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As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. Instead, if all the content you care about is available online, there’s little reason to keep your TV service going.

If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may be the time to make the switch. You will still need a computer or system that can access all of that content for you — more commonly, it’s called a media streamer or a home theatre PC. While you can build your own HTPC Entertainment On The Cheap: The Most Affordable Ways To Set Up A Home Theater Entertainment On The Cheap: The Most Affordable Ways To Set Up A Home Theater While plenty of pricey pre-built solutions exist, there are a few ways to bring a streaming box of entertainment to your living room on the cheap. With the right some open source media software, a... Read More , it might be easier to just buy something like the Roku 3. We purchased a unit to review and give away to a lucky reader, so let’s see whether it lives up to the hype!

About the Roku 3

The Roku 3 is, logically, the successor to the Roku and Roku 2. It is a $99 online media delivery system, which means that it’s a dedicated media center box which you connect to your television as well as the Internet via some form of Internet connection such as Wi-Fi or ethernet. It specializes in retrieving content from multiple online sources, such as Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and much more.

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The unit has increasingly become smaller, but also more powerful as it delivers on consumer demands for high-definition video streaming. The product line has also shrunk down from multiple different models to just one, but this one model should be enough to satisfy the needs of all consumers.

Some competitors to the Roku 3 include the Apple TV at $99, which offers much of the same functionality such as on-demand movies and TV shows, but is more integrated into the Apple ecosystem; and requires one computer to be the dedicated iTunes server in order to watch local video files. Next, the Boxee Box at around $180, offers more or less the same features, but isn’t quite as complete. Boxee is also known to erratically drop support on existing customers and phase out products really quickly. Judging from what’s happening in Boxee’s support forum, the Boxee Box could have very well reached the end of its life.

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Packaging

The Roku 3 comes in a relatively small box, but this is also because the Roku 3 isn’t very big. After taking off the top, you’ll see a “Let’s get started” guide, where underneath lies the Roku 3 unit as well as the remote.

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If you pull out the cardboard, you’ll find a power supply for the unit as well as batteries for the remote and earphones on the left and right sides of the cardboard. At the very bottom of the box is a product information pamphlet.

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About the unit

As I said, the Roku 3 unit is very small. It measures at just 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches by 1 inch, and weighs in at only 5 ounces. The case is made from a hard plastic which should protect it from bumps and scratches. The glossy surface is also nice, especially with the “3” created by a non-glossy border, but it definitely shows off the fingerprints that it collects.

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The Roku 3 comes with decent connectivity as it includes a USB port, an HDMI port, and an ethernet port. The USB port allows you to connect additional storage to play content from. Supported formats include MP4, MKV, MP3, AAC, JPG, and PNG; and plays 720p and 1080p HD video. As the Roku 3 only has an HDMI port, it is only compatible with TVs or monitors with an HDMI input. The Roku 3 also doesn’t have a separate audio port, so remember that both audio and video will be transmitted via the HDMI cable.

The Roku 3 has internal storage for saving your added channels and games, although Roku doesn’t state how much internal storage the device has. However, underneath the HDMI port is a microSD card reader which can provide additional storage space for more channels when the internal storage runs out. While the Roku 3 offers a 10/100 ethernet port, it is also dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi compatible with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption.

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The power plug is rather small, as the Roku 3 is advertised to use only 3.5 watts while streaming HD video. This number is rather impressive, considering that the Roku 3 packs a processor that is “5 times faster” than that found in the previous generation. That’s some serious muscle power to stream HD video as smoothly as possible.

The Remote

The included remote is interesting to say the least. The first thing you’ll notice is that neither the remote nor the Roku 3 have an IR receiver — instead, they communicate with each other using Wi-Fi Direct. This simply means that the two devices create an ad-hoc wireless network with which they can communicate. Previous generations used either an IR receiver or Bluetooth. The remote also comes with rather minimal buttons, which makes the Roku 3 quite simple (but sometimes tedious) to use. Surprisingly enough though, the remote also comes with motion control which is used for some games that are available on the Roku 3.

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One of the biggest advantages to the Wi-Fi Direct method of communication is that the remote is able to receive a lot more data from the main unit. Why in the world would the remote be receiving data from the Roku 3? If you look on the left side of the remote, you’ll see that you can plug in any headphones so that you’re able to move around and enjoy your content without having to disturb others. While the idea of plugging headphones into a remote may be strange at first, I am absolutely enthusiastic about this idea simply because the remote is extremely mobile. You can enjoy your videos quite wherever you’re not alone are in the room.

Setting Up

With hardware out of the way, let’s take a look at the actual experience with the Roku 3. When you plug it in for the first time, you’ll have to go through a setup process in which you choose your language, wireless network if you don’t have an ethernet cable plugged in, and a linking process where you have to link the Roku 3 with your Roku account. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to make one in order to use your Roku 3. While I don’t have an issue with making an account, I do not like that it forces you to enter your payment information, even if you don’t plan on making any Roku purchases. However, the account creation process will also ask you whether you want to enter a PIN for making a purchase, so you’re still protected from accidentally spending money. With a Roku account, you can also add private channels, manage your subscriptions, check your purchase history, and deactivate your account.

Channels

Once you have everything set up, you can add different “channels”, which are your different content providers. There are channels for every big name in content, from Hulu Plus and Netflix to Pandora, Disney, Fox News Channel. However, the library of channels is huge and includes so much more than just those. You can also find interesting channels such as Dailymotion, cnet, NASA, TED Talks, and even MIT OpenCourseware.

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Although most channels are freely available, some require a paid subscription to really use them; and then there are some which require you to pay in order to add the channel to your Roku 3. There are also private channels which you can add via your account online using a code. A good place to start looking for private channels would be StreamFree.TV. There aren’t any credible channel repositories — just the available private channels.

Experience

The general experience across all apps is pleasing. The user interfaces are easy to navigate, and best of all they are pretty predictable after you’ve looked at one or two channels. For example, if you want to watch a TV show or movie on Netflix, it’s really easy provided you already have your Internet connection set up. Just navigate to the Netflix channel and hit OK. Then, after it loads a little more, you can scroll around for your TV show or movie, and then hit OK again. Then just hit Play on the screen, and it should load.

