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Roku finally gets a 2D facelift

March 28, 2013
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I’ve griped for years about Roku’s retro one-dimensional menu. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Roku 3 model, the company is giving the Linux-based media streaming player a 2D facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones.
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Apple TV vs Google TV vs Roku vs Boxee vs…

March 7, 2012
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[Updated Dec. 28, 2012] — It’s looking like 2012 will go down as a watershed for “cord-cutters” seeking to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru “smackdown” pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other, based on their features, functions, specs, and quality of implementation.
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Roku 2 review and screenshot tour

February 7, 2012
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This in-depth review and screenshot tour takes a close look at Roku’s latest streaming media players. Although the Roku 2 series players are smaller and cost less than their predecessors, they’re jam-packed with multimedia apps, offer multiple A/V outputs along with microSD and USB expansion, and are significantly less power-thirsty.
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Roku 2 screenshot tour

February 1, 2012
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This screenshot tour was created to accompany our detailed review of Roku’s latest streaming media player device family. The tour comprises about 140 screenshots showcasing the Roku 2 media player’s menu system; its extensive library of movies, TV shows, and Internet content channels; the ability to stream from USB drives and LAN shares; the device’s setup functions; and more.
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Thumbdrive-sized streaming media players coming soon

January 4, 2012
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Roku plans to embed its streaming media player technology into a thumbdrive-style device that plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI port. The “Roku Streaming Stick” will instantly convert ordinary TVs into “smart TVs,” says Roku CEO Anthony Wood.
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Will Intel acquire Roku?

January 3, 2012
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According to rumors, Intel may be thinking about acquiring Roku, maker of the popular, low-cost, multimedia streaming device that competes aggressively with the Google TV, and Apple TV, and Boxee Box devices.
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Streaming multimedia player price war escalates

October 19, 2011
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Following Logitech slashing its Google TV box’s price to $99 and D-Link’s reduction of the Boxee Box’s price to $169, Roku has now introduced a low-end streaming multimedia player priced at just $50.
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Roku adds $50 streaming multimedia player

October 19, 2011
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Roku has added a new, entry-level device to its popular line of streaming multimedia players. The $50 “Roku LT” is nearly identical to the recently introduced Roku 2 HD player, except it omits that model’s microSD slot.
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Netflix’s Webkit-based UI for TV devices

September 9, 2011
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Netflix uses WebKit, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 to build user interfaces that are delivered to millions of game consoles, Blu-ray players, Internet-connected TVs, and devices such as the D-Link Boxee Box and Logitech Revue.
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New Roku players add gaming, subtract power

July 20, 2011
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Roku has just refreshed its popular family of streaming media players, adding a model with an enhanced remote control for playing “casual games,” and slashing the devices’ typical power consumption to less than 2 watts.
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Chart compares 13 streaming media players

May 31, 2011
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[Updated Aug 30, 2012] – StreamingMedia.com has updated its handy chart comparing many of the most popular Internet-enabled streaming media players, including the Apple TV, Boxee Box, Roku XDS, XBox 360, WD TV Live, and others.
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Are streaming media players a passing fad?

May 23, 2011
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Market analyst In-Stat is questioning whether dedicated “streaming media player” devices like the Roku player, Boxee Box, and Google TV-equipped Logitech Revue will be around for long. The reason: IP-streamed video is becoming a standard feature of TVs and Blu-ray players. Passing fad? We think not!
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