Stream all your favorite channels with Roku 3 streaming player. Those who have been fans of the previous Roku models, including Roku HD and Roku 2XD know how feature built they are. Well, the Roku 3 adds further to that. And I would say it adds very valuable features. The feature I love the most is the headphone jack on the remote itself, which when I come to think of it, why haven’t I seen that more often…!?
The remote has motion control for games as well, similar to Nintendo Wii. The Roku 3 box itself comes with a dual-band wireless, Ethernet port and a USB. And last but not least, an excellent new interface and faster processor which makes it feel quicker and more responsive than any other streaming box I have tested.
All those features are great additions to an already good system. And the best thing about the new features, the price hasn’t been raised through the roof. The Roku 3 streaming player is still the affordable little device the previous models were, priced at only $99. Almost a bargain for the features you get, in my opinion.
For those who are not familiar with the previous devices, the Roku 3 streaming player is a fully functional online streaming box. You just hooked it up to the World Wide Web (and your TV or display through HDMI) and you can instantly start to watch the TV channels you want (or are available in your area/country). Roku doesn’t charge any monthly fee but some channels need you to subscribe and pay a small fee each month, like Netflix for example. There are more than 750 channels available, most of them free. It also has cross-platform search that scours several major TV and movie services to find even more content.
There’s still no official YouTube channel and some services have a little bit outdated interface compared to other streamers. If you are looking to stream your own collection of digital media then maybe this device is not for you. Although it has a USB port, offers support for Plex media server and has a SD card slot for storing additional games or channels. It only supports these digital media formats; MP4 (H.264), MKV (H.264), AAC, MP3, JPG, and PNG, which could be a show-stopper for some.
Personally I love the headphone jack in the remote control. It’s a no brainer, it’s so brilliant. If you have an Android or iPhone you can also use those to control the box remotely. There are official apps available for both OS. And apart from all this I didn’t even mention that it’s also a fully featured music player, of course. All these system nowadays seems to offer very good music playing interface. You can listen to music from the likes of Pandora and Spotify, and if you have an Amazon Cloud Player account, you can also listen to your own music through there.
The Roku 3 is the best streaming video box available now. It’s fast, easy to use, has a great remote and offers tons of content sources.
Oh, and by the way, it’s 1080p full HD 😉
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