Friday, 12 April 2013

Roku 3 Streaming Player Review

By on 12:04 pm

Roku 3 with remoteSo, let's talk about Roku. For those of us who are new to this name, Roku is a company that is at the forefront of TV streaming technology. The Roku player itself doesn't require a computer to run. You simply have to connect it to your TV and access your wireless router internet connection. There it is, streaming television at its best.

The first thing one notices about the Roku 3 is its incredible speed. Roku have used a much faster processor in this model so that  navigating the user interface is a breeze.Also, on the topic of the user interface, they have also upgraded it so that it now looks more modern and also has greater ease of use. In the older versions of the Roku, you could only see five channels at any time, but now there are nine of them on screen at any one time. Check out the screenshot below. (For those of you who own an older version of the Roku, don't worry because you will have access to the interface shown below via a software update).

roku gui
Roku gives you access to approximately 750 channels. Yes, that's a heck of a lot of programming. Stations such as Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus and Flickr are all there. Note that many of the channels require a separate paid subscription to view. There is one major drawback to the Roku and that's the inability to stream Youtube. There are workarounds for this however, and they can be found online.
Now on to the remote. Roku has done a good job with this remote as it has a good design without too many buttons. What is particularly interesting is the earphones that come with it which afford you the ability to listen to your programming without disturbing anyone else at home. This would be especially useful for those with children at home.
Roku 3 Remote
Another impressive feature about the remote is that it is fitted with motion control technology to play games. Considering that Angry Birds Space comes free with the Roku 3, you'll surely be testing out this feature. One thing to keep in mind is that you need an HDMI connection port on your television for the Roku 3 to work. Obviously, this would mean that you have to buy an HDMI cable as well.
Overall, the Roku 3 stands head and shoulders above the rest of the streaming community. If you're just starting out with internet streaming TV or are  a seasoned veteran, the Roku 3 is definitely for you.
For more info on the Roku 3, click here.

Have your say on your views about the new Roku below.

About Frank Cern

I have been involved with technology for many years and I love to blog about the newest tech related issues.