View Full Version : Roku Streamer Overview

05-09-2013, 03:02 PM
The Roku is a streaming set-top box a little like the APple TV product. Once you have the box it just needs plugging into your TV and hooking up to the Wi-Fi network.

To watch streaming movies and shows, users need to download apps, or channels. There are over 700 presently that include Amazon, Netflix and TWC, HBO and Hulu. Music apps come from Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and Vevo. You can also access Facebook, but the device has no built in web browser, also a negative is the lack of YouTube or app.

The Roku can stream from the local network using the Plex media server, which needs installing on your home PC, and the app on your Roku.Video can be streamed at 1080p if you have the right model. MP4 and MKV H.264 is also supported. Audio formats are MP3 and AAC, and support is available for 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound.

If you want a show or movie. Putting it in the search box will bring up a list of services, paid and free that can offer what you want. The Roku costs around $100 if you want HD and is a great streaming box. Although less restrictive than an Apple TV, the Roku is still not as open source as an android box running XBMC.

05-09-2013, 03:40 PM
The Roku is a great little streamer. Compared to ATV the only negative is the lack of Airplay. Also the fact that it is not open source like XBMC means it cannot run all the good stuff. So i have to put it below an Android or HTPC for using as a media streamer. But if you just want a Netflix streamer or have an Amazon Prime account then it's ok.