Roku 2 XD Streaming Media Player

Roku 2 XD Streaming Media Player
Price: $34.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard* or $9 Two-Day or *$12 One-Day
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Roku 2 XD Streaming Media Player
Price: $34.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Tuesday, Dec 24 to Wednesday, Dec 25) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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This really couldn’t have come at a better time, as our house is looking to dump cable TV in favor of Roku boxes. Any concerns about it being reconditioned instead of new, though?

For what it’s worth - I bought one of these from Woot recently. All I get is a scrambled menu screen. Woot tells me it’s under warranty and to contact Roku. Roku has failed to respond twice. I have no idea where to go from here. Buyer beware.

wired.com tests many different media streamers for your reading pleasure.

On a personal note, I have been using my Roku 2 XD a lot more in the last days. The interface is very easy to use and love the fact that I can use my iPhone as the remote. No more looking for the remote!

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We bought one reconditioned 2 years ago, and it’s been fabulous. Every once in a while the thing freezes or shuts down and restarts itself, but not enough that it’s cursing-worthy.

We like our Roku XD so much that we just bought the Roku 3 for our household for Xmas because we wanted the extra goodies like subtitles on Netflix (I think this one does that) and some of the other upgrades, but plan on moving the XD to another room for more streaming work.

We have Netflix steaming, Amazon Prime, and Hulu +, and there’s TONS to watch this way!

Junk. No DLNA support, no NAS support.

I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t heard back from either Woot Member Services or Roku.

Roku is normally very receptive and helpful to product owners w/warranties.

I’ll go ahead and escalate your email to a WMS Lead and see if I can’t help you find a resolve.

From the wootoff at $34.99 a few days ago, slightly edited, including the previous woot before the wootoff, when it sold out–now up to 80 comments:

Currently using a Boxee Box, looking to add a streaming device to another TV in the home. All I want to know is this - I don’t care about netflix, amazon prime, hulu, apps, etc.

All I want to do with this is stream stuff already in folders on my PC. I want it to scrape set directories at certain intervals and show me what’s new.

Does this do that?

Oh and I should add that I have an AppleTV 2 that I can jailbreak and run XBMC, not sure if worth the trouble if I can get this for cheap. Any thoughts from anyone who’s used both?

Nope.

I recently changed my mind about the Roku. I used to suggest the Roku paled in comparison to the G-Box MX2. I have come to learn that some find Android complex with its 850K available apps and games, or find it unacceptable to encounter occasional failed links when searching for limitless free XBMC streaming media. The strength of Roku is it’s elegance in simplicity with stable proprietary subscriptions. Granted, the MX2 has the same Netflix, Hulu, and other services as Roku, as well as YouTube. But all the additional MX2 functionality and choices can be intimidating. During my Roku research I did some comparison to other boxes, viewed XBMC demo videos, and read Amazon G-Box MX2 reviews. I figured I was up for the challenge, and you might too. Otherwise, enjoy the specific form and function of a Roku and don’t look back.

P.S. Regarding the streaming discussion, the MX2 XBMC streams your existing audio, video and picture library with ease, via wireless, Ethernet, or 4 USB ports.

thanks for saving me $40 :slight_smile:

Actually you can. All you have to do is install a program called Plex. It’s free. After you install it, go to the roku website and install the plex channel.

After awhile the channel will show up on your roku. All you do is start the plex server on your computer, choose which folders you want to stream, then go to the Plex channel on your roku. Works like a charm, and you can use the Plex app on your phone or tablet as well.

You can stream from your PC. You have to use Plex. Works very well for me. Been using it for years now :slight_smile:

Yep, I was using my ps3 to stream my media until I got the roku.

Yes it can, if you download PLEX Home Theater for Windows or Mac. It is free and can be found at http://www.plexapp.com/desktop/

I am running Plex and I can stream movies stored on my PC as well as my entire iTunes folder to the TV. It works great.