment Package (includes Sky Atlantic) £4.99 per month)
Sky Store (tons of New and old movies, Pay Per View between 99p and £4.49)
Plex (Stream Video files, YouTube, iTunes and some other channels from your Computer, also bookmark web videos from your browser to watch on the Roku later)
Spotify (requires premium membership)
450+ Rubbish channels.
I really only use it for iPlayer, 4oD and Netflix. Though the news channels are useful (on Sky News you can watch the latest weather report whenever you want). The picture on Netflix is fantastic (though it seems to auto adjust to the best picture depending on your internet speed). I'd highly recommend one if you can afford it, if not then the Roku 2 is probably your best bet. If Netflix isn't essential then you should probably just get a NowTV player from Sky for £10. I'd certainly not recommend a PS3 (as another reviewer suggests) unless you specifically want to play games (besides the initial extra cost, Roku consumes around 5 watts, whereas PS3 is 100+ watts).
UPDATE: Recently got a TV card for my PC and use it a lot for recording films. Using Plex I can stream things recorded with Windows Media Center to my TV with the Roku app. You just have to install Plex Media Server on your PC, add a "home movie" collection to your Plex media library and link it to the folder you keep the video files in. It plays Windows Recorded TV Show (.wtv) files fine :)