Roku 2 Gets 1080p HD Netflix Streams, Previous Models Won’t

Roku 2 Netflix Friday Night Lights ScreenshotWith all the excitement around Roku's latest Roku 2 players, which features 1080p Netflix streaming with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 pass-through audio, it turns out there was a small bit of disappointing news that didn't make the headlines. According to Roku's Director of Product Management, "these new encodings will not be supported on previous generation Roku [...]

Roku Officially Rolls Out ‘USB Media Player Channel’

Roku XDSD HD-XR Supported Video FormatsGot a USB equipped Roku XD|S or HD-XR (previous generation) player? Well, Roku has just launched their USB Media Player Channel, which enables user to playback their photos, music, and videos stored on a USB drive. As you can see from the chart above, video formats supported are mainly of the H.264 variety, though WMV9/VC-1 [...]

Roku Sales Doubled When Apple TV Launched

Roku XD|S PlayerI've silently been admiring Roku's strategy to build a drop-dead simple 'net-connected media streamer that anyone can understand, install, and easily use. It's never had a major marketing campaign, no interesting jingle that plays back over and over in your mind, and it surely doesn't tell your friends how cool you are. It's a device [...]

Roku Refreshes Its Player Lineup with New, 1-inch Thick HD, XD, and XD|S Models

Roku XD|S PlayerRoku has done a complete refresh of their player lineup. The first thing you'll notice is that the player has changed drastically in design. It's now 1-inch thick by 5-inches wide. Prices range from $59.99 — $99.99. The main difference between the models is that the entry-level HD can only output 720p video; XD adds [...]