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Pandora works similarly, where you navigate to the Pandora channel, choose the station you’d like to listen to, and you’re already done. As everything is channel-based, you won’t find a web browser or file explorer that you can use. The Roku 3 is also supposed to be able to connect to other PCs on the network and stream from them, but I haven’t been able to get it to work because of the network scenario where I live.

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Games

Interestingly enough, you can also play a handful of games on the Roku 3 after adding them to your device. One of the most popular games is Angry Birds Space, and I’d have to say that it’s pretty fun to play on. The graphics are very good, and playing with the remote is pretty cool. You can point with the remote to move the on-screen pointer around, and in the case of Angry Birds you can also pull back by moving the remote to the left. I’m not sure how it recognizes the motion, but it works reasonably well. You don’t even have to point it at the Roku unit — it works even when pointing the remote in the complete opposite direction. I still prefer using a smartphone or tablet when playing Angry Birds, however.

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Downsides

Besides plenty of available channels and games, there isn’t a whole lot more to the Roku 3. It’s fantastic at what it’s meant to do — streaming online content. However, there are a few downsides to the Roku 3. First, if you haven’t noticed yet, there is no official YouTube channel despite the number of channels that are available for the device. As a college student, I do enjoy any content that is available for free, and YouTube is my go-to source for that. As the Roku 3 doesn’t offer YouTube, that’s a huge turn off in my eyes. After doing a bit of research, I’ve discovered that this is Google’s fault for trying to make a YouTube app exclusive to Google and Apple TV devices, and not Roku’s. I just hope that YouTube comes to the device in the near future, no matter whose fault it really is.

Next, I dislike the fact that I have to make an account for the Roku 3, but I see the reasons why I would want to do so. However, I definitely didn’t like that I was forced to enter in my payment information — maybe I’m asking a bit too much in that area. Finally, I think that the power cable is too short at just 5 feet, as I wasn’t able to place the Roku 3 exactly where I would have preferred it to be.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a fantastic streaming solution that makes the switch to online TV content a whole lot easier. Despite some of my gripes, the device has barely any downsides, although I’m still highly disappointed about the lack of an official YouTube channel. As most of my viewed content comes from YouTube, it makes the Roku 3 a lot less useful for me.

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Also, if you’re invested in the Apple ecosystem, you may have a better time getting an Apple TV instead. While it doesn’t have quite as many channels as the Roku 3, it does connect to most major content providers (including YouTube) as well as your iCloud purchases and content.

MakeUseOf Recommends: Buy, unless you use Apple ecosystem or highly desire YouTube.

  1. Donna
    February 5, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Do you have to purchase the channels? Like if I wanted to replace cable TV with roku 3,would it be a viable and cheaper solution?

  2. Anonymous
    March 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Can it be used in Spain

  3. Ken Williams
    July 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Great review. I was looking at getting the AplleTV unit, but this has thrown a wrench into that. I will be checking out the ROKU3 as a solution.

  4. Tom Six
    June 1, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I would pick the Roku 3 because I love that it includes a USB port, an HDMI port, and an ethernet port. Nice...

  5. arm
    June 1, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Roku 3 is the best streamer all around !

  6. JA Gensemer
    May 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    it should be better than the old ones

  7. Diana Hill
    May 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I think the Roku 3 would work well for us, it carries allot of content on it.

  8. Andrea
    May 31, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Yes this is what I would choose because it works with Netflix :)

  9. Alan Mowbray
    May 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I have a 360 that I stream with already, but the YouTube app is slow and jerky.
    Hopefully the Roku app is better.

  10. Pri R.
    May 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I would love the Roku 3 to watch the come back of my two favorite soap operas, All My Children and One Life to Live which is only available online through Hulu!

  11. Boris Smersh
    May 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I love my Roku 2 & would love to have the upgraded version.

  12. Stephanie Mago-Eagle
    May 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Roku 3

  13. Jeff Hirsch
    May 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    roku all the way

  14. Hani Z
    May 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Roku 3 because I would like to try this concept for free first

  15. Ron Lamb
    May 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Like things are open so I think Roku would be a good choice. If I had to pick one it would be between the Roku or a Asus Cube. I think the deciding factor for me would be extensibility. What apps can I add to do things like Movie Trailers.

  16. Tay
    May 30, 2013 at 3:35 am

    I would pick the Roku 3 as the media streamer for my home because its the only one I've ever heard of. I could google to find out about others but... nah.

  17. Charles Babb
    May 30, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I would pickup the Roku 3 because of all the channels and the game library is sure to grow.

  18. J.C. Bobea
    May 30, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Roku 3, cause is cheap and effective.

  19. Sydney D
    May 30, 2013 at 12:40 am

    probably a roku!

  20. Eric Tacti
    May 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I'd love one of these! I have had a Roku 2 XS since releases and I love it. But, I think it is time to upgrade. The hardware boost is a plus, as well as the headphones jack on the remote.

  21. Lönja Selter
    May 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    probably a raspberry

  22. bettina86
    May 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I've seen video of Roku, and i like the functionality of this streamer

  23. Alex
    May 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I would like the Roku 3 because of the design and functions, the youtube app is not this important for me.

  24. Miles M.
    May 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I would choose the Roku 3 for my home streaming because this article convinced me to want one over an Apple TV. Secondly, since this article has obviously swayed me, and I've entered in this contest, it *would make sense* to want one.

  25. Phil
    May 29, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Roku 3. Not doing any streaming but if I was to start, the Roku 3 would be it because it seems to get the most buz. No other streamer comes to mind.

  26. Alexander Genvarev
    May 29, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I'm Wanty!

  27. Franco Bluto
    May 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    ROKU 3 best reviews

  28. Mansoor Syed
    May 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I would like to try Roku as I have a network hard drive. Currently i use a blu-ray player, but the channels are limited!

    thanks for the opportunity!

  29. Nathan
    May 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Roku 3 for me. Roku 1 has held up very well.

  30. JimRPh
    May 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I have an Apple TV 2 which works great for limited functions. I'm still waiting on my Roku Glasses. So, I'd love a Roku Player to fill the gap left my my Apple device.

  31. Jeff
    May 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    The Roku 3 because we have a Roku 2 and it is almost perfect ;-)

  32. Eric Stoick
    May 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I think this would be sweet to win!!!

  33. havalabdulkarim
    May 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Yes, it is the Roku 3 since it will be the first streamer I use :)

  34. null
    May 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

    It seems interesting, but for us, european customer, is it risk to be an empty shell without service like hulu or netflix ?
    I think i will prefer a raspberry Pi as media center

  35. Guillermo Aguilar
    May 28, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I have my eyes set on StreamGadgets.com

  36. Jan Michael Lagapa
    May 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Roku 3 as I haven't tried using a streamer before. This would be a good way to start.

