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Roku SD and HD-XR Media Streamers Released

Written on Oct 27, 2009 by Brian and filed under News

Roku has released two new models of their popular media streaming boxes. The first is the Roku SD, at $79.99 it’s designed to be a value offering in the streaming space. The Roku HD-XR offers HD streaming via HDMI. Both models offer WiFi, the SD bringing in 802.11 b/g and the HD-XR using 802.11n. Roku now has three options for those who want to easily stream content from Netflix, Amazon and MLB.tv.

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The Roku SD player connects to the TV included RCA cables. The HD-XR connects with HDMI or component video. The HD-XR also features a USB port that currently has no use, but will likely be leveraged with a firmware update in the future.

With these two new media streamers, Roku has a full range of offerings for those looking to stream Netflix, Amazon and MLB.tv. Of course there are some obvious holes, Hulu and YouTube are the most obvious. It does seem reasonable though that Roku will endeavor to get these and other content services added when they can. Every new content channel that comes available increases the utility of these boxes.

To that end, Roku also announced the Roku Channel Store which will be available later this year. The Roku Channel Store is a little amorphous at this time, but it will “enable customers to add new content channels to their Roku experience.”

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All three Roku systems are available now from Amazon.com.

Update – 11/20/09 – Roku HD XR Review Posted

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