Roku has finally come out with a next-gen version of the Roku internet tv streamer and it is smaller than before.
Now let me see if I can remember how it was before because they don’t have their older models on their site anymore. The cheaper one did not have HD at all, it was for older model tv’s. The 2nd one was XD and the 3rd one was XS. I remember that much. The XD and XS were the only 2 that had HD in them. I bought 2 of the XD’s because the only difference between the XD and XS were that the XS had a USB on it so you could hook up a USB drive for looking at external images and/or videos. I forget what else but it wasn’t that much else.
They have added many more features to the XS now which makes me want it more than the XD. Like the old XD had wired and wifi internet connection and now only the XS has that. Well, when I bought the 2 XD’s in January, I had so much trouble with the wifi that I had to plug it in to the router with the wire.
I have several blog posts about the Roku. The first one was about the Roku and about how I was going to buy it. Internet TV. Then We are officially switching our cable and I remember how excited I was that I was going to be saving SO much money every month by not having to pay for cable. I was mislead into thinking that even though everything else was going to be like DVR where I’d have to find what to watch, just like I do on the internet, I’d also get live news. (Roku didn’t mislead me, Chips family member did.) Well, that wasn’t right and Darrin didn’t like that very much so we kept our cable.
Then I said I won’t miss my shows but I found out that was a total lie because there were only a few shows on Hulu Plus that they allowed you to watch on your TV. In fact, I would end up having to watch 95% of my shows on the computer anyway.
Just before we got our Roku boxes I was starting to question my decision; Is getting the Roku was worth it. Then the next day they came and I posted this: Our Roku Boxes Arrived Today… They’re Going Back Tomorrow.
The main issue that I had with the Roku boxes was getting them connected. It took a long time to get them online with my wifi and when I finally did they were only on for 30 minutes before disconnecting. I had spent several hours on the phone getting them turned on, even changing my router settings and everything and still nothing but problems.
They said I had 30 days to return them and of course they went to the post office the next day.
I was really sad because I really thought it was going to be such a cool thing but it turned out to be really disappointing to us. Darrin likes to watch the news as it happens, not as it happened yesterday. And with the Casey Anthony trial, he wanted to see all of that unfold as it happened.
So I was getting the Roku for the wrong reasons. I was getting it so that I could save money on my cable bill because I was paying $110 for it every month and if I switched to Roku I’d only have to pay $8 for Netflix and $8 for Hulu Plus. Well, the Netflix was a good thing but the Hulu Plus wasn’t. The Roku has hundreds of channels (or websites) to choose from but the issue is still the same, no live anything. If I cancel my cable I need to have something that is live, even if it’s streaming live tv from the net, I don’t care. Roku doesn’t work that way.
I do recommend the Roku 2 only if you do not plan on canceling your cable. It is not a cable replacement but an addition to your cable. That is ok. You can choose the different boxes that they have.
If I were to buy this again, which I am seriously thinking about, I would go with the XS version only because I really need to know that if my WiFi doesn’t connect, at least I can plug it in to my router. Also, check it out, they’ve added games to it. I also like that USB port. My tv has an SD card but not USB so that would be cool to add.
If I didn’t care about the cable (wire, not cable tv) so much, I would buy the HD because it has everything else I need minus the 1080p which doesn’t really matter to me because most everything that is on the internet is not 1080p anyway, even Hulu+ and Netflix. So the middle box doesn’t really make sense to me.
I am not so jaded by my past experience with Roku that I would slam them and say they have a horrible service because the problem I had was a minor technical problem with the wifi. The service they provide is awesome.
I think the Roku is such an awesome piece of technology and I say go for it, buy it. It works great and if really have to have Hulu then you can also do the PlayOn thing which means your desktop computer has to be super fast and you won’t be able to use it anymore since it is now your tv’s server lol. I can’t do that because my computer isn’t fast enough.
I’m seriously thinking about it but that is off in the future because I’m too broke right now. Maybe I will wait until Christmas when I might have the money. But until then, I can hook my CR-48 up to my tv to watch videos, which is what I have been doing. It’s not great but it’s something at least for now.
If I were to rate the Roku I would give them 5 stars.