Roku Player Review
This is the neatest thing ever! I don’t know if you’ve heard about the Roku player, but I’m about to tell you all about it! The Roku player is a tiny little box that you hook up to your tv and instantly watch Netflix movies…it’s just that easy.
I was so thrilled when I learned that I would get to try the Roku player, and my whole family couldn’t be more excited. We decided to set it up over the weekend. My husband was hesitant because he didn’t want to get involved in a long, involved project. I told him it was supposed to be really easy, and that I wanted to try (well, for him to try). It turns out that I really could have done it myself!
The Roku player comes with the standard yellow, white and red cables and a remote (batteries included). If you have a wireless network set up in your house, you can connect that way. If not, all you need is an ethernet cable (not included). You can connect the Roku player to the Internet using most broadband providers (such as a cable modem or DSL connection.) You need at least 1.2 Mbps to watch movies instantly on the Roku digital video player with decent quality. Our house is wireless, so we chose to connect that way.
When we were done hooking up the Roku, we entered our network password on the tv screen, then it gave us a validation code. I went to the computer, logged onto my Netflix account, and entered the code online. My husband yelled from downstairs that it was activated..woo hoo! Next, while on my computer, I added movies to my Netflix queue that are available to watch instantly. I only selected a few, as I was anxious to get downstairs and see how the Roku worked. My movie queue was on the screen – the ones I just added! Using the remote, I pressed the arrow key to the right and moved along my display of movies.
As you pass over each movie, the picture of it enlarges. You can also see a description of the movie (which is handy if you can’t remember why you put a certain movie in your queue). After you pick a movie, you just press “enter” on your remote and the movie starts. The remote has fast forward, rewind and pause features, and is very simple to use – not too many buttons – just what you need to make this as easy as possible…definitely a plus for me! My husband had this up and running in less than 10 minutes. Installation is so easy.
My husband and I were very impressed with the Roku Player. We never had given it much thought before, but it is now easily one item we cannot live without. I was telling my father about the Roku, and now he is considering getting one too. He has a hard time getting around and is housebound quite a bit. He loves to watch movies but often gets bored with what is available. He already subscribes to Netflix (which is something else we can’t live without!), and this would be so convenient for him.
We have On Demand through our cable company, but we rarely use it, as we find that the movie choices aren’t that great, and they don’t add new movie titles very often. The Roku makes it possible to be able to view a huge selection of movies – whenever we like! There are over 12,000 movies and tv episodes, including hundreds in HD, available with your Netflix subscription. You can watch as many as you like, as often as you want. Very soon, you will be able to use the Roku Player with Amazon on Demand as well!
There were some movies in our regular Netflix queu that weren’t available instantly, but I imagine that they will be shortly. There is enough of a selection, that we will never get bored. Netflix members can watch as much as they want and as often as they want without paying more or impacting the number of DVDs they receive in the mail. The price for the Roku player is $99.99 – that’s it, no monthly charges or contracts. Just buy it and it’s yours!
I GIVE THE ROKU PLAYER A BIG THUMBS UP! I would highly recommend visiting the ROKU website and looking around a bit. It really is so incredibly easy to hook up, and the ease of use is amazing. Another thing about the Roku that I really like is that it is small and does not take up much space – you hardly know it’s there. I am so looking forward to watching movies at my pace, anytime I want. This is my “must have” product of the year!
Why not get started today? You can order the Roku player online here! Roku.com – Instantly Streams High Quality Movies On Demand! Click here! They ship very quickly, and you will be up and running in no time.