  37. Craig Eaton
    May 28, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I've had the Prodiji streaming device. It quite working and the company is out of business. Nice little unit. I have W-D Live now, which works some of the time. But it's pig-slow and often you wait a long time only to find out now isn't one of the times it works. I chose it because it easily streamed recorded content from my computer. But streaming has improved so much I've given that up. With 750-some channels and Roku's reputation of "it just works" I'd like to switch my allegiance to the Roku 3.

  38. Oleksandr O
    May 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Maybe Roku 3...

  39. Marleen K
    May 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I've had a Roku 2 for YEARS and love it. Much better than my first streamer - Western digital. I assume the 3 will even be better. TIP: couple any Roku with "Playon" and you will have access to SO much more ---- to include Youtube.
    Playon will connect with the Roku without a problem. Get a lifetime subscription - it's well worth it! (no, I don't work for Playon - I'm a social program developer for nonprofits)

  40. Cherie Montorio
    May 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I would pick the Roku because it has great reviews.

  41. Sonesh Lakhani
    May 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Nice giveaway hope to win

  42. Joel Thomas
    May 27, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Roku is the best streaming player out there any one would want it

  43. Colin Wh
    May 27, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I'd totally use some combo of Plex/XBMC

    Thanks ;)

  44. ShempGames
    May 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I have looked at some others, but this one has more features I like better.

  45. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames)
    May 27, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I would like the Roku3. I have considered others, but this would be the best for me.

  46. Matt
    May 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I've read good reviews of the roku 3 and saw a demonstration of it at Gadget Show Live.

  47. thepuffytaco
    May 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I already have an AppleTV and it works perfectly for my parents as its simplicity works perfectly for their needs and abilities.

    The Roku 3 is more up my alley as I am more tech-knowledgeable and thus have no problem attaching and reattaching my portable hard drives to its unit or using Plex to view my content.

  48. Ryan
    May 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I wonder why they feel the need to add games to the Roku, Do they see the ouya as competition now?

  49. phunkeyrobit
    May 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    The Roku 3 looks great. I'm also looking at the AppleTV, because of the screen forwarding feature. Is that possible on the Roku 3? Also can I hookup XBMC?

  50. deelirium
    May 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I already have a roku 2 and it's great for the few things it does well (streaming movies from my laptop). I'd probably want to buy a Google tv though, since the Roku doesn't have a regular web browser.

  51. Marko Marjanac
    May 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I would pick a roku as a streamer since with the plex app i can stream from multiple sources.

  52. BenRogersWPG
    May 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Since I cut the cable this month, Roku is just what I'm looking for.

  53. Leland Whitlock
    May 26, 2013 at 3:04 am

    I like the Roku 2 XS but the Roku 3 looks quite nice too...

  54. Nefiee
    May 26, 2013 at 2:11 am

    more streaming content

  55. Leland Whitlock
    May 26, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I don't see a place to put in my name and email. I signed in with my Google credentials. Will leaving this comment enter me in the contest? Anyway it looks quite interesting and I would love to win. Thanks.

  56. Melissa M
    May 26, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Love Roku! I have e 1st one and need an upgrade!

  57. Madhav
    May 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I picked the ROKU because it has got some good features and i can play some games there :D. Plus, its very easy to watch in Netflix from Roku.

  58. Diane W
    May 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 because I am using apple tv now and it is extremely limited. I want an upgrade.

  59. Ronnie Schwartz
    May 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Roku 3 because it's reliable

  60. Coby Heise
    May 25, 2013 at 8:45 am

    As cool as this little device is (don't get me wrong, I would never turn one down if offered), I'm more of a fan of some of the lesser-known media streamers, particularly those made by S. Korea-based Xtreamer. I have the first model they ever released, and it's still going strong almost 5 years later. They support just about any codec, have a vibrant, open community (many of which are developers who put out some nice add-ons), and - most notably - sell their streamers for prices nobody can compete with. I realize I'm sounding like a company rep here, but I'm just an avid media streaming enthusiast, and would recommend checking out xtreamer.net if you've never heard of them before. I'm sure they don't come close to Roku or the other big players in terms of sales volume, market share, or brand recognition, but they serve the niche filled by the more technically-inclined, early-adopter, advanced media consumer.

  61. Janet Jackson
    May 25, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Netflix is a must in our house and with 3 kids we need the extra devices to channel it on!

  62. Diane C
    May 25, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Roku3 is the perfect media streamer

  63. Yang Yang Li
    May 25, 2013 at 3:16 am

    I have my PC connected to the TV. The Roku will serve as a coaster for my mega soft drink!

  64. Janissa
    May 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

    The Roku 3 looks like an excellent choice

  65. null
    May 25, 2013 at 1:35 am

    I don't know what set-top media streamer I would use. Either an HTPC (or even a Raspberry Pi if I had one now), Apple TV, or Roku.

  66. Jose Antonio Lambiris Ruiz
    May 25, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I think I'll go for an Apple TV (apple ecosystem inhabitant here) and tweak it with XBMC.

  67. Kirsten
    May 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Honestly I don't know much about them but my husband is telling me to say Roku 3. :D

  68. Matthew
    May 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    My only hesitation is that it may not be able to play media from my network; otherwise I love the idea of a roku, especially for netflix.

  69. Sheila
    May 24, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Wow! I love the Roku! Since I am always looking for a way to keep more of my hard earned money, dumping my cable provider would feel really good.

  70. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    May 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I would like Roku to try it!

  71. Nohl Lyons
    May 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I would like a wifi streamer that I can put in my kid's room. They are 4 and 6. I welcome suggestions. Something below $50 would be good, so if they break it, I don't cry.

  72. Nohl Lyons
    May 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This review would be improved with a Suggested Retail Price to help assess product value.

  73. Nals Soliman
    May 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Haven't tried one at all...so can't really say.

  74. Lisa
    May 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Would LOVE a Roku 3...we have had a Roku since the very beginning and couldn't be happier...I do not miss cable in the least

  75. Blake
    May 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    For a premade htpc solution I think the ROku is one of the best out of the box

  76. Ryan Johnson
    May 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I was just eyeing up getting one of these yesterday. Coincidence? I think not.

