Roku 3 – Very cool Internet TV appliance

I’ve been evaluating the Roku 3 set-top box – I’ve been familiar with this company for several years and they’ve hit a home run with the latest incarnation of their box that gives the AppleTV something to worry about.  Very compact form factor – I have it mounted to the back of my Samsung TV which makes wiring it in very simple.  It uses a wireless protocol to talk to to the remote control (as opposed to IR) so no “line of site issues.”  The box also piggy-backs program audio to the remote control – there is a headphone jack on the remote control – plug in and you can listen to TV audio directly via standard headphones!  It has all the latest “Over the Top” OTT providers like Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Epix, etc, but it goes one step further in that it provides aggregated search across all the Providers.  Looking for the latest movie? – perform a search and Roku will give you deep links into each service so you can easily find programming.  The price – right at 99$ from Amazon.

Roku3 Interface

Quick Stats:
Movies and TV: Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Vudu, Disney
Sports: MLB.TV, NBA GameTime, NHL GameCenter, UFCTV, MLS Live, SEC Digital Network
Music: Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player, Slacker, Rdio, Vevo, Mog
Internet: CNET, TED Talks, Revision3, TWiT, Vimeo, Picasa, Flickr

My only complaints:  No YouTube channel and limited video codec support for “home video”

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