dealsroku xd 1080p streaming player for $49.99 + $5.00…

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Did a Roku trucking convoy overturn on the highway last week?

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Roku 2 XD, SD and SD Angry Birds edition on sale on Roku's website.

XD = $69, SD & SD Angry Birds = $89. New with Free Shipping.

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If you still have that JumboWoot coupon laying around, this would be a great time to use it.

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Bought this model last time it was up. This is an awesome piece of technology and well worth the money. Easy to set up, wireless N capable to boot and easy to use.

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Got one last week from a previous Woot. Very happy with it. I justr wish it could stream ESPN3

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If I got one of those Bluray players with built in wi-fi, it would pretty much make this obsolete, right?

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@cschiffner: thanks for clarifying, I See that now.

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@shutts67: Not really. Roku has more channels than in most tv and bluray players. Just check out the Roku website and compare it to what you get on your device.

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@shutts67: um, the Roku doesn't play Bluray discs. So... no.

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THESE THINGS ARE AWESOME.
i've had a logitech revue/googletv, my PC is hooked up to my 55 inch so i could stream anything i would want to off it, and I have a XB360. BUT IM ALWAYS USING MY ROKU..(for streaming movies that is).... The menus are so easy to navigate and the remote is so compact, simple, and works very well for an IR remote. (remotes are usually no big deal to me, i've memorized every button on my tv, DISH and DIRECTV remotes)

Im tempted to get another one, I bought the first for my parents for xmas. Couldn't stand not using it. So I used it. (For testing/educational purposes of course) Now i'm either going to have to buy another or give my parents giftcards to red lobster or something hmmmmm

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I bought this off woot a few weeks back. Not bad. does what it says but not a lot of channels in their line up and you have to pay for most of them.

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This is the same model and same price as in the most recent woot-off. Good stuff - simple to set up and use. Hooked it up to a spare computer monitor, and before you could say, "Don't go down to the basement!" I was watching free stuff from my Amazon Prime account.

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@zollars23: I should also add that I'm still in for one. Even refurb, with the Jumbowoot coupon.. kind of hard to resist!

For the peeps concerned about the refurbished status, it's all circuitry. It either works or it doesn't. The 90 day warranty will be plenty to figure out if the refurb job was good or not.

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as great as I'm sure this is...not having the ability to stream 1080p content from a PC seems a bit short sighted. I have 100's of movies that I would like to stream from the pc to the tv - not bad enough to research though I guess...I'm sure there are plenty of other products that would fit the bill.

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@shutts67: Yeah, sorta pretty much. The difference will be in what channels are offered. Roku lets customers set up customized channels. I haven't checked that out yet, but you can look into it on the Roku website. Supposed to be bunches of them!

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@dummutti

I wasn't sure whether I really needed or just wanted this. But using the Jumbowoot coupon made it an easy decision (needed). Thanks for the reminder/tip!

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@mrsly69: Cool. Thanks for that info. I didn't realize that they had regular channels as well as the movies and stuff.

@zollars23: I asked of the Roku would be obsolete, not my Bluray player.

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I bought one of these locally through a Craigslist ad, and I love it. I connected the sound cable to my stereo receiver and followed the instructions somebody posted on the Roku forum to stream music from my PC to the stereo. We use it for music all day and for TV viewing in the evening.

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I got one of these in the last woot off, and it is as slick as everyone says, but be warned this thing is incredibly slow, and the Hulu client doesn't allow you to manage your queue, and accessing the contents of your queue uses a very convoluted client. If you want a Roku get this generation's client, the UI performance is supposed to be much better.

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was the Jumbowoot coupon in an email? haven't used one and have been a member for a while now heh

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What are the networking capabilities of the Roku player? For instance, can this play MKV files stored on a computer via my home network?

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@zollars23: You didn't read what he wrote, did you?

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I have an older generation Roku player, paid $80 or so on Woot. I've been very happy with it. There is a good amount of free content. I did the 14 day free trail with Epic and it did HD video pretty good, watched some good movies that way. IMHO, this is a good deal for what you are getting. I may jump on this so I can have a unit for the bedroom TV.

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@lothariorowe: I have this and it runs the Plex media server just fine. I had to play around with a few settings but I love it.

The only drawback I have now is I have this for my upstairs tv (no surround) and it's great. Now I want Netflix in 5.1 for downstairs and only the newer models have this available.

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What's really cool is that there are free iPad and Android apps available so you can control a Roku device with a tablet rather than using the physical remote that's included with the device. I have a Roku streaming device and a Roku Soundbridge internet radio and I rarely use the physical remotes for either, I usually use my tablet for control. Works beautifully. Roku makes great stuff.