  77. Jen
    May 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I own the original Roku. The Roku 3 has so many improvements. I'd love the ability to use the headphones and therefore not disturb anyone else.

  78. anissa (an) gooch
    May 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    tons of features

  79. Ben
    May 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I'll use the roku, it's definitely got a bunch of nice features.

  80. Ramasamy Ilangovan
    May 24, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I have never used a streamer and never heard of it until I read this blog post. I would like to try using one, and Roku3 would be a better choice if I win the contest.

  81. Graylin G
    May 24, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Previous Roku units were behind Apple TV in video quality. If the Roku 3 equals or exceeds Apple's video then the headphone jack in the remote is the tie-breaker.

  82. Kyle
    May 24, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I'd use a free Roku 3.

  83. Koshy George
    May 24, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Anything will do.

  84. Lauren Stephens
    May 24, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I would definitely choose the Roku 3 based upon the review.

  85. David Haug
    May 24, 2013 at 2:44 am

    My friend has2 TiVo's, and I have none. And it would be nice to have something than him, at least for a short time.

  86. Ramon Gutierrez
    May 24, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Is the Roku3, many channels to choose from, can play games, I can stream my media via Plex and the feature that I like most is the remote were you can plug the headphones.

  87. Michael Ising
    May 24, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Roku options options options

  88. Nivin Thundiyil
    May 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I would definitely choose Roku 3 over other streaming boxes for sure. It is a lot more flexible and has a lot more international channels. I love Roku already but I want the Roku 3 because of the faster wifi, games, and the new remote.

  89. angela bailey
    May 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Love the idea of a streaming media center, I have looked at the Roku 2 XS and think it is a nice little device with a lot of extras for a good price. Would like to see how the Roku 3 performs!

  90. Aleksandra H
    May 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Roku3, heard a lot good about it

  91. null
    May 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Simply the best right now.

  92. Lawrence
    May 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Which media streamer would you pick for your home? Is it the Roku 3? Why?

    I would like to build my own, this would allow me to have more customization and choose my own media center OS.

  93. Jeevan Sukumaran
    May 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    it just seems cool and useful.

  94. Sebastian Short
    May 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I would choose the Roku 3, because it's the only one I know!

  95. Boet Waldbjorn
    May 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Been wanting to make one out of a Rasbery pi

  96. Nick Patel
    May 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Can't Wait!

  97. Ivy
    May 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I am looking into getting a roku as we speak! I'm not much of an apple gal, roku looks like more my thing.

  98. Lee Nyok Chau
    May 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Roku 3. Nice and compact

  99. Jerry Johnson
    May 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    The headphone out appeals to me.

  100. Shirley J Washingtoon
    May 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    The Rouk , because of its easy navigation, and the streaming solution that makes the switch to online TV content a whole lot easier I like what you had to say about the Rouk3, I do not use a streaming device and would like to have one.

  101. Pamela Messick
    May 23, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    It would most likely be Roku 3.. I don't really want my TV mostly dedicated to apple

  102. JaneEyre
    May 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I've been using the original Roku and would LOVe to upgrade to the Roku 3. It sounds great.

  103. Arierep Arierep
    May 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

    nice gadget man :D

  104. kovalio787
    May 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Interesting review and great giveaway! :-)

  105. kovalio787
    May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Interesting review and great giveaway! Thanks!

  106. Batzy
    May 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Roku 3 looks so tiny!

  107. Tate
    May 23, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Roku has good reviews, so I think it's a reliable to use

  108. Andrew Rossaak
    May 23, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Currently stream from my server, but would love Roku 3. Does it stream dvd ISO's?

  109. null
    May 23, 2013 at 5:12 am

    HTPC with XBMC is my preference but definitely would not turn down a shiny new Roku 3

  110. Malea Cooper
    May 23, 2013 at 3:20 am

    I would pick the Roku 3 for ease of use. It seems to be very popular on the market, and since I am not very technologically proficient, ease of use is a real plus for me!

  111. Jasmin
    May 23, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I'll go for Roku 3. Your detailed review says it all.

  112. Candice N
    May 23, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I've used both a Roku and a WDTV and the only thing the Roku is missing is access to my local files. The WDTV is missing Amazon.com access and tends to lock up on the other streaming services. So I would say the Roku is my preferred device for apps like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but for local files the WDTV wins. I'd love to see what the Roku 3 has to offer.

  113. Claude
    May 23, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I would pick Roku 3 since I've heard only wonderful comments about Roku in general, Rocku 3 rocks: It has a handy headphone capabilities on the remote- great idea.

  114. Toby Hobbs
    May 23, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I think this would be good for the kids and the wife to use. I'm still hung on the RPi

  115. Paul Oberschlake
    May 23, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Not sure... I would like a service that would also include internet capabilities so that you could access content from TV station web-sites. This would be be great addition, including offering iTunes services...

  116. Carla D.
    May 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I would choose any of them and be happy with any of them. Just recently removed cable from our household. Not worth paying for anymore.

  117. yuda
    May 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I'd go with my Ouya :)

  118. Roderick Chu
    May 23, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Roku 3 - because I have 2 other Roku boxes on other TVs

  119. Linda N
    May 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

    A roku device would be nice. I have heard many good reviews about them.

  120. Catherine M
    May 23, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I wonder if it will work in Canada?

  121. dianek93
    May 23, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I would rather use the Roku than other devices, it just seems to have better reviews and more channels that I am interested in. Sucks that the 3 does not have Youtube support, but I don't spend too much time on Youtube for it to be a big deal for me.

  122. franktan
    May 23, 2013 at 12:28 am

    My first choice would be an Apple TV, and then the Roku.

  123. Doc
    May 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Can't load the giveaway widget. This sucks.

  124. Corbin
    May 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I think the Roku 3 is the best option out there for its price. The Roku provides everything I need and I love the USB option which is provided to allow me to show family home videos on my flash drive or hard drive, which is much less of a hassle than having to play it on my computer.

  125. Shane Hultquist
    May 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I would utilize the Roku as a secondary TV Streaming device as my main TV is a Smart TV but in the bedroom for Netflix...yes please!

