Several months ago I bought a Roku 2 XS streaming player for my living room. I wanted something simple, economic, and quiet to play media (movies from my Home Server via Plex) or web content (Netflix and TWiT). It worked great with Netflix and other online streaming services. Most MP4’s were fine but some were jittery; that seemed to sort itself out over time … I guess an update to the software fixed it. My Sky satellite box had a cabling fault so I couldn’t watch much TV. It was like that for months, and I didn’t care. Why? I was watching stuff via the Roku more than I was watching broadcast TV. Broadcast TV became the filler between things I wanted to watch online or streamed from the home server.
When I bought my house I decided not to put a TV in the bedroom. The reason is that from time to time I just can’t fall asleep and I wanted a simple clean room with no distractions. It turns out, that no distractions is a distraction for my overactive mind. So today I finally relented and bought an LED HD TV for the room. I hate cabling and I didn’t want to put in a second Sky box (with the additional subscription cost). I didn’t want to put in an Xbox360 with the noise it creates. Instead, I decided to go for the lower end Roku LT. That’s all I need; it’ll play from Netflix, it’ll stream from Plex on my home server, and there’s even a channel that has the network stations from the USA. It’s not going to play 1080p HD like the Roku 2 XS but it’s half the price and is enough for the “small” screen TV.
Luckily I work for the Irish distributor of Roku and of the brand of TV that I bought so the package didn’t cost me too much
If you’re outside the USA then note that the number of channels available on Roku is much smaller.
I did have the choice of going Apple TV (we also distribute Apple) or even an Android thing from Noontec. But the Roku has done the job.