** Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Media Player now £54.97 @ Currys / PC World **
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** Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Media Player now £54.97 @ Currys / PC World **

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Found 12th Nov 2013
RRP 99.99. On sale now at a new lower price.

Over 300 channels of entertainment
Catch up TV with BBC iPlayer & movies with NOW TV
1080p HD video streaming
WiFi & Ethernet connections
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Best price I've seen. It's going for over £60 on amazon. Heat added.
Better spending a little extra for the Roku 3, every review I read says as much.
I am looking at getting one of these just remember to download the Plex app to access the channel list facility.
If you're going to primarily use plex buy a nowtv box for £10. Same hardware. Restricted roku store.
Is this OK for folks that you want to provide with an easy to use box to plug into their TV, and it can read videos from a local USB hard drive? i.e. Archive stuff (in the public domain of course I supply them?)
Does anybody know of a media streaming box that has Netflix as well as the ability to play Divx and mkv files via USB?
ajay2606

Does anybody know of a media streaming box that has Netflix as well as … Does anybody know of a media streaming box that has Netflix as well as the ability to play Divx and mkv files via USB?



AC Ryan Playon?
pacman is amazing on this
ajay2606

Does anybody know of a media streaming box that has Netflix as well as … Does anybody know of a media streaming box that has Netflix as well as the ability to play Divx and mkv files via USB?



or the good ol WDTV Live
amazon.co.uk/WD-…ive
calenture

or the good ol WDTV … or the good ol WDTV Livehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/WD-TV-Live-Media-Player/dp/B005NYOKC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384256580&sr=8-1&keywords=wdtv+live



Thank you! Didn't realise WDTV had Netflix too.
Not available for delivery and very little stock from what I can see.
Sid Harper

If you're going to primarily use plex buy a nowtv box for £10. Same … If you're going to primarily use plex buy a nowtv box for £10. Same hardware. Restricted roku store.



Agree you get the same functionality between the 2, except for one very important difference. The Now TV box is wi-fi only. With the 2XS you can use it wired. Unless you happen to keep your Now TV box and your router next to each other, the quality of the streamed image will be poor and the reliability of connection poor. For most video streaming, you should be looking to create a wired connection.
what exactly is this?....dummy answer please
Roger_Irrelevant

Is this OK for folks that you want to provide with an easy to use box to … Is this OK for folks that you want to provide with an easy to use box to plug into their TV, and it can read videos from a local USB hard drive? i.e. Archive stuff (in the public domain of course I supply them?)



Yes
Lowtrawler

Agree you get the same functionality between the 2, except for one very … Agree you get the same functionality between the 2, except for one very important difference. The Now TV box is wi-fi only. With the 2XS you can use it wired. Unless you happen to keep your Now TV box and your router next to each other, the quality of the streamed image will be poor and the reliability of connection poor. For most video streaming, you should be looking to create a wired connection.



NowTV box is only 720p
tek-monkey

AC Ryan Playon?


Yes, If you dont fast forward/ backward when playing large files.. Their software is buggy as hell. Get a WDTV live which is much better.
So what extra channels do you get with this over freeview? Anyone have a channel list?
KopCity

what exactly is this?....dummy answer please



It essentially serves 2 purposes: (1) It turns any TV into a SMART TV allowing you to access certain internet TV services, and (2) It provides a means to play video / music/ picture files through your TV from either a connected drive or a central hard drive store.
laptop, wireless keyboard & mouse= job done ?
good deal but would rather have the roku 2
Would it stream from a Synology NAS? I am looking for something to do that and I would like SMART capabilities (though our broadband is rubbish at 2Mbps and no prospect of fibre until next summer at the earliest). Alternative recommendations welcome as I haven't done any research yet.
Lowtrawler

It essentially serves 2 purposes: (1) It turns any TV into a SMART TV … It essentially serves 2 purposes: (1) It turns any TV into a SMART TV allowing you to access certain internet TV services, and (2) It provides a means to play video / music/ picture files through your TV from either a connected drive or a central hard drive store.



3) play angry birds and pacman
Lowtrawler

It essentially serves 2 purposes: (1) It turns any TV into a SMART TV … It essentially serves 2 purposes: (1) It turns any TV into a SMART TV allowing you to access certain internet TV services, and (2) It provides a means to play video / music/ picture files through your TV from either a connected drive or a central hard drive store.



I like the definition make TV Smart... I use the same to explain it to my friends...
I am using Roku 2 XS for few months now...
initially had buffering problem when I tried WiFi... but wired connection is perfect... no issues at all... (I got virgin 30 mb connection)
roku got large collection of channels... just give a search about it in google or just visit roku.com
juniper

Would it stream from a Synology NAS? I am looking for something to do … Would it stream from a Synology NAS? I am looking for something to do that and I would like SMART capabilities (though our broadband is rubbish at 2Mbps and no prospect of fibre until next summer at the earliest). Alternative recommendations welcome as I haven't done any research yet.



