Posted Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 07:00 AM PDT by Tom Landy
Netflix streaming is a feather in the cap of any piece of hardware that includes it, and the industry has been quick to adapt. Still, for those that don’t yet have a simple solution to access the highly popular movie streaming service, Roku introduces a pair of Netflix players.
The Roku SD is just what it sounds like. As a standard definition player, it certainly won’t garner a lot of interest from video and audiophiles, but for $79, the Roku SD offers access to Netflix, Amazon on Demand, MLB.com and a few other sources to customers that might otherwise not have it. The SD isn’t complicated; it offers an Ethernet port for a wired internet connection and a composite output.
Roku’s higher end player, the Roku HD-XR, is capable of high definition streaming and offers both component and HDMI hookups. The biggest addition to the HD-XR though is the 802.11n standard WiFi that’s built right in to the device. There is also an included USB port which Roku says is “for future use.” The Roku HD-XR is available for $129.
In a recent reveal of the Roku players’ ability to play content direct from Revision3, a few more additions became apparent. While the screenshot centered on the Revision3 menu option, selections for both Pandora and Flickr services were clearly visible. Whether this will be announced as official or not is still unknown.
Source: Press Release
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