In episode #17 of the BYOB podcast we discussed Media Players and how we use them. During the podcast, when talking about the Roku XDS, it was asked if this player could get content from your home network. Out of the box is does NOT, but I am hoping to find a hack or solution in the coming months. The Roku does however, make the grade for being a great media player for online content. Read on to see the specs and watch a short video on the Roku XDS.
BYOB Podcast #17
This week BYOB is all about media streaming. The BYOB crew, along with special guest John Zajdler from The Home Server Show, discuss all types of media playback devices from HTPCs, streaming boxes, OTA, the cable/satellite dilemma and more. We also have a brief discussion various file formats and containers.
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What is Roku?
Directly from their website:
Roku is a small device that streams movies, TV shows, music, and other entertainment to your TV via the Internet. Since Roku streams (rather than downloads) video, it provides instant access to a huge library of entertainment without having to use a computer or store files locally on a hard drive.
Once you set up Roku, you do not need a PC to make it work. Roku connects directly to your TV and to your wireless (or wired) home network, then lets you access the streaming entertainment channels that you sign up for (like Netflix) right from your TV, using a handy remote.
What Does Roku Provide?
I have been using the original Roku for a year and a half. I enjoy it and it has no problem accessing the online contect that they provide. The picture is really good and the content loading is fast.
USB is new to Roku and offered on the XDS.
A USB port is offered on the XDS and should be working with a firmware update by November of 2010.
What Does Roku Cost?
Roku Store as of October 20, 2010.
My original Roku from February 10, 2009 was:
This new Roku from October 12, 2010 was:
Hey, at least shipping was cheaper. Ugh.
How Does Roku Work?
Check out the video below:
Compatible Wifi Devices
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