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@mateo007: To answer my own question and to anyone else wondering, it's able to play MKV files but only from a USB drive.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5237/roku-2-and-lt-updated-with-mkv-support-and-performance-optimizations

And from what I gather from Roku's site, it doesn't appear to be able to stream a video from a drive on a home network. Maybe I'm wrong on this last thing...

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I set up this model less than 5 days ago. It does 5.1 Surround.

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Once the wife wake up and gives me the green light for this...me and my jumbwoot coupon will be in business. Merry christmas to me :)

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@dmmutti: Yeah, you can't beat that.

You want one
Roku XD 1080p Streaming Player

1 Roku XD 2050X 1080p Streaming Player, 802.11n/g, Ethernet Port, Enhanced Remote with Instant Replay:
which each cost $49.99
for a subtotal of $49.99
plus shipping + $5.00
minus discount - $20.00
for a total of $34.99

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Splitting hairs here but I kind of think the Logitech Revue being cleared out these days along with the new OS update that went out this week is a better bang for the buck (although a little more expensive). The inability to stream MKV files though is a bummer.

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I have been waiting for the Roku that has a memory expansion slot. Does that make any sense? Its just in the past all player seem to have things you could do with more memory? I also have a very slow DSl speed, would more memory help buffer in a movie? Thanks so much for your time.

Merry Xmas

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Tried to look this up, but could not find the answer.

Can you use the HDMI for video to a monitor (via DVI conversion plug),
and the RCA (Red/White) for Audio to a stereo?

So both HDMI and RCA (audio) at the same time, or do you have to choose what set of outputs you use RCA [OR] HDMI.

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Can't say enough good things about this Roku XD 1080p. As a non-techy type, super easy to install and play. This is definitely one piece of technology that I can't believe I lived without for so long. I have never had a refurb I have bought from the Woot family fail me. Worth every penny.

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@coondogg97: In for 1 !
I just pulled the trigger on my coupon and got this for $34.99, what a great deal!

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@aksman44: No problem! I just used mine up on this :)

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I bought 2 1st-gen HD models in an earlier woot (~July or so) and my wife and I absolutely LOVE them!

There is an enormous amount of free content available for them... you aren't limited to just the (long) list in the Channel store.
I just spent 3 weeks sans cable, but with broadband. I brought a Roku with me and didn't miss broadcast TV one bit!

Roku "channels" aren't like a TV channel with only one stream. Some contain dozens (or more) within.

Samples of the "private" channels (those not added from the Roku's Channel Store) can be found on the following sites:
http://www.catastrophegirl.com/rokuchannellist.htm
http://www.rokuguide.com/
http://www.roku.com
http://www.thenowhereman.com/roku/
http://www.roku-channels.com/home
http://roku.permanence.com/

If you're a coder (even a junior coder), you might be interested that these have a built-in build environment and the language is pretty slick. Google a bit and you'll find lots of cool tutorials on making your own "channels". :)

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List of channels you can add from the Roku Channel Store: http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store#15

(this wouldn't fit in my previous post due to too many characters)

Note "private channels" mentioned in my previous post are channels that are not listed in Roku's Channel Store.

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@emhodew: Wrong model... that's the newest generation, but the bottom of the line. It maxes at 720p, while this one does 1080p.
See http://www.roku.com/roku-products for the specs.

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How does this compare with sony blu-ray player or sony media player internet apps?

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Does this unit have a search function? I saw a buddy's Roku in action and it didn't appear to have a way to search for a title on any of the channels.

He just had to scroll through each offering, I think 5 at a time.

It would seem like that's a big flaw but in all these generally very positive comments, no one has mentioned it.

It's also possible that my buddy isn't too bright.

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Bought one last time they were on Woot and we use it to stream Netflix. We love it. Bought another of these last week from another site. These "older" models are great for hooking up to non-HD TV's via RCA cable. They work well for us.

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I am now beyond furious! I purchased this same thing the day after Thanksgiving on woot. When it arrived a few days later, it did not include a remote. I have been trying for weeks now to get my remote but to no avail. It's kind of a slap in the face to keep seeing these things keep popping up yet I can't get a freakin' remote! Why can't I just order this one and pray that it comes with a remote and send the other one back? Oh yeah,because I don't want to pay return shipping! WOOT, someone PLEASE help me!

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Just a quick note on these. I bought one during the Woot Off. These don't have any way of expanding the memory. The second generation on the Roku website all have a Micro SD card slot for expanding the memory.

These don't even have a USB port.

When I was adding channels to mine, it ran out of Memory at around 30 channels added. Which is a lot but I must admit, it was a little bit of a bummer.