  126. WendL
    May 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Roku 3 It has the best content and ease of use

  127. WendL
    May 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Roku 3 has the most content of any streaming media box out there.

  128. eric yacoub
    May 23, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Love these contests just whish I would win

  129. Patty Ball
    May 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    like the size and options of the Roku 3. Love to try it

  130. Nicole
    May 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I already use Roku and I love it. I would definitely choose the Roku 3 because of my current experience with the device.

  131. criszaor001
    May 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Hi. I live in Colombia, South America. Does it work here? or is it exclusive for US/UK/AUS contents?I mean, since payment information can be quite different from one country to the next one, as well as netflix accounts and support, it would be a shame to buy/win one and not be able to use it to a 100%. Thanks

    • Tina Sieber
      May 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      Giveaways are available to users worldwide. We will ship to any winner who can provide a legit address. :)

  132. Ronald Smith
    May 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Good luck on this one folks, I'm not participating though. I have an SDTV and a Roku 2 XS (Roku 3 requires HDMI), plus after having this unit since November 2012, I'm in the middle of whether to love it or hate it. My biggest beef is that it only carries a 90-day warranty, which is absurd for anything that costs as much as this does. The channels are decent, but they're lacking for any media enthusiast. Roku did just do a small update to the GUI, however some issues are still present, such as the USB Media Player being more basic than VLC is on a PC, thus creating frustration a lot of times. The other big issue you'll see is with streaming apps such as Crackle, where movies just won't play (seems to work fine on their website but not the Roku app, Idky) or if they do they will freeze up whenever the ads play (obviously a non-issue if you have a paid account for these streaming services).

    Lastly, if you have Time-Warner or Comcast, using apps like Netflix or Vudu will cause you issues because these companies will throttle your bandwidth unless you can call them up and bust their chops when it happens (this only occurs if you do not subscribe to these ISP's tv service as well, and because they target you for going through an alternative AV media source).

    Overall, these devices are nice, but they are limited in functionality and are very limited where they can be used, as far as I know it's USA only. I've seen no updates on that yet. :/

  133. Amy
    May 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I would like to have a Roku! Sounds like a good deal. :)

  134. johnataylor
    May 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I would gladly have a Roku 3 in my home. Already using the Roku 2XD and love it!

  135. James Barnhill
    May 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I'd say it's my device of choice even if it's just because it has Amazon and Netflix Instant.

  136. Chris
    May 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I can play my vudu movies

  137. Cassio Rocha
    May 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I would probably get a roku 3, it sounds like a good media streamer to me.

  138. Brandon
    May 22, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I would use the Roku to watch Netflix and Hulu.

  139. Andy
    May 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Roku 3 since it's small, power efficient, and massive amounts of content.

  140. James
    May 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I'd consider the Roku 3 for my home media streaming. I haven't really thought about buying a media streamer before I read this article. However, now I'm definitely considering it.

  141. Stefan Yas
    May 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Roku 3, has everything conveniently packaged.

  142. Max
    May 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I don't think it's worth it if you're the kind of person who browses this blog. I'm guessing readers will want something feature-packed, which the roku DOES NOT have.

    Get a google TV box, an android based thing, an Xbox, or a raspberry pi instead. This is my advice.

  143. amy
    May 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    i'd choose the Roku 3.........because I'm a Roku user and will always be. Upgrading very soon (if I don't win that is lol)

  144. Ray M
    May 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I picked the ROKU because it gave me the most bang for the buck.

  145. Saul Arguello
    May 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I'll pick for sure the Roku3 because i already have a Roku XS and it was awesome!!! and i say it WAS because a lighting storm damage mine 2 weeks ago as well as it damage my 6 months old LED TV (both weren't plugged into a surge protection strip, my bad :-$ )

  146. Catherine
    May 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    A neat piece of new tech I wouldn't mind owning.

  147. null
    May 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    yes roku 3- has more features!

  148. Michael Schultz
    May 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I'd do the Roku3. We've got a Roku1 and love it. We cut the cord a couple of months ago, mainly thanks to the Roku. Love the thing.

  149. David Creger
    May 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Cool!

  150. Pete Townill
    May 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    It probably is the Roku 3, especially with it's new interface but for real nerds it can't beat an HTPC or an Android TV Stick.

  151. Dev Uberoi
    May 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 because its simple and best for its class.

  152. Joey
    May 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I would pick the Roku because my sister has it, and the little I have played with it, I do like it. I have several friends who have the Apple TV and almost all of them have had some sort of issue with it.

  153. Mike
    May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    If anyone is thinking of buying Roku 3, here is another review I can recommend if you want to compare the conclusions - http://www.topgadgetreviews.com/roku-3-streaming-player/

  154. Adam Borries
    May 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Roku 3, love the way the apps are laid out.

  155. Lewis Golden
    May 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3. It is cost effective and reliable and fits my needs.

  156. KevinL
    May 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I choose the Roku3 based on features, ease-of-use and price point. Not perfect, but very good!

  157. The Dark Cloud of the Future Looms
    May 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Well, I've been using a Roku 1, Windows Media Center, iTunes, and VLC. I've tried setting up a linux based media center with mixed results. All have their pluses and minuses -- I'd like to try the newer Roku and see how it compares.

  158. Dylan
    May 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Definitely the Roku, this has youtube, games and movie streaming. I haven't seen any other streamers like the Roku.

  159. winkywes
    May 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Which media streamer would you pick for your home? Is it the Roku 3? Why? Because of Plex...best video streamer. Thanks!

  160. Dennis
    May 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I need a media player for my tv Roku 3 seems pretty small and discreet.

  161. Boris Smersh
    May 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I have both an AppleTV and a Roku 2S. Adding a Roku 3 would be a nice upgrade. We use the Roku more than the AppleTV, but neither is perfect.

  162. Skydivertak
    May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I'd like to have the Roku 3 to replace my hardly-used Wii, and play media that I can't through iTunes.

  163. Dimitri de Marneffe
    May 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    would offer far more possibilities in terms of steaming than the XBox 360 that I'm currently using

  164. Beth
    May 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I'd pick the roku. We love the older version.

  165. Jeanne Thelwell
    May 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I had one of the earlier Roku models and it was great. In terms of value for money, I think it is the best choice, and it would always be my first choice.

  166. Fred G
    May 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    It is the Roku as everyone says it works, which i can't say for the others I have used!!!

