Free Giveaway: Win A NETGEAR Roku Player

Netgear Thanks to the folks at NETGEAR, I have five Roku NTV250 players to give away to some lucky readers of my blog. The Roku platform supports content from Netflix, MLB and Amazon On Demand amongst others, with support for Hulu Plus and the NHL coming soon. To enter the drawing, all you have to do is leave one comment on this post and make sure you submit the comment with a valid email address. The drawing is open to anyone with a mailing address in the U.S. and I will select one winner at random on November 22nd December 3rd. I’ll then give away the other four in further drawings each week. Good luck!

Here’s my review of the Apple TV and how it stacks up to the new Roku’s: Apple TV and Roku Go Head-To-Head, Here’s The Winner

  • Dan Swiney

    It can have pride of place next to my AppleTV with airplay 😉

  • I always read your blog posts, but never actually commented on them. 🙂
    This definitely is a great incentive. Fingers crossed.

  • Jessica C.

    Awesome giveaway, Roku is very fun and easy to use, I’d love to win!

  • Mike Kaltschnee

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging. BOV is a must-read.

  • charles slocum

    great device.

  • Chris S.

    Would love to get my hands on a Roku!

  • nk

    Love my original Roku, but am itching to get the latest model. We cut the cord over a year and a half ago and have never looked back!

  • Hope I get lucky here

  • Paul

    I would love to try the roku. I have read positive reviews and would like to downgrade my cable package.

  • Jim

    Cool! I already own a WD Live TV and a PS3, but there is still room for a Roku in my TV stand!

  • Chris K


  • Axe P

    I have always followed your blog & do participate a lot too 🙂 nice to see this initiative

  • Gaurav

    nice Roku box to give away! Now this could help me lose those pesky wires..

  • shala_darkstone

    This would make such a great Christmas gift! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Planning to move to US..
    I really want to say “thanks Dan”, you’re always with this industry in mind and always developing a common base of knowledge, even advanced concepts, and more important addressing 24×7 peoples Q and comments.
    Hope to be the lucky one 😉

  • rick

    I’d love to replace my old Roku with a shiny new one and move the old one to the other TV.

  • Clay Mateer

    Roku is great and your blog is great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • jon

    Got to have one of those!

  • Joel

    Keep up the great work Dan.

  • Paul

    Great job Dan, keep it up

  • Eldon Edwards

    Have a great week.
    Eldon Edwards

  • Brian Hammond

    I’d love one of these for the home office. Love the site and keep up the great work.

  • Larry

    Read your blog everyday. Thanks for the insightful information!

  • Great giveaway….. would love to test one out.

  • Caroline Dunn

    I feel lucky today!

  • Bob S

    Roku, roku, roku!

  • Dan gets all the awesome hookups!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Doug Hilmes

    My old original Roku HD Player took a back seat to my LG Blu-ray streaming media player. Would like to try the latest and greatest from Roku. By the way, what is the latest on their App Store? It would be great to see an comparison of the SDK’s for the various streaming devices and a discussion on app distribution models that each vendor is pursuing. Thanks!

  • I’ve been following your blog very closely for the last year Dan, and love the unique information that you provide over the other online video writers. Keep up the great work, and cheers to the next four years!

  • Monty

    Must. Have. Roku.

  • Would love to try one of these out.

  • Tom Streeter

    Considering that I won my current Roku box at Streaming West a couple of years ago, it’s not too likely that I’ll win this, but what the heck?

  • Ashley K

    great giveaway!

  • JTS193

    ROKU has a great future. I’d love to win one! Thanks

  • Caroline K

    I’ve learned so much from reading your posts.

  • Love your daily insight! Looking forward to more giveaways in this exciting space.

  • Paul

    My cord-cutting scissors are ready, Dan!

  • Lefty

    Excellent Blog, awesome giveaway!!!

  • I like free stuff.

  • Would love to give one a try!

  • Jason Thibeault

    Sounds like a plan!

  • Reza Sadjadpour

    Ooh, ooh, ooh. Pick me, pick me, pick me.

  • This is awesome! I have been wanting to get a Roku for myself after buying one for my parents.

  • Luck be a lady tonight!

  • Michele

    Nice to have free stuff.
    I always read the column! Thanks for your interesting takes.

  • AJ

    Roku makes great products…

  • Would love to win, this is a great blog!

  • meeyeehere aka Rachel Crisman

    WOAH!!!!!!!! My husband really wants one of these.I am electronicly slow but he loves all these gadgets and doo hickeys! Please count me in. I got my fingers crossed sooooo tight
    Thank you!

  • SP

    Thanks for the early holiday gift!!

  • Alex Calic

    Would love to try out an OTT box to see how it changes my content consumption habits. Thanks for the giveaways!

  • Jagadish

    I read your blog religiously…….

  • Roku rocks!

  • Jarrod Schwartz

    I’m not ready to cut the cord completely, but would love to try out this Roku box.

