Get off your laptop and stream on TV!
Roku streams HD movies, TV shows and more – on the cheap!
I own a top of the line 50″ super-thin plasma TV with vibrant colors and excellent black levels. You know what? I barely use it 5 hours a week – at most. Television watching has practically been eradicated in my life.
But I wanted to share something I picked up recently – and that’s the Roku 2 XS Streaming Player 1080p.
It’s a fascinating little device that might help many of you from squinting at your smartphones or laptop and computer screens – and enjoy the palatial real estate of the TV you invested so much money in!
What is a Roku, why would I want it?
To put it simply – the Roku 2 XS is just a high-definition box (the size of a pack of playing cards) that streams video content from the internet.
It can stream your NetFlix account, or videos from your Amazon Prime account as well. It has channels for HULU Plus, Pandora, Disney, Epix and more. It’s also a must have for anyone that enjoyed Glenn Beck – since he launched his own network GBTV (via subscription).
Private channel hacks, like live Hoboken City Council meetings!
If you’re one of the few dozen folks in the Mile Square that actually watch the streaming video of the Hoboken City Council meetings – you’d be pleased to know that one very cool feature of the Roku network are the private channels people can just create!
For instance – you can watch UStream content by just adding channel code IN4DN on your account, and presto – you can watch the meetings both live and archived from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy chair.
Oh – and this XS model even comes with Angry Birds pre-installed.
The setup was painless, and the direction-sensitive Nintendo Wii-like remote is easy as heck to use.
For less than $100 – it’s not a bad way to get video content in your spare time – and you might want to consider canceling your cable or other TV monthly plans. If you have any questions about my experiences with the Roku 2 XS – I’d be happy to share.