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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little box, quick and stable., 3 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player (Electronics)
Let's get the negatives out of the way first, as I was torn between 4 or 5 stars. I went with 5 because the unit is so much better (stable and quick) than my previous WD streamer, and who wants 'flaky' when you sit down to watch TV?

- there is no YouTube channel. It's quite easy to fix if you have a smartphone (see below)

- there does not appear to be a channel for the new Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service. I can't believe this situation will exist for long, as Amazon are really missing a trick (Netflix is supported and works very well)

So, everything else excels in my experience, I have a reasonable bandwidth rural broadband (approx 5Mbps) and my Roku is connected via an ethernet cable. The Roku handset (which is also a 'wii' style controller) feels good in the hand and works well. Setup is a bit quirky (you need to register the Roku and download an update) but out of the box to working is only a few minutes. The unit has not 'hung up' since I installed (this was a regular occurrence with my old WD unit, especially with iPlayer and YouTube)

- iPlayer is smooth (even on HD) and no lipsync issues.
- Netflix works perfectly and is HD (I cannot vouch for the 5.1 audio).
- The synology DS Video service works perfectly and indexes the movies and TV shows on my home NAS. I also tried accessing movies from a laptop on my network and this worked fine (Roku Media channel)
- 4oD is supported and works well (forced adverts before watching).
- Demand5 is supported and works well.
- Vevo music channel works well and sounds great (some forced adverts).
- Vimeo video channel works well.
- There are tons of movie channels, too many to review.

Youtube can be driven from a smartphone using Twonky Beam (free app) and this works well and is easier to search using the smartphone/tablet keyboard. I tested using iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S2 and Nexus7.

It may be possible to access Amazon Prime Instant Video by using the same approach as Twonky (from a smartphone or tablet) or by running some sort of Plex server on network PC. Too complex for me, but I'd be amazed if Amazon did not launch a channel on the Roku soon.

All in all, a great little box - If it had Amazon Prime Instant Video and YouTube channels it would be 100%
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2014, 13:20:30 BST
Stephen Amos says:
I don't think Amazon Prime will be available on the Roku as Amazon intends to release their own media player soon. If they want to sell it they must have exclusive rights to the content.
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