dealsroku 2 xd streaming player (refurbished) for $59…

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huh, first time i've seen second gen refurbs come along, this is a great deal on either.

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pretty sure woot has billions of these lol

anyways roku boxes are awesome and well worth the money. But to make it worth it you need either hulu plus, netflix, or amazon prime

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I'm not going to downvote this, but would like to point out that for the exact same price you can get the Roku + Lifetime license for PlayOn. If you aren't familiar with Playon, it's pretty much pure awesome for streaming video to your TV, tablet, or phone - no Hulu plus needed for Hulu, that sort of thing.

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@gabesmalley: Care to provide a link? The only offer I see like that is on PlayOn's site which is $100 after shipping.

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So I gotta ask...how does this work? The wife is a TV show fanatic, will she still be able to watch all of her shows?

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The last Play On email I got required you to sign up for their lifetime plan which is $89.99 so not sure how that cheaper.

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Can you use the micro sd to play your own content? for example, pictures and perhaps a movie?

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@lost871: Nope, the site says the microSD card slot is for additional game and channel storage.

However, you might be able to use the USB slot for it...I'm not exactly sure.

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Yes you can use the USB slot for pictures, mp3s and videos
You can also use the free Plex channel and stream them from your computer

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Can someone tell me why one would get this over a good BD player with apps or an Xbox? This is not a facetious question, but a serious one based on what appears to be a limited nature of this device compared to the other two.

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@gabesmalley: With playon do you need to have your Computer turned on and booted up- or does it work independently on the Roku?

If you have to leave your Computer turned on for PlayOn- what is its advantage over the free Plex?

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Great thing about Roku - you can setup your own private channel of stuff. Anyone can pick it up if they know the code. There are some fantastic private channels out there.
Here's a large list of channels

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One of the most important channel updates to perform!

Login at Roku.com
Under Manage Account Block > Select > Add a Private Channel
Insert the following code: BPPIM.
Add Channel
Go to your Roku player and enter the channel store. Then exit without doing anything (This refreshes your channels)

You now have a dedicated Woot! Channel! Yay!

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That Playon link with a free Roku HD is at the link below. You have to post the deal on your facebook page first to get the free Roku, but not sure exactly how it works.
http://www.playon.tv/po/buy/free-roku/

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Does anyone have experience with refurbished Rokus?
It looks like the same 90-day warranty applies to refurbs, just like new models.

I'd like to be in for 3, but getting a dud would really turn me off from this.
Also, the top of the line model, Roku 2 XS is $74.99 with free shipping (refurb).

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My husband and I love our Roku. We live in the sticks and we can't get cable or satellite, so this is a must-have for us. I don't mind paying the extra for Netflix or Hulu+. It's not much extra a month, and it offers pretty much everything we can ask for.

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@seahokedrama: it would require a computer with the playon software turned on anytime you wanted to stream media to Roku or any other device PlayOn supports.

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@seahokedrama: I was unaware of Plex media server till your question here but it looks similar to PlayOn in many ways. I don't know of any clear advantage of one over the other besides price but I purchased lifetime PlayOn so that I could get a second Roku device and their service for good deal and PlayOn supports the free Hulu which we use a lot in my family.

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@lost871: Use a thumb drive and install the videos, music and photos on it ( I'm assuming the model has a USB port), or install Plex on your computer and the Roku.

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@gprocm, I've bought 2 refurbed Rokus through Woot and haven't had any issues with either. You've also got to have your computer on to stream both PlayOn and Plex. Not my thing, but if it's yours, run with it! Very happy with both Rokus!

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We have 2 older refurbished Rokus that we bought from woot that work well. I just got new Roku2 for $10 more from WorstBuy last week. Wish I knew this offer was coming along. We've got Netflix, so we watch a lot of streaming content via our Rokus. The Roku2 (XD and XS) has the advantage of being able to display closed captioning.

We're setting up a PC to be a DVR and have a private channel that can access the server and stream our recorded content to any Roku in the house. Then if we start transferring over our video collection to digital, we can theoretically get to our video collection from any location in the house that has a Roku.

And that is why we love our Roku(s).

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@spyder69696969: I'm thinking that for ultimate picture quality with a flat screen TV, you're best bet is still a blu-ray player as the player is the only thing that will actually send a 1080p signal to your TV. (I think.) I have both the player and the Roku and although the Roku with Netflix and Amazon Prime is fantastic, a blu-ray disc through an HDMI cable is the best picture I can get. (I could be wrong as I'm just a causal user and not a savvy, over-educated, audio-visual techno nerd.)

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How is this better than the Roku XD I just got from woot?

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Got the Roku 2 XS for $74.99, can't wait to receive it in the mail!

I think I might actually ditch Netflix Instant Queue soon. With Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Crackle, I am not sure that Netflix now has any better content. Netflix streaming has only ever been good for TV content, their instant movie library still blows.

I also heard good things about roksbox.com, for similar services that Plex & PlayOn provide.

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It's important to note that the Roku 2 XD offered here has 1080p capability, whereas the PlayOn promotion Roku HD tops out at 720p.

@djarvie1: You're wrong and right. The Roku 2 XD will send a 1080p image. But it won't look as good as a Blu-ray disc due to the compression used for streaming.

(As an aside, the Roku 2 XD also adds Bluetooth but no Bluetooth remote. I guess you can buy that separately later? The Roku 2 XS comes with all of the above and adds an Ethernet port, USB port, and a full edition of Angry Birds. The Bluetooth remote has motion control. If you're excited about the USB port, be sure to look up the playback formats it supports. It's limited when compared to something like the WD TV Live Plus.)

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I'm home flat on my back for this whole week with massive back problems. I would be going even crazier if I didn't have my Roku and Amazon Prime (or other streaming options) to watch and was just subject to daytime television. I can't even get in a comfortable position to read :( Yay for the full series of Buffy!

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@gprocm: I have a refurbished roku (not this newer version), that I bought before Christmas off Woot. It was hooked up in November, and it crapped out on me last month. It would never find an internet connection. There were occasions, before it finally stopped working completely, where I had to unplug it for a few seconds and replug to get it going again, but it wasn't really a big deal.

I called roku CS to have them walk me through trying to get it to work (after following steps I read on their web page with no success), and was informed that normally after 90 days, I would have to pay a $9.99 fee for over-the-phone help. BUT, since it was my first time calling, they'd waive the fee. Free online help with a live person is the other option.

Anyway, I had to pay to return the unit, and they sent me another refurb. I received it 10 business days from the day i mailed it. As far as when the roku DOES work...it's great!

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Out of curiosity, has anyone had a good experience with PlayOn? It was VERY laggy for us, almost like we had a dial-up internet connection. We couldn't even get through the initial movie intro. It would freeze for seconds on end, or have a very bad picture for a split second before freezing again. We have high speed internet service, and we passed the "test" that PlayOn does to see if you're computer is compatible.

Any advice? It seems like a neat idea, but I'm not about to pay for something that will be nothing but a headache. And yes, we kept getting the roku/PlayOn offers as well.

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Target has these brand new for this price....

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Not much more and you can have a brand new bluray player that does the same things...

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I got one of these last time woot offered these. About 3 months ago. So far I've had no problems with it.