  167. Huzefa Shakir
    May 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I've never used a media streaming device before, so the Roku 3 is as good as any to me.

  168. Andy Bell
    May 22, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Honestly, I would want the Roku as my primary streaming device because of the robust app ecosystem. In particular, the HBO GO app is one that's hard to find on some other platforms.

  169. Junil Maharjan
    May 22, 2013 at 6:43 am

    have heard great things about roku and its streaming power.

  170. xbalesx
    May 22, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I would use Roku, cool name and I am not all that excited about anything apple. Usually more flexibility comes with non-apple products,

  171. Va Du
    May 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I hear and hear about these things and still have not found a use for them. I already use a TV, computer, 360, and PS3 to watch and stream content so I don't know why I would ever get one if the entry fee is at least $100 for these. Maybe one day.

  172. Vlad Yurkiv
    May 22, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I would get Roku 3 because it can play media content from plex server not to mention other services like netflix and hulu

  173. Arun Sathiya
    May 22, 2013 at 5:34 am

    My uncle in Japan suggested me to go for Roku 3 simply because it is really awesome than the other similar devices. Moreover many awesome stuff like Angry Birds and many more come free with this! I'm gonna love this when I win this contest.

  174. Gcat
    May 22, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Roku 3 because I have an earlier version and like it. Would love to have this since it supports Closed Caption.

  175. Andrea Hamilton
    May 22, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I'd pick the Roku 3 because it would be nice to stream our favorite shows and it is suppose to be faster than the other Rokus. Also, the remote would come in handy to be able to plug in headphones and listen to something while one of us studies for an exam or writes a paper.

  176. Stephen Hugli
    May 22, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Roku 3 of course!! I need one because I want to upgrade to the latest and let my Dad have my Roku 2XS.

  177. ravenclawwit
    May 22, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I definitely like the Roku 3. I have a Roku 2 and it's great. I want the 3 for the headphone in the remote feature.

  178. Aaron
    May 22, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I would use a Roku 3 as my media streamer to upgrade from my Roku 2.

  179. Aaron Myers
    May 22, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I like the google Tv, but it does miss a few features that would make it a better streamer.

  180. Aaron Anderson
    May 22, 2013 at 2:32 am

    The Roku 3 looks pretty cool. My uncle has a Roku and likes it. If I had all the monies, I would make a nice HTPC box for streaming and DVR ability, but for something cheap, I'd use the Roku 3.

  181. Stephanie Evans
    May 22, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I own the Roku 2 and love it. I have a new t.v. in another room and I would like to get a Roku 3.

  182. Matt
    May 22, 2013 at 2:31 am

    The lack of YouTube is definitely a turnoff but Netflix support makes up for it. If I wasn't going to use it, my parents definitely would just for that feature.

  183. BillJude56
    May 22, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I would opt for the Roku 3. Why? Hell if I know. But I might offer to pay Joel Wavrecan for his expertise.

  184. Dylan
    May 22, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I would choose the Roku 3 because of its USB 3 Capabilities. If you have the plex app you can easily browse YOUTUBE! The headphone inside the remote is a cool feature for sure. I have over 3 rokus already, I just need a ROKU 3 to complete my collection!

  185. Arnold Galvin
    May 22, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I would pick the Roku 3 simply because it gives me access to more content then others.

  186. Athena Haegele
    May 22, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I would pick the roku 3 because I would love something for streaming besides Xbox which requires Xbox life.

  187. Jerri Brown
    May 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Definitely a Roku 3! I love my Roku 2's...

  188. Jack Craig
    May 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Looks cool.

  189. Jack Craig
    May 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Looks coo. thanks for the giveaway!

  190. Cameron Jameson
    May 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Which media streamer would you pick for your home? Is it the Roku 3? Why?

    Roku seems like a solid product, I would either pick it or the sony google tv box due to its built in web browser which not all streaming devices offer

  191. JD Northwest
    May 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I love Roku. I've had every version they've released. Can't wait to try this version out.

  192. Ian
    May 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I would choose the Roku 3 because of the USB support and the nifty headphones/remote dealio.

  193. Jesse
    May 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    We love our Roku's. We're building our HTPC around the ability to run Plex so we can "beam" our content to the Roku's throughout the house.

  194. matt
    May 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Roku 3 because I've only heard great things about it.

  195. Vincent
    May 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Roku 3, specifically for the remote headphones and plex app.

  196. Sandra Hurt
    May 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I would put this to use on our t.v. in the office.... we get horrible reception even with the new antenna.

  197. Hans
    May 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I want a Roku - seems to be the best. I bought a Netgear equivalent about a year ago. What a piece of JUNK that was! Avoid it and go with the Roku, or possibly AppleTV.

  198. Ron Miller
    May 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    PS3 with a desktop computer running a program called TVersity, It does everything I need!

  199. Rakesh Das
    May 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I would use a HTPC. No. For the flexibility of a HTPC.

  200. Bryan
    May 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    The Roku 3 looks awesome

  201. David Hughes
    May 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I'm not really sure which streamer I'd like. A free one is always good, so I'll go with the Roku 3! XD

  202. null
    May 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Maybe you compare it with http://www.solid-run.com/.

  203. MarkMessinger
    May 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I already use the Roku, for my streaming solution. But it's an old Roku. But it works great and gets used everyday. Roku is a terrific set-top for streaming. Highly recommended. Why would I want the Roku 3? Mostly for its enhanced search functionality.

  204. Keith W
    May 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Something supporting Xbmc and Plex.

  205. julian
    May 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    i have the roku 1 and i love it. a roku 3 would be a wonderful upgrade.

  206. Anthony
    May 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I will use netflix because it has nice movies.

  207. Zhong J
    May 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    My home doesn't have a TV setup to watch channels, so this probably won't differ much.

  208. Patrick Barden
    May 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I already have and love my Roku 2 and was planning on buying a Roku 3 when I had the money. however winning one would be much cooler.

  209. Todd Swan
    May 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I am very intrigued to try the wireless headphone capabilities. A very useful feature in a small house.

  210. Darren S
    May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Probably Roku because that seems to be the most highly recommended one.

  211. David Commini
    May 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I definitely need this in my home. My family does not pay for cable so getting shows to watch on the TV would be awesome!

  212. Gordon
    May 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I think I would go with a roku 3 because it plays the streaming services I have .

