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Roku HD, XD and XDS streamers get refreshed: from $59.99, wireless across the board

Roku HD, XD and XDS streamers get refreshed: from $59.99, wireless across the board

Roku has updated its line-up of on-demand media streamers, with the $59.99 Roku HD, $79.99 Roku XD with WiFi-N and 1080p, and the flagship $99.99 Roku XDS with dual-band wireless.  Delivering Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand and other video content - together with audio from Pandora, MP3tunes, MOG and RadioTime, and pictures from Flickr and Facebook - the XD and XDS versions will also get Instant Replay for skipping back through video without waiting for it to rebuffer.

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Roku slash Netflix streamer prices; 1080p HD update promised

Roku slash Netflix streamer prices; 1080p HD update promised

Roku has slashed prices of its media streaming range, with the entry-level Roku SD now priced at just $59.  Meanwhile, the company is also promising to update their Roku HD-XR model - which has dropped from $129 to $99 - to support 1080p HD, up from the 720p HD of the current version.  That will join the USB playback support, which is also due later in the year.

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MP3Tunes and Roku Team Up to Bring Your Music Out of the iTunes Library

MP3Tunes and Roku Team Up to Bring Your Music Out of the iTunes Library

Let's face it. There's plenty of folks out there that love iTunes, but don't have an iPod, or some other iDevice. Not that there's a problem playing your iTunes library somewhere else, considering all of the music is now DRM-free, but there's still that desire to get that music to as many places as possible. So how about your TV? Well, if you've got a Roku Box, then you'll soon be free and clear to enjoy all of your music right from your TV.

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Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

At last week’s Google I/O conference, the search giant revealed plans for new web video technologies, an update to Android, and Google TV. Before we get into what Google TV is, it’s worth noting something that it isn’t – a tablet. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t need a fancy analyst guy to tell me that Google TV isn’t a tablet, it’s sort of self-evident.” Bear with me.) Apple’s unbelievable early success with the iPad is due in large part to the fact that the iPad isn’t an entirely new product – it’s a sibling to the iPod touch. However, in addition to extending the iPhone/iPod/iTunes ecosystem to include the iPad, Apple rewrote its apps for the larger form factor and encouraged developers to specifically target the iPad with a segmented app store. Google is now targeting all three screens, the PC, TV, and phone, but missed the opportunity at its annual developer event to promote its vision for things that fit in between the phone and PC. There will be dozens of Android tablets out this year, and none of them will have an optimized experience. I think this is a major missed opportunity.

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Roku Unveils New Netflix Channel Design and Adds Plenty of Features [Video]

Roku Unveils New Netflix Channel Design and Adds Plenty of Features [Video]

Looks like the time for much needed upgrades is upon us, because Roku has just let us know that their Netflix Channel will be getting a major face lift here soon. If you're a current owner of a Roku box, or you've been thinking about buying one, then be happy in knowing that the streaming movie service is getting the love and attention it deserves, especially when a search function is being included. We love searching for what we want. It just makes it all so much easier.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2009

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and weren't too shopped out yesterday! If you still have shopping to do for Christmas, we have some seen some cool gear over the last week that might be worth a look. The Sony Ericsson Kurara has been reviewed and the verdict is that the device needs to be cheap to succeed. We reviewed the Nokia Booklet 3G this week. The final verdict was that the machine is underpowered and outperformed by first generation netbooks.

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Roku unveils open content delivery platform and first 10 channels

Roku unveils open content delivery platform and first 10 channels

Roku has announced that its new open platform for delivering content to the TV is now available. The launch of the open platform also brings with it the first ten channels for the open platform service. The first ten channels are free for Roku users to view.

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Roku HD-XR and Roku SD join Netflix-streaming lineup

Roku HD-XR and Roku SD join Netflix-streaming lineup

Roku have outed a pair of new Netflix media streamers that go on sale alongside their existing Roku HD.  The Roku HD-XR keeps the same 720p HD playback, optical audio output and HDMI connection as the original model, but upgrades the WiFi to b/g/n.  Meanwhile there's a new entry-level, standard definition model, the Roku SD, which offers basic WiFi and analog connectivity.

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Roku add MLB.TV Baseball streaming to media box

Roku have announced MLB.TV Premium streaming for their eponymous HDTV media player.  The update – which will be pushed out to all Roku players automatically – allows MLB.TV subscribers to watch live, out-of-market baseball games in HD, together with offering on-demand access to the last week’s worth of games.

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Amazon HD Video on Demand hits TiVo, Roku, VIERACast HDTVs

Amazon HD Video on Demand hits TiVo, Roku, VIERACast HDTVs

Amazon have announced the arrival of HD content through their Video on Demand service.  Leaked as in development last December, though denied at the time, the service goes live today with HD titles priced at between $3.99 and $4.99.  Compatible devices include Series3 TiVo DVRs, Roku's Video Player, Sony's BRAVIA Internet Link and Panasonic VIERACast HDTVs.

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Roku Amazon VOD is in beta, could come with YouTube access

Roku Amazon VOD is in beta, could come with YouTube access

Word from the Roku forums is that the company has begun a private beta of their new Amazon Video-on-Demand (VOD) service.  The update, which is believed to be included in version 2.0, will also seemingly bring YouTube access, at least according to this screengrab, where the YouTube logo is seen to the right of the Netflix logo.

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Roku Netflix Player gets HD streaming with firmware v1.5

As tipped back in November, Roku have begun streaming Netflix content in high-definition.  Owners of the Netflix Player by Roku will find their media players automatically updating to firmware version 1.5 over “the next few weeks”, at which point the will be able to access Netflix’s catalog of “hundreds” of high-definition titles.

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