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Roku 2
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Type: Basic
About - Roku 2

The Roku 2 is part of the streaming media player & service test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players models like the 2 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Picture quality:
Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who compare each device's output to a reference. However, the quality of the video that you'll get is largely dependent on the speed of your wired or wireless network. We tested all the players using a wired Ethernet connection, if available.

This score reflects the presence or absence of features, including the number of streaming video services, other internet services, and the ability to play media files

Everyday use:
How easy it is to use on a normal basis.
Features & Specs - Roku 2
info App or channel store Roku Channel Store
info Streaming video services Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, HBO Go, Redbox Instant Video, M-Go
info Web browsing No
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Yes
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 0
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User Reviews - Roku 2
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Love our ROKU
Endless Choices
Interesting Shows Cable D
Little To No Commercials
No More Cable
Thousands Of Channels
Need Fast Internet Speed
Best Uses
We have two. One for the bedroom and one for our living room. The only cable bill I Have is for our Internet. We subscribe to Hulu plus which I love! I can watch a TV show that was on the night before and keep current with a series. Netflix is the only other subscription I pay for. We rent the most recent movies that are out on VUDU. Plus the channels from the channel store that are free.<br />This is a fantastic way to watch what you want, when you want. I have saved thousands of dollars!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent value; runs almost flawlessly
Easy To Install
Easy to use
Excellent Value
Good Search Engine
Over 1000 Channels
Best Uses
For many years, I had cable TV. It was expensive, most channels were junk, and customer service was terrible. Then I discovered some wonderful alternatives. First I learned I could get 28 high definition channels FREE with an inexpensive UHF antenna pointed in the correct direction. Soon after, I discovered Roku. Now I would not even consider cable or satellite TV. I estimate I have saved close to $5,000 since I cancelled my cable TV subscription.<br /><br />Roku has over 1,000 channels, including many that are free. The only two channels I pay for are Acorn TV, which is all British, and Amazon Prime, which provides a vast selection of movies and TV shows. Acorn cost about $30 PER YEAR, and Amazon Prime runs about $80 per year, but includes free two day shipping for many Amazon products.<br /><br />Roku is user friendly, and allows quick, easy access to favorite channels. Many educational channels are available. The variety of channels and program material is astounding, but easy to manage. I consider Roku to be one of the best values available to consumers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
I have two - love Roku
Easy to set up
lots of channels
Simple remote
Wish It Had A Browser
Best Uses
Cooking Channels
Streaming movies
World news
I use it for streaming Amazon, Netflix and Crunchy Roll. The variety of channels is constantly growing. I enjoy the cooking channels and can watch news from all over the world.<br /><br />Pros: easy to use, variety of channels (free and paid), good quality picture and sound, although we have it hooked up to our receiver.<br /><br />Cons: doesn't have an internet browser.<br /><br />I use the free basic cable that comes with my condo along with Roku. It's cheaper to just purchase premium channel TV shows that I know I'll watch then waste $100 a month on junk TV.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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