  213. Ishon
    May 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I'm not really sure - the Roku 3 does sound appealing, but I am a fan of the Apple TV. Then again, the newly announced XBox One might very well be the chosen device once released. More details for that would be required of me to make a decision.

  214. Mac
    May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Any streamer that works with PlayOn so that I can transcribe vids from the computer is good to go for me. I have the Roku 2 XS and that works well, but would love the extra speed.

  215. Daniel Koughnett
    May 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I already own an Apple TV box, and I enjoy it, but it's limited by streaming restrictions (file types) and doesn't carry a lot of additional content. I've been considering trying something else

  216. Kim Kihega
    May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Yes, I have a Roku and would love the upgrade!

  217. Tammy Shelton
    May 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Yes, we have a Roku 2 and I'd also like to get a Roku 3!

  218. Doug Ger
    May 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I would give the slight edge to the Roku 3 over the AppleTV because the of all the extra things it can do. I love AirPlay on the AppleTV, but the Roku 3 reportedly has Miracast and, though it hasn't been put into use by the device yet, it's supposed to be in the long-term plans.

  219. Carrie Conley
    May 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Never used a streamer....so I would pick the Roku 3 because I know a little about it...

  220. Sandy Klocinski
    May 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Roku 3 because of the completely revamped interface and the new remote that allows for a private listening mode.

  221. Tio Istivi
    May 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I'm in! It's best for streaming!

  222. Scott M
    May 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Roku 3 for streaming, raspberry pi for hard drive

  223. Oregon Slacker
    May 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Roku 3 is the best out there, so its what I'd choose, just been waiting for a decent price drop. The headphone attachment on the remote is ingenius and I've heard the speed are top notch compared to last gen and competitors such as WDTV players

  224. Andres Rovira
    May 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I haven't seen as much of the Roku as the Apple TV, but I would like pretty much a home entertainment system.

  225. Jack Myers
    May 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I know that some of my geeks have Roku and absolutely love it. I have a BR that is similiar to the Roku device just different apps and less TV channels to choose from, but I'm interested in making a move towards the Roku and hey, why not win the R3...Sounds good to me! Bring it!

  226. Kristopher Hesson
    May 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Of course the Roku 3 is what I would choose. Every review paints it as the best streaming player and everyone wants the best, right?

  227. Kristopher Hesson
    May 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Of course the Roku 3 is what I would choose. Every review paints it as the best streaming player and everyone wants the best, right?

  228. Kristopher Hesson
    May 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Of course the Roku 3 is what I would choose. Every review paints it as the best streaming player and everyone wants the best, right?

  229. Haci C
    May 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I would go with Roku 3 since already have the 1 and 2 series.

  230. Sharon A.
    May 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I have a Roku HD on my one tv, but it would be nice to have it on my other one, too!

  231. Tabatha Bourguignon
    May 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Which media streamer would you pick for your home? Is it the Roku 3? Why? We currently use Netflix through our PS3 and XBox, but I HATE the XBox - we pay on top of paying! I'd love to try the Roku - I've heard a LOT about it. :)

  232. Andreas Niggemann
    May 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Count me in please !! Its AWESOME !!

  233. Victor Ong
    May 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Like the new system!

  234. Via Dolorosa Sapulete
    May 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Roku 3...
    Because it's small but useful

  235. annonymousjon
    May 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I would pick between the Roku 3 and the Vizio Co-Star. Pros and Cons to both, and I would actually like to have both. Roku 3 for its vast selection of channels, Co-Star for its youtube and chrome functionality.

  236. Tiago Rosado
    May 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Which media streamer would you pick for your home? Is it the Roku 3? Why?

    Roku 3

    because i need it...

  237. Mike
    May 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Which one is better, AppleTV or Roku 3 ?

  238. Kercelia Fletcher
    May 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I have become a fan of Roku since I bought the Roku Lite. It really fits the bill since I don't enjoy many of the shows on network TV. I watch Roku much more because of the variety of programs. I would love to win the Roku 3.

  239. null
    May 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I would pick the Roku3 to replace my aging WD player.

  240. Seth
    May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 because my Roku XPS is getting a little long in the tooth.

  241. Mathew Schriner
    May 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    What is the maximum distance recommendation from a 1GB wireless router?

  242. Harshit J
    May 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I would use Roku 3 because it very convenient.

  243. ZZ Tilt
    May 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    If I win this gadget it would certainly be my nr. 1 mediastreamer.

  244. Eric Bassinger
    May 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Roku is nice, but I like to be able to steam from network storage - I currently use xbox - just sucks I have to use windows media center for streaming

  245. Tim Bovey
    May 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    The Roku does what my Apple TV won't

  246. Travis Zepp
    May 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I've never tried a streamer so I should start with the best, the Roku 3!

  247. lsafry
    May 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I would LOVE the roku 3 ! Great device !

  248. Kilgore Trout
    May 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    the Roku 3 is compact, has a nice remote and I could stream content from an external hard drive. So I would definitely by a Roku 3.

  249. Peter Schott
    May 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I like the Roku 3 for a home system - does everything except YouTube and that meets our needs pretty well.

  250. Zsolt J
    May 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    My cousin uses Roku and he is pretty happy with it.

  251. Vic Limbo
    May 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Great features indeed. Even if didn't have a Youtube channel (No other device have). Still a good choice.

  252. null
    May 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    The Roku 3 so that I could get back to streaming on my TV

  253. zerifi
    May 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    If i win; I will pick Roku 3 media streamer for my home; because it seem to be very nice.

  254. Lorraine Clayton
    May 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    all the channels without the monthly bill - awesome

  255. Yong Chen
    May 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Pivos XIOS XBMC Media Player

  256. deadman36g
    May 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    The roku 3 for sure. roku seems to be a really reliable brand for its category. The Apple TV is useless without a jailbreak,

  257. Nick Osdale-Popa
    May 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Roku 3 - because I don't have a media streamer and I've heard great things about Roku.

  258. JonasEikeland
    May 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    After what I've read, I would say Roku 3 is the best streamer. So yes, that would be my choice

  259. fulltext
    May 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I would like the Roku 3 for family use so that they wouldn't have to use a computer interface

  260. PeterCzarnezki
    May 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Roku3 because I love my Roku2

  261. Sean Heckaman
    May 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 because my smart TV is dumb when it comes to Amazon Video.

