A NEW SMART T.V ROKU 1
The Roku 1 might not sound new – the numerical character in the name is usually a dead giveaway – but it forms part of the smart TV platform company’s revamped line up of low price streaming boxes. More than 1,000 channels are supported, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player, and Vudu. It also has cross-platform search that scours several major TV and movie services to find content. The Roku 1 adds 1080p video output over the budget Roku LT. You’ve probably noticed that smart TVs with internet connectivity and apps built in cost a fortune, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have all those lovely streaming services right now on your existing TV, even if it lacks a digital HDMI connection, right now with one of Roku’s awesome little boxes. Like its brothers, the Roku 1 is absolutely tiny, nestling neatly in the palm of your hands. It’s super quiet – unlike your brash Xbox 360 with its fans screaming ‘LOOK AT ME’ – and with its black plastic shell and low power Always On setup, completely unassuming, invisible and reliable. Set up is a piece of cake: you sign up for an account, hook it up to your Wi-Fi and start watching. The small remote is tiny and well designed, but you can use an app to control the box from your smartphone or tablet if you prefer. Once you’re up and running, the experience is almost identical to what you’ve seen on Roku before: flawless 1080p video from more than 450 channels, with everything from Demand Five to Netflix and even Spotify for music on demand through the big screen in your living room. With Plex installed, you can even open videos on your laptop. It’s a little slower than the experience on the Roku 3 with its faster processor, and you can’t play motion controlled games with the remote like Angry Birds Space, but if all you want is to catch up on last night’s telly, it’ll never let you down. The Roku 1 is a good value at $60, but it lacks the dirt-cheap appeal of the Roku LT or the killer features (such as the remote with a headphone jack) offered on the step up Roku 2 and Roku 3. Most buyers will be better off choosing one of Roku’s other models, although if you can find the Roku 1 discounted to $50 (as its predecessor, the Roku HD, often was), there’s no reason not to choose it over the Roku LT. So be prepared for a new smart t.v.