Friday, October 7, 2011

Roku 2 XS

As you may remember I recently moved and a part of that move was to cancel phone, DSL, and satellite service and replace it with just Comcast Business Internet.
We do enjoy watching some shows, though not enough to fork out the excessive prices that cable and satellite want so we've decided to stream. Most of that streaming has so far involved Netflix, which I recently subscribed to. Now we have a PS3 in the house and it is connected to our 1080i flat screen so it can easily stream Netflix. I still have an old CRT 4:3 screen that I would like to use for streaming.
I did hook up our laptop to it, but it wasn't very satisfactory. I saw a very nice 42" 1080p for $550 at my local mega-club-warehouse but I don't want to spend that kind of money right now so I began to look for inexpensive alternatives.
This lead to getting the Roku, which can easily hook up to my old CRT and stream Netflix, plus many other services. So here's a video of me unboxing the Roku and some of the setup. I didn't show it all as there were periods where I'd be entering private information in or waiting for Roku to finish a download and reboot. Initially I'm pleased.
There is some pixelation and some periods of very brief pauses, which may be the WiFi. So I may try hardwired Ethernet at some point.
Anyway, without further ado . . .

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