Yes.
calenture

or the good ol WDTV … or the good ol WDTV Live[url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/WD-TV-Live-Media-Player/dp/B005NYOKC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384256580&sr=8-1&



I'm no longer comfortable recommending the WDTV live. The original was great, but with these newer revisions the firmware is clunky feeling. It's slow like a Smart TV, not fast like a tablet.

Takes 30 seconds or more to load the netflix channel, for example. And navigating the menu feels laggy and unresponsive.

Still plays pretty much whatever you throw at it, but it rarely gets turned on these days.
Roger_Irrelevant

Is this OK for folks that you want to provide with an easy to use box to … Is this OK for folks that you want to provide with an easy to use box to plug into their TV, and it can read videos from a local USB hard drive? i.e. Archive stuff (in the public domain of course I supply them?)


If they just want something cheap and simple for playing videos from a USB source, without any sort of internet channels or network streaming etc. then there's cheaper options than this.
The Cyclone Micro 2+ is a bit dated in comparison to current devices like this, but is a great little media player - and can probably be had for about £20. (Not sure about prices - I got mine for about £25 a couple of years back.)

Naturally network devices will give them more options - for the extra cost.
Need something to stream Netflix to my dumb TV in the bedroom. Holding out though for the Chromecast.
wild_quinine

I'm no longer comfortable recommending the WDTV live. The original was … I'm no longer comfortable recommending the WDTV live. The original was great, but with these newer revisions the firmware is clunky feeling. It's slow like a Smart TV, not fast like a tablet. Takes 30 seconds or more to load the netflix channel, for example. And navigating the menu feels laggy and unresponsive. Still plays pretty much whatever you throw at it, but it rarely gets turned on these days.



Gave up on them all and built an HTPC. Now that plays EVERYTHING. Costs a bit more of course, but an infinitely better solution IMO.
Edited by: "barbiegirl" 12th Nov 2013
Just ordered one from Ebay a couple of days ago - it is minus the Roku full motion remote though but for under 30 quid makes no odds to me as it will be used with my Harmony - ebay.co.uk/itm…7fd
Couple of people on AV Forums have bought with no trouble from this supplier and has decent feedback

There is one other considerable difference between the Roku 2 XS besides the LAN port - 1080P playback which NowTV doesn't do (possibly not ever as it's based on the Roku LT hardware which has only 720P output). Not an issue for some I am sure for a second TV or non full HD, but to me it was the deciding factor.
Edited by: "bobbler" 12th Nov 2013
Does this support HDMI-CEC so you can use your TV remote? Wanting one for older relatives but don't want them to have to learn a whole new remote control just for this. Thinking XBMC on Android/Linux box would be better as that's mature and can use telly remote for most things.
Costs too much I think even with an offer. It's probably better to buy a PS3 (I think you might be able to get a used one for about this price). Maybe I'm wrong to compare the two though - I've never used either!
tempted but doesn't have lovefilm as sky now owns roku
cRuNcHiE

NowTV box is only 720p

I notice that Plex lets you use an HTTP Proxy.

If I put Plex on a Now TV box, will it get US Netflix, or would my router location override that?
Lowtrawler

Agree you get the same functionality between the 2, except for one very … Agree you get the same functionality between the 2, except for one very important difference. The Now TV box is wi-fi only. With the 2XS you can use it wired. Unless you happen to keep your Now TV box and your router next to each other, the quality of the streamed image will be poor and the reliability of connection poor. For most video streaming, you should be looking to create a wired connection.



Both of my NowTV's stream fine on WIFI on opposite sides of the house.
bobbler

Just ordered one from Ebay a couple of days ago - it is minus the Roku … Just ordered one from Ebay a couple of days ago - it is minus the Roku full motion remote though but for under 30 quid makes no odds to me as it will be used with my Harmony - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Roku-2-XS-HD-1080P-TV-HDMI-Wifi-Wireless-Ethernet-Media-Streaming-Player-Box-USB-/221314750461?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Internet_TV_Media_Streamers&hash=item33876317fdCouple of people on AV Forums have bought with no trouble from this supplier and has decent feedback



I received mine yesterday from these people, it took 9 days to ship from China.
The case is a bit scuffed but it works perfectly.
Netflix streams fine over WiFi, Plex works well..
There's a free Roku remote control available on the Play Store.
Sid Harper

If you're going to primarily use plex buy a nowtv box for £10. Same … If you're going to primarily use plex buy a nowtv box for £10. Same hardware. Restricted roku store.



This is a higher model of the nowtv box which is only 720p
Edited by: "stsonic" 12th Nov 2013
Will the NOW TV box offer much more than Sky's on demand box?
Do you get also foreign Chanel's with this?
Wild goose chase lol
After doing a bit of research, Plex seems ideal for my needs. However am I correct in assuming you need a computer to always be switched on to act as the server? Is there a possibility of plugging a hard drive into an O2 wireless box IV?
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