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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Walmart Adds Roku VOD Box to All Stores
    By Swanni

    Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2011) -- The Roku XD video streaming player is now available at all Walmart stores nationwide, Roku announced yesterday.

    The Roku XD, which retails for $78, offers more than 250 entertainment 'channels,' which can be streamed over the Net to your television. The Net-based services include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crckle, NHL GameCenter Live as well as music from Pandora.

    Roku announced in March that it would soon be available at retail and the Walmart partnership is a major victory for the company which is competing against a host of heavyweights in the streaming category, including Microsoft, TiVo, Sony and Amazon.


    "We know that our customers love having instant access to entertainment on their TV," said Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood.

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    This is a big win for Roku, but one could argue that it's a defeat for TV makers who are trying to persuade consumers to buy expensive TVs that also come with video streaming. Why buy a $2,000 HDTV that has Net streaming when you can buy a $78 Roku box or a sub-$100 Blu-ray player that also has a streaming feature?

    TV makers better come with a good answer for that question -- and fast.

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    Even at $99 or whatever the Roku is selling for - it just doesn't personally have much appeal to me without a web browser. With Roku you are limited to a walled garden of content with no email, no instant messenger, etc. The Logitech Revue is now selling for $199 - and when we get the new android 3.1 update (along with the android app market) Google TV will offer so much more value than Roku.
     
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    I agree but for $78 it is main stream as this latest review shows.

    Roku XD|S Media Player Review on February 24, 2011 ยท
     

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