Basically this product allows you to take a TV that isn't 'SMART' and allows you to add both free and paid for extra content to your TV.
This is a compact and easy to set up piece of equipment. I was amazed how small it really is. We are talking the size of a smart phone if that, just thicker. The remote is simple to use. The box itself feels well made.
Set up is simple. The menu guides you through set up and it was very painless. Once it is connected to the Wi-Fi it will give you a code to register on the Roku site. So be sure to have the interweb handy to get online with. Once you have entered the registration code you will then need to register an account. It will ask you for a payment option but you don't get charged anything unless you pay for any of the pay movies or channels. And you have the option on sign-up to set a PIN that has to be entered if anyone wants to pay for something. In terms of payment options it supports credit cards but also Paypal, which I found convenient.
In terms of connectivity to the TV you have two options. Either the old school RCA leads or via HDMI. If you go via HDMI you have a couple of extra options in the Settings menu such as Audio can be set to Surround sound. Maximum resolution via HDMI is 720p with this LT model.
One thing to be aware of is that thie LT model is Wi-Fi only. For most people these days this won't present a problem but if you are planning to use it with a TV in a room where the wi-fi connection is not the best then it may affect your ability to stream the content from your router to the Roku. And also don't forget that using this will use your broadband, so whilst I know most people are now on unlimited packages at home if you are not and you use a lot already be careful!
The more expensive model does offer a couple of major things. Firstly it can stream full 1080p and secondly it has an Ethernet connection so no reliance on Wifi. I guess you will need to make the call on how important those are to you. For me if Roku becomes a major feature in my house then I will consider getting the more expensive model to get all the benefits.
All in all the set up took me about 10 minutes tops, from plugging in to getting my first movie streaming via Crackle (free movies, including some you may have heard of!). The end of the setup also takes you through adding some initial channels. This is handy if only to get something streaming to prove it all works. To be honest even
There are loads of channels available, most of them free, probably around 100 or maybe more! Lots of people will use it for Netflix but there are a heck of a lot of other movie and tv content streaming channels available too. My advice would definitely be to have a good search on the device and check out the Roku web site as well. I mentioned Crackle above, be wary on that one as you will find adverts popping up reasonably often at quite annoying points in a film. Explains why it is free but also something to be wary of on a number of the free channels.
All in all this is a great addition to the home entertainment armoury. Even if you have a Smart TV you may well find the Roku gives you an even wider range of channels. I'm impressed so far.