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The Roku Player originally came out as the "Netflix Player" in 2008. Now, this is a family of players that provide a lot more than merely Netflix.

The Roku Streaming Media Player is similar in look to other products in its family. Its measures are 1.75"x 5.25"x5.25." On the rear end of the unit, there are ports for HDMI, S-, part and composite video, and digital optical/standard analog stereo ports. (There is support for surround sound with the HDMI in addition to digital audio connections.

The Roku Streaming Media Player uses its Ethernet or 802.11g Wi-Fi for connecting to your network. You can expect simple operation at 802.11g speeds

a lot of the times, however, this is just tested with a wireless router placed near the apparatus. If you are searching for a faster connection, you should use the wired option or buy the Roku XR box, since it has faster 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds. The remote is really straightforward and works well enough. You can also easily program its functions into any good universal remote. If you need to use an iPod Touch/iPhone as a remote, you can do so through Wi-Fi with the free Rokumote application.

The set up is straightforward. After starting up the box, you can navigate through the simple setup wizard with the remote. If you're using a secure wireless network, only enter your security key through the onscreen virtual keyboard.

A negative point about the player is that you've got to individually link stations to separate provider accounts through the browser of your personal computer.

After setting up your favorite channels, you can start enjoying them. Majority of the stations have the same general interface. By using the remote's 5-way direction pad, you can move between lists of horizontally placed programs.

Netflix: With a paid subscription, you may select from around 12,000 movies/TV shows ondemand, with some HD content. Use your computer's Web browser for creating an instant screening queue, then you can see those titles on Roku.

Amazon and MLB TV: Amazon provides more than 40,000 movies/TV shows for sale/rent a la carte. These titles can set you back anywhere from $2-$4 for rentals and $6-$15 for purchases. With the MLB TV paid subscription, you can see live as well as prerecorded games - however it's only available for out-of-region teams.

MobileTribe: This is a paid service that works by aggregating information from other social network accounts you now have, including accounts on Facebook, Plaxo, and MySpace.

Free Services: Pandora, the well known free streaming audio service is accessible through the device. Other free services that you are able to get comprise: Mediafly, that offers audio/video broadcasts from pros/hobbyists; Revision3, a technology-centric video provider; TWiT, similar to Revision3; (free): aggregator and distributor of independent Web video programs; FrameChannel, a photo sharing service; Motionbox, a site similar to YouTube that enables you to view your home movies.

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