October 27th 2009 8:30 am

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  • Media support No comments
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  • Ease of use No comments
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Detailed review
The Roku HD is an affordable media device that is very easy to connect to your media center. It supports HDMI to your television and optical audio to your stereo. This allows HD w/5.1 audio on those movies that support it.

The killer app is Netflix streaming. If you have a Netflix account you can stream unlimited content via the Roku. The selection of Watch Instantly titles is not that great and mostly consists of older movies and some TV series. This most certainly will change in the future as physical discs become a dying industry. It would also be nice to have the ability to stream movies stored on your LAN as well as from online providers like Hulu and the major networks. We can only hope that Roku continues to add features and work out deals with other providers. They will have to in order to keep pace with Boxee.

I highly recommend this gadget if you want an inexpensive way to start watching Internet video on your TV.