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Roku 3
 
Approximate retail price:
$100
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About - Roku 3

The Roku 3 is part of the streaming media player & service test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players models like the 3 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.

Features:
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:
This score reflects how easy it is to use on a normal basis. It looks at how the remote and user interface interact for common tasks like powering on the device, navigating the menus for access to content, and how easy it is to perform common tasks like visiting websites and playing games.
Features & Specs - Roku 3
info App or channel store Roku Channel Store
info Streaming video services Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, Redbox Instant, M-Go, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, Target Ticket, WWE Network, MLB.TV Premium, NBA Game Time, UFCTV, MLS Live, NHL Gamecenter
info Web browsing No
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Yes
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 1
More features and specs
Additional Information (The information below has been supplied by an external source.)
General Information
Manufacturer Roku, Inc
Manufacturer Website Address http://www.rokulabs.com
Product Name Network Audio/Video Player
Product Model 3
Product Type Network Audio/Video Player
User Reviews - Roku 3
User Reviews
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4.0
Excellent video streamer
4/22/2014
Pros
Comes Loaded With A Lot O
Easy Set Up
For 100 Unbeatable
Highly recommend
I Have Had Item For 3 Wee
Loads Netflix Super-fast
Nice Compact
Cons
Wish I Would Have Gotten
Best Uses
Live International News
Net Flix
Comment:
If you like to watch streaming video this is a must buy
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Reliable performance
2/16/2014
Pros
Boots up quickly
Easy to set up
Cons
Credit Card Reqd
Customer service stinks
To Register Unit
Best Uses
Media Room
Comment:
works well with Netflix and Pandora. advertises a thousand channels, although few are desirable. Way better than the constant buffering from my Sony TV and Blu-ray (stay away from Sony). When I couldn't find my provider (ATT uverse) to activate the History channel the helpful chat rep recommended I change my provider. This after waiting 40 minutes to talk to him!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
No Video after 24 hours
1/30/2014
Pros
Fast
Small and compact
wireless or wired
Cons
Can't Power Off
Quality
Reliability
Remote
Requires Credit Card
Support
Best Uses
Comment:
I purchased the device and connected it, and within a few minutes I was up and running. Watched a few episodes of Dr Who, then turned the TV off and went to bed. The Roku has NO power switch, so it is constantly on.<br />Came home today, turned TV on, NO SIGNAL appears. Worked for 2 hours with Support and final result was for them to enter an order to replace my device. I opted to return the unit to the store.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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