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Roku also announced a new M-Go TV and movie store

Roku has announced that it has launched a new and updated family of streaming media players. The new family includes the Roku LT that the company says is the easiest and most affordable way to stream content to almost any TV. This player supports up to 720p HD video resolution and is available in the U.S. only for $49.99.

The Roku 1 is the next media player in the family and it has one important feature that the LT version lacks: it supports streaming content in full HD resolution. The Roku 1 is also available outside the United States including Canada, the UK, and Ireland. Pricing and the U.S. is $59.99 with Canadian pricing set at $69.99.

The next player in the line is the Roku 2, which has all the features of the Roku 1 plus a remote control with an integrated headphone Jack and dual-band Wireless-N. It sells for $79.99 in the U.S.
The Roku 3 has been around for a while, but it's now available outside the U.S. including Canada, UK, and Ireland. This player has the same features as the Roku 2 and includes an advanced remote control with motion control for gaming and the player has integrated Ethernet and USB ports.

Along with new media players, Roku has also announced the M-Go movie and TV store that is integrated directly into the home screen of its media players in the U.S. The store includes TV shows such as Glee and Breaking Bad, as well as brand-new fall premieres such as Brooklyn 9-9 among others.

One of the features of the store that is designed to make it easy to use is the ability to bill rentals or purchases of content to a Roku account. That means users don't have to set up an individual account for the M-Go store or get out a credit card to make a purchase.

Source: Roku

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Local (DLNA or SMB) file support?
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/25/2013 12:06:41 PM , Rating: 3
No local file support = continues to be worthless.

RE: Local (DLNA or SMB) file support?
By hubb1e on 9/25/2013 12:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
The market disagrees with you. I really like my Roku 3 but I don't need the fancy remote so I think I'll grab a Roku 1 as long as it uses the same fast CPU.

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/25/2013 12:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
WDTV Live streams local files and can handle almost any codec I can throw at it. Occasionally an iffy file of questionable provenance will stutter or have bad/no audio, and a one-time Handbraking of it will fix it. The diskless version of that is ~$70 IIRC new.

By rpmrush on 9/27/2013 10:37:58 AM , Rating: 2
I like my WDTV. I think having a YouTube app is priceless. And I can control and navigate it from my phone. Perfect.

RE: Local (DLNA or SMB) file support?
By Mitch101 on 9/25/2013 12:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
Roku 3

Video Support
MP4 (H.264)
MKV (H.264)

Audio Support
Dolby Digital (MP4, MOV and MKV pass through only)
DTS (MKV pass through only)

Image Support

But seriously I prefer Miracast which is built into Android since I believe 4.2 and is in Windows 8.1 beats everything hand down. Anything your PC can play can be streamed to a Miracast HDMI dongle $35.00 - its basically a wifi screen clone. Aka Airplay I believe for Apple fans.

RE: Local (DLNA or SMB) file support?
By bah12 on 9/26/2013 9:39:23 AM , Rating: 2
Where are you finding a $35 dongle, and what brand. I was an early adopter and have a Push2TV, but it stutters and is slow as crap. Curious as to what you've had success with.

By SilthDraeth on 10/4/2013 10:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
I stream mp4 and avi using a free app called Plex.

Works great, streaming 1080p from my laptop to my 1080p tv.

Easy setup, download plex server app to pc, install it, add your library's.

Download Plex app to roku, install it, and bam streaming local media across wifi to the Roku 3.

Wonder if these work better than last gen ones...
By Wolfpup on 9/25/2013 1:53:28 PM , Rating: 2
My girlfriend got a last gen one, and we're both really disapointed by it. Just flaky, video quality is iffy and starts weirdly. She's got a PS3 now and it does a much better job at streaming video (besides that it also plays DVDs, Blu Rays, and games of course!)

By rountad on 9/25/2013 2:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the information!

By TakinYourPoints on 9/25/2013 7:02:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's odd that its even worse than the PS3. My biggest problem with Netflix on the PS3 is that the first minute is really low quality and then it eventually bumps up to HD. Netflix quality is HD right away on the AppleTV and XBox, which is a shame because I like Netflix UI the most on the PS3.

"Local" file support on Roku3?
By hmspain on 9/25/2013 12:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
My ReadyNAS works fine with the Roku via Plex.

No dual core CPUs
By hubb1e on 9/25/2013 1:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
Cnet has stated that only the Roku 3 offers the dual core A9 based CPU. They say that the Roku RT, 1, and 2 don't have this processor upgrade. It was unclear on that article if they use the same old CPU as in the older Roku models though it was implied. I'm hoping they have stepped up to a single core A9 but I wouldn't count on it.

By coolkev99 on 9/26/2013 9:05:36 AM , Rating: 2
Jeez people, just get a cheap laptop and be done with it. Plays anything, game, work, email... do anything. sheesh.

Just replaced my Roku ...
By Norseman4 on 9/27/2013 3:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
Just replaced mine with a Samsung BluRay player with wi-fi that can see DLNA servers on my network. Have Serviio, which doesn't have the fancy UI as Plex, but the combination works great. (So far)

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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