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Roku 101 - A quick introduction

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posted this on February 28, 2014, 11:44

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Want to know the best reasons to choose Roku? Click on any of the following questions to learn more.


What do I need?

Really, just three things:

- A TV  (new or not-so-new)
- A HDMI cable (for the best video quality)*
- Broadband Internet connection with a Wi-Fi router

A major bonus would be a comfy couch!

*HDMI cable not necessary for Roku Streaming Stick™ (HDMI® Version) or (Roku Ready® Version)

How does it work?

Roku players connect directly to your TV and to your high-speed Internet service via your home network. You select the shows and movies you want to watch, whenever you want them! For more details on setup, and to see just how easy it is, click here and select a product.

Feature Comparison

Compare all current Roku player models here.

Entertainment Options

Roku players are the easiest to use and have the biggest and best selection of entertainment choices with over 2000 channels, including Netflix, M-GO, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video, PBS, Spotify and far too many more to list. Please click here to browse more channels on Roku.

What Value does my Roku bring?

Roku players offer a ton of entertainment options, allowing you to choose only the programming options that fit you best.  Feature for feature, we are right there with the best.  Have a second bedroom and spare TV?  This is where we pull away from the herd.  A second Roku player quickly gives you access to all your installed channels* and subscriptions.

*Some games and channels may not be compatible with all Roku player models.

What kind of video quality can I expect from my Roku player?

Video quality depends on your Internet connection speed: The faster your connection, the better the video quality. Slower connections are comparable to watching a VHS tape, while faster connections can provide DVD or even HD-quality playback if the source video is streamed in HD. Netflix streams some movies in up to 1080p HD..

Can I use Roku with my existing home theater setup?

Yes, and depending on your Roku model you may have more than one option.  To check out some of these choices click here.


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