dealsroku 2 xd streaming player (3050r) for $49.99

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Good deal. They're $79 usually, and on sale now for $69.

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I keep seeing these things around, yet I know absolutely nothing about them. Can someone give me a crash course?

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@silentlegend: It is basically a box that turns your tv into a smart tv. It is even better than a smart tv because you can take it with you and your netflix or hulu account will stay linked to it. This box is step one to "cutting the cable".

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@thinkharderest: Do any of it's features cost extra money besides hulu and netflix?
How well can this play downloaded videos?

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Well, just like your cable subscription, certain channels will cost money. There are movie streaming channels Like Crackle that are free with limited commercials. There are channels Like amazon video on demand and also vudu that have newer movies for about $3-5 to rent. I haven't tried playing video off of a hard drive, but the streaming quality from the other channels is much better than my cable ever was. These Rokus resell pretty high so it is worth it to buy one and try out the free trials.

I have my tv and this box sitting next to it. No clutter, yet all of the entertainment. I have an original roku from 2007 and a roku xd. I am tempted to get this roku 2.

I noticed if you by one from their website the sometimes "mess up" orders. I got 2 rokus the first time in 2007 and they didn't charge for the second one. My dad bought a replacement remote for $9.99 and they sent him 2 refurbished rokus. He didn't get the remote he ordered, but only paid $9.99. I like that company.

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@silentlegend, if you are thinking it has charges like Tivo, it does not. The only charges are to the various streaming systems as mentioned, Netflix, Hulu+ and Amazon Prime. You, of course, need an internet connection and you can download apps, such as YouTube. If you have HBO Go you should be able to use it on this one. Crackle is a free one I use. Check out Amazon to look at the various models.

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@thinkharderest: @bebeih: So it sounds like most of the features it offers I already have in my Xbox.

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@silentlegend: Except the whole portable part. Xbox has that big power brick and large box you would have to lug around. Plus the controller costs as much as a roku. Yeah, I'd stick with the roku. The roku only uses a few watts of power also.

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@thinkharderest: Except that the XBOX is the worst streaming device I've ever used (and I've been using streaming devices since Philips released the Streamium back in 2002). As I just posted on the deal page for the Roku HD, I used to use the 360 to stream content from my Mac using Twonky as a server and the stupid thing couldn't stream more than a few minutes of SD content before it would pause to rebuffer. Even if it could, its interface is beyond reprehensible providing nothing more than a folder view of content without the ability to rate or to track which episodes/movies have already been watched. For a tenth of the price and using the free (unlike Twonky) Plex Media Server, I have no trouble streaming even HD content and the interface (while not as good as my old AppleTV) beats the pants off the XBOX. The Roku also offers a lot more content through Plex Channels (you can even use Spotify to search for and to stream unlimited music). Okay, so I can't wave at my Roku. Big deal.

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@silentlegend: Add the Plex channel/app from the channel store. Download the Plex Media client to your PC for music and videos that are on your PC. Works flawlessly.