It’s been almost five years since we canceled cable and bought our first Roku set-top box. It’s amazing how much has changed since then. In 2008, the Roku was basically a Netflix only streaming device. Hard to believe, but Roku now features over 750 channels, the great majority of which are free.
Here’s a picture of the new Roku 3 player we just picked up for $99….
Some key differences….
- Much, much faster! Not sure of the exact processor type, but flipping through movies and streaming is now a breeze. Our original was great for the first few years, but had been getting sluggish lately – probably due to the newer Roku look and feel which is much more graphic intensive.
- Supports 1080p HD (on some channels like Netflix)
- Faster WIFI and network connectivity – Now has extended range dual-band wireless and wired RJ45 Ethernet which should really cut down on buffering times
- Cool headphone jack in remote – great for late night TV watching in bed
- Haven’t tried it yet, but the new remote has a gyroscope in it and can play games like Angry Birds (included) and some cool retro games like Galaga and Pacman.