December 6, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide - Roku HD {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Sometimes, the technology that is available today just blows my mind!  I love that I can watch any of the shows and movies that are available to stream on Netflix at anytime and on my TV without losing access to my laptop.  It's the best of both worlds!  Roku, which manufactures digital video players, has recently released a new player with three levels of HD and more features than their original player.  These new players are smaller, cheaper and use the highest quality for streaming.  I was amazed at how small this player was when I received it in the mail!  Just look at the dimensions.  It's smaller than my alarm clock and fits just about anywhere!


The Roku HD plays high definition video (720p), has built in wireless internet plus wired connection and has and HDMI output for HDTVs.  Keep in mind that the Roku works with all TVs not just HDTVs.  It really is a wonderful system and extremely affordable at $59.99 for the system.  The next step up is the Roku XD and adds a few more features like streaming high definition video at 1080p, an enhanced remote with playback feature and extended range on the wireless-N.  The XD retails for $79.99 which is still fairly reasonable, in my opinion.  the Roku XD/S is the top of the line with all the features of the XD along with dual band wireless technology, component video and optical audio outputs and a USB port for playing music, photos and videos.  The XD/S costs $99.99.
 
My husband and I also own a blu-ray DVD player with built in WiFi that streams Netflix and other entertainment options on the internet.  We have been happy with this player so I wanted to see how the Roku HD stood up to our blu-ray player.  The obvious major difference is that the Roku is only a streaming device without a DVD player inside.  Even though that is the case, there are multiple channels that you can stream which include Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, Pandora and many others.  Some are free while others require a monthly subscription.

About 5 minutes after I received the Roku player, we were watching a movie on Netflix.  It's literally that easy to set up this player.  It gets plugged into your TV, turned on and configured to your WiFi settings.  I mean, I was able to do it all by myself because the directions are very easy to read and the player walks you through the entire process on the screen.  We have also found that it loads and streams content faster than the blu-ray player and the picture is clearer which was surprising to me because we paid over $200 for our blu-ray player and mostly use it for streaming content.  I can only imagine what kind of picture come out of the XD player and it's only $20 more!

I truly think that the Roku would make an incredible gift for the techy in your life or even someone who is looking for a low cost option to stream movies!  The great news is that Roku has offered one of my readers the same Roku HD that I received for FREE!

Mandatory Entry

Head over to Roku's website and tell me which channel you would most like to watch!  (Please make sure that I have an email address to contact you if you are the winner either in the comment itself or on your profile.)

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3 entries - Become a public follower through Google Friend Connect of Giveaways and More or let me know if you already follow this blog.
3 entries - Grab my button and post it on your blog. Don't forget to include your blog address so I can go see it! (You can find my button in the column on the right)
3 entries - Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post and Roku. Leave the link to your blog post in your comment.
1 entry - Become a Giveaways and More email subscriber. Check your email and make to sure verify your address to gain this entry!
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1 entry - Enter another active giveaway on Giveaways and More! (1 entry per giveaway entered)
1 entry (1x daily) - Tweet this giveaway. Make sure to include the link to your tweet in your comment.  Feel free to use this tweet:  

Win a @RokuPlayer and stream movies & TV shows at home! http://goo.gl/fb/BrA90 Ends 12/20 #giveaway RT @curlyq776

This giveaway will close on December 20th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Roku for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free sample of product to review in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not required to provide a positive review nor offer a giveaway.

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434 comments:

  1. I would love to watch Hulu

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  5. Hi, I'd most like to watch Netflix and maybe Hulu. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  6. I'm a public follower through Google Friend Connect of Giveaways and More.
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  11. I "Like" Roku on Facebook (FB name: Maddie Brubaker).
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  13. I follow Roku on Twitter (@shala_darkstone).
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  17. We would watch Netflix
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  29. I would most like to watch Hulu Plus. And Netflix. :)

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  40. I would definitely watch the hulu plus!
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  48. We would watch Hulu the most!

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  57. My husband thinks we would watch mostly NHL but Im saying Netflix. momstheword2005@hotmail.com

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  58. i became a public follower via google friend connect. momstheword2005@hotmail.com

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  64. Netflix and hulu
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  78. I would love to watch Hulu Plus on the Roku!
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  79. I follow you via GFC - Kelly T
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  90. I would like to watch the UFC channel with my dh.

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  92. My Dad would go crazy with Hulu Plus! My mom would dig their radio station offered for free too.
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  101. Tweet link: http://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/12459448190631937
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  102. I would probably watch netflix the most and pandora radion also

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  103. I follow you on google friend
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  106. I follow you on twitter @dawn408

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  111. I love to watch Hulu. Heard great things about it
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  121. I would like the Crackle channel

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  132. We'll be watching the Netflix channel

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  142. I would like to watch CHOW
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  151. I would like to watch Netflix, DreamTV, and Kidlet the most.
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  152. #1 Follow your blog publicly via GFC (Elena Shkinder-Gugel).
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  155. I am subscribed by email.
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  161. Entered CEIVA giveaway.
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  166. Would love the Drive In Classics
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  175. I think I'd love to watch Hulu Plus! Thanks!

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