Holy price point hot-spot, Roku! We sure didn't see this one coming. Shortly after Apple's "hobby" project recently received a shrink ray treatment
less than a month, it appears Roku had their sights set to dominate the HD streaming realm once and for all. Today, we bear witness cheapest HD streaming box ever made.The update brings a much smaller footprint than their previous versions, measuring in at 1 inch tall and less than 5 inches wide. The remote also gets the slim treatment with an updated interface to allow DVR-like instant replay for all your streaming goods (for XD and XDS versions only).
Connectivity isn't bad either. You get your mini-Component out, optical out, HDMI, Ethernet, and standard video and audio outs, in addition built-in WiFi. While the lowest $60 version only outputs 720p, that's good enough for most 32" LCD HDTVs so we're not complaining.
That leaves us with three Roku models to choose from: $60 Roku HD
with support for 720p , $80 Roku XD
with 1080p HD, and the $100 Roku XDS
that adds dual-band wireless technology for optimal wireless streaming.
Roku’s updated boxes will continue to offer shows from Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand. It will also include sports from MLB.TV, Pandora, and photo/video sharing from Flickr and Facebook.
At $60, it really makes the perfect impulse purchase without feeling too bad after the fact. But we're pretty psyched that you can now get wireless streaming for about the price of a video game. It's kind of ridiculous. So ridiculous that I think we're going to buy one for the office tomorrow while waiting for our almighty Boxee Box to arrive in November.
What about you guys? Is $60 enough for you to bite on a Roku Box? Do you think Roku will destroy Apple TV?