  • Marcy

    Indeed, great incentive. This would be so welcome in our house. Here’s to hoping …

  • Mike Farkas

    waiting to read your review.

  • GLC

    Hey Dan, I’m in…come on triple cherries! You da man, Dan.

  • MrBiG

    It would make a lovely addition to my entertainment center! 🙂

  • Jack Goodman

    I’ve been using a friend’s Roku all weekend. I want one bad. They are great little machines and with Hulu Plus on the way is a much better model for in-home entertainment.

  • Jason

    Would love to try the new player! Crossing old A/V cables in hopes of winning….

  • Ken Barber

    Great blog, makes me feel in touch with the big picture!

  • Pablo

    Thank you!

  • Dan

    This would be a nice early xmas present.

  • Mark G

    My brother has an Apple TV, and I would love to show him up with the Roku!

  • Love to explore the idea of cord cutting. . .

  • I’m another cord cutter who would like to take the new Roku for a spin. Congrats on your blogging birthday!

  • Mike

    Great giveaway. Cut cable recently…would love to have some viewing options.

  • Saran

    I feel lucky today!

  • Adam

    Comment for comment’s sake

  • Josh Baer

    Thanks Dan!

  • Oscar

    Thanks for the giveaway, I would live to win (:

  • Travis H

    I can’t wait for Roku to start broadcasting Hulu Plus!! and would be very excited to win one.

  • Todd

    Roku baby!

  • idan

    keep it up

  • I’m trying to justify a roku, but my samsung ln40c650 TV does most of a roku’s jobs already.
    I like this blog; when it appears in bold in google reader (ie. new posts), it’s one of the first I read.

  • im in it for the netflix. i do hope netflix and hulu merge and proceed to take over the world!

  • Michael Fiumano

    I’d love to win and try one of these one day 🙂

  • Andrew Goldberg

    Really appreciate the insight you provide on the streaming industry. Truly a voice of reason.

  • Bency Philip

    There is a lot of information on the internet and its easy for any one to get lost in it. It’s people like you who do all the hard work so that readers like me get to read compiled, compared blogs. Keep up the great work Dan.
    Let the price go to the deserved.

  • Have been reading for several years now…keep up the good work!

  • Brant Wilcox

    Great blog for a very interesting industry!

  • Alan Tong

    Thanks, Dan! I came across your blog while researching Level 3 Communications as a possible investment. I’ve found that your blog posts are well-written and very easy to read and quite informative.

  • James Wrubel

    As always this blog is a fantastic source of information, and occasional giveaways!

  • Rick Kearns

    Great that you are doing this and appreciate you insights.

  • Matt Larson

    Thanks for the articles and the giveaways! Free info and free stuff!

  • Srinivas Jayanthi

    Nice giveaway

  • oferva

    Great blog, keep on the good work!

  • James Richardson


  • Anthony

    Fingers crossed

  • Huei

    Pick me please!

  • Mark G

    My brother has an Apple TV, and I would love to show him up with a new Roku!

  • Sam Dam

    NETGEAR Roku Media Player by far is the best media player out in the market. The specs and features available are much better than Apple TV and/or WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player. I love it. All I could say is “Keep it coming NETGEAR”.
    Sam D.

  • Matt

    Would love a Roku box.

  • Leaf Ye

    Thanks Dan, for the long time, your blog is my window to the CDN Business in the world, it gives me a lot on my current job. Best wishes and continue the effort!

  • Laureli

    I came looking for Roku/Apple reviews and apparently this is a good time to do so.

  • Paul

    Congratulations on 4 years of blogging …

  • Gabriel

    Very interesting blog Dan!
    Hope I get one of these Rokus…

  • Nice . . . thanks for the oppertunity . . . often read . . . have never commented before . . .thanks!
    Mike –

  • Matt

    Great site.

  • Peter

    It’s my birthday tomorrow – Here’s to hoping I win a Roku!

  • Love to have one!!!

  • One comment. Was that good enough 🙂

  • here yea….send it my way!!!!

  • TJ Kudalis

    I’d love one of the new Rokus. Thanks!

  • Thanks Dan for your all your help. Your site is a wealth of information.

  • Matt Clapp

    Thanks for the great blog Dan! Would love to win! 🙂

  • Brendan Coots

    Love the blog, and giveaways are always great too!

  • R. S.

    fingers crossed:-X

  • Dan, thanks for the shoot out.

  • Eric

    Never considered a Roku before but would be honored to put it to use.

  • Sriram

    great deal for a good read!

  • Goodbye directv hello roku!

  • regina

    rlpitts at gmail dot com
    entering the contest!

  • I feel the Roku Box streaming to me.. 😉

  • Jonathan Youngson

    Have been lurking on your blog for quite awhile but this is my 1st post. Would love to have this box. I wanted one for Christmas but money is just to tight right now to spend the money on a luxury. This would be perfect. Either way, love the blog. Keep up the good work.

  • Brian Smith

    