Roku Launches XDS Media Streamer With Instant Replay, Lowers Prices

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For Roku fans, good just keeps getting better. Today, Roku made two huge announcements. One involves a new product; the other involves a price drop. Does it really get any better than that? The new guy is the XDS, which is launching alongside a new XD model, as they both now supports 1080p HD, 802.11N Wi-Fi and 'Instant Replay.'

And about that price drop...Roku now has three streaming box models: the entry-level Roku HD at $59.99; the Roku XD with Wireless-N and 1080p, and the top-of-the-line Roku XDS, which adds dual-band wireless technology and extensive connectivity options for home entertainment systems. That's right, you can now get a Roku into your home for as little at $60. Each of these boxes can deliver content from Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, MP3 Tunes, MOG, RadioTime, and more, with the $60 box topping out at 720p.

The XD will ship at $79.99 while the XDS will ship at $99.99, and the addition of a USB port will allow customers to play back stored music, photos, and up to 1080p video using a USB playback channel, which will be made available as a free upgrade to XDS owners in November of 2010. Both XD and XDS models also feature an industry first in streaming devices for the TV: an innovative Instant Replay button on the remote, enabling the viewer to skip back in 7-second increments without having to wait for a rebuffering delay. For DVR owners, this is a huge add. If you're sold already, you'll be happy to know that all three are available now.

 Roku Introduces New Line of HD Streaming Players Starting at $59.99

New XD and XDS models feature 1080p HD, Wireless-N, and Instant Replay

SARATOGA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roku, Inc., maker of the best-selling and award-winning Roku streaming player, introduced today its new product lineup, featuring improved performance and the lowest prices in the industry. With up to 1080p HD streaming support and Instant Replay, the new players are shipping immediately at prices starting from just $59.99. All models feature high-definition playback as well as support for older, standard definition TVs.

    “We’re committed to delivering the best entertainment experience at the lowest price in the industry”

There are three new Roku models: the entry-level Roku HD at $59.99; the Roku XD with Wireless-N and 1080p, and the top-of-the-line Roku XDS, which adds dual-band wireless technology and extensive connectivity options for home entertainment systems.

All Roku players will continue to deliver the largest collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV, including over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Video On Demand; live and on-demand baseball from MLB.TV; music from Pandora, MP3tunes, MOG, and RadioTime; photo and video sharing from Flickr and Facebook; plus news and entertainment from thousands of sources around the world.

“We’re committed to delivering the best entertainment experience at the lowest price in the industry,” said Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Roku, Inc. “Customers can now buy an HD-capable Roku player with wireless for 40% less than the price of our original $100 Roku HD player. Or, think of it this way: for around the price of two Blu-ray Discs, a Roku player brings you access to limitless instant streaming entertainment choices available today and in the future. It’s perfect for anyone who wants the most choice and control over their entertainment.”

The new $59.99 Roku HD streams video in high-definition at up to 720p, and features built-in wireless and Ethernet for easy broadband connectivity anywhere in the home. The small, sleek Roku HD is only 1 inch tall and less than 5 inches wide, so it fits anywhere and is tiny enough to take on a trip. A composite A/V cable is included so that it can connect to virtually any TV, including standard definition models. An HDMI port enables HD playback on HDTVs.

The new Roku XD ($79.99) and XDS ($99.99) models deliver the next level of streaming performance, with 1080p HD support (delivered over HDMI) and extended-range Wireless-N. In addition, the XDS model features dual-band Wireless-N technology, component video output, optical audio output, and a USB port. Over USB, customers will be able to play stored music, photos, and up to 1080p video using a USB playback channel, available as a free upgrade to XDS owners (expected to be available in November 2010).

Both XD and XDS models also feature an industry first in streaming devices for the TV: an innovative Instant Replay button on the remote, enabling the viewer to skip back in 7-second increments without having to wait for a rebuffering delay. It’s a convenience that until now has been limited to DVRs and other hard-drive based devices.

First introduced in May 2008, the Roku player provides an easy, affordable, and reliable way for hundreds of thousands of Netflix customers to watch movies and TV shows instantly on their TV. Since the launch of the Roku Channel Store last fall, all Roku customers now have access to over 85 channels from 50 unique content services, with more added all the time.

Pricing and availability

The new Roku HD is available for $59.99, while the XD and XDS models are available for $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. All three Roku players are available immediately at www.roku.com, and available for preorders at www.amazon.com. 
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realneil replied on Fri, Sep 24 2010 8:47 PM

Newer, better boxes for us to chew on.

These really are a good deal and they work well too.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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