  262. Andrew N
    May 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Roku 3, because currently have roku LT and love it

  263. Shane
    May 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I have the Roku 2 and would love to upgrade to the 3.

  264. NotoriousZeus
    May 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Apple TV.

  265. morris
    May 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    roku 3 because its simple and just works

  266. Sue Barrett
    May 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 because I like what the new interface

  267. Andrew Reinman
    May 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I currently use my PS3, but it would be nice to have a device dedicated to only streaming.

  268. Christopher Cheney
    May 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I currently have a Sony smp-n100 I like it but it's slow and lacking fun features.

  269. Grr
    May 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Which media streamer would you pick for your home? Is it the Roku 3? Why?

    Roku 3 caz MUO recommends it.

  270. Charles Mills
    May 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    My pc is best so far. I would like a dedicated streaming box though.

  271. Mark
    May 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I've been useing WDTV products for a while only had few problems with video format
    Wouldn't mind trying this one out see which is better in my own way since I use my WDTV few hrs a day lol

  272. Rashelle Puno
    May 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Roku 3 of course... i guess it would be useful even though I haven't tried this yet...

  273. Ryan Grassfield
    May 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 I have had such success with the regular Roku!

  274. Charlotte Greer
    May 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I already have one Roku and I love it. Had my cable turned off. Watch what I want when I want. What could be better.

  275. Richard Lloyd
    May 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Since I have not had a chance to research/review any media streamers aside from Roku I am opted to lean towards Roku based on the functionality and form factor of this device. I believe most entertainment still belongs on the TV.

    Ultimately I would really like this device since I no means to build my own similar device or will be able to replace my ancient TV with a new SmartTV. Added bonus is my wife and I would in turn review the device on her blog to share with others.

  276. Geoff Heys
    May 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    We already have an Apple TV but also would like a Roku 3 because of the Plex app that can be installed on it (for the media we have stored locally that the Apple TV won't play).

  277. James Graham
    May 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Well...much better than my 5 year old HP laptop sitting at the bottom of the TV cabinet!

  278. Ryan Swedine
    May 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I would choose a HTPC (probably a NUC or similar), because no matter how "functional" these media streamers become, they will never compare to a full function PC. But, the Roku 3 seems nice... :-P

  279. Ralph
    May 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I would pick ROKU 3 as a media streamer b/c it's simplicity.

  280. Sri Vastav Reddy
    May 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    well it's a fantastic streaming solution.
    and i really wish for a youtube channel options...
    But hay..it's a fascinating piece of technology. :)

  281. KT
    May 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Never had one, would like to try it!

  282. ellory
    May 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I would pick Roku because of its feature set

  283. Craig Binder
    May 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I prefer a good 'ol XBMC setup.

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      May 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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  284. Antonio Iacobone
    May 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 as media streamer because it has an embedded Wifi antenna, not only the ethernet port...and it's small and portable..and with a remote! It's a very good solution!

  285. Sarabjeet Singh
    May 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    i wanna try a streamer...

  286. David Ernst
    May 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I guess a ROku, not really sure, have not tried any

  287. Tim Britton
    May 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I would like Roku or Apple TV to stream. Both have advantages.

  288. Rene Gatdula
    May 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Of course I have to choose Roku 3 because I'm joining this contest..

  289. Ben Wilson
    May 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    One of my friends has a Roku - I think a Roku 2 HD - and I love the little device. I'm the kind of guy who'd rather just stay entertained through my PC, rather than satellite or cable TV, but something like Roku 3 is great for when the roommates, or guests want to do something.

  290. Steve Costello
    May 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Can you access the internet on your TV with this?

    • tim
      May 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      no

  291. Andre Sinclair
    May 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    yes i would i like how small it is it well be easy for me to cary around with me.

  292. thu ya
    May 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    How to enter the giveaway ?Please

  293. Jill Jacoby
    May 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I would pick the Roku 3 because I like what you have to say about it. I don't have an apple ecosystem and I am not worried about not getting you tube on it,

  294. Grant
    May 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Like other commenters, I was dying to know more about it's local streaming capabilities. I would wager a hefty amount that most of the M.U.O. readers already have one or more devices capable of streaming online media. I'm not a huge techy, and I think I have 4.

    For example, does the Roku 3 see network shares? Can it see iTunes or WMP libraries? Can it stream HD movies off of USB memory or SD memory?

  295. Bjørnar Berntsen
    May 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    currently streaming from a mediacenter but would love the get the roku 3

  296. mikesmusingblog
    May 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I have two Rokus now: XD and Roku 2 XS. My favorite is the Roku 2 XS since I can connect it directly to my home internet system by ethernet cable for faster speeds than wifi can provide. I also like the ability to plug in a USB device.

  297. Kamran Hassan
    May 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I'd say the Roku 3 fosho. Mainly due to the easy of use and great app selection.

  298. Robert Ragland
    May 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I would buy an XBMC enabled streamer...it has versatility and upgradability.

  299. Elia Elias
    May 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I would take the western digital live as a media streamer, or the asus cube cause I can hook up any size of HDD and enjoy my movies as well as stream them

  300. Joel Wavrecan
    May 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Roku, I believe that I can (hack) it and make it even better than it is; hardware and firmware wise. :)

  301. Gavin Britton
    May 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Xbmc all the way with an Ubuntu storage pc...bliss.

  302. Harish Anim
    May 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    it is the roku 3 because ive never used a streamer before and ive seen many reviews about the roku 3 and im quite fascinated

  303. Ryan Campbell
    May 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I have heard very good things about the Roku devices...the Roku 3 shouldn't be an exception.

  304. PatrickStephens
    May 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Does the Roku 3 stream content from an external hard drive? From network storage? If yes then I'd say it'd be my choice. Currently my choice is the Raspberry Pi.

    • Tim
      May 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      it can from a plex app

    • Joy Patton
      May 30, 2013 at 1:20 am

      I am about to retire & I would be very pleased to be able to cancel that cable bill. I take it I can view most TV channels on this Roku 3 gadget?

    • Tim
      May 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      you can use Twonky Beam and beam YouTube to the Roku

    • sheala
      May 22, 2013 at 12:46 am

      You can stream from a hard drive onto Roku, using the Plex App. works great.

    • Rick Johnson
      May 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

      If you use the plex app or you can use the playon app with their MyMedia Channel. So you have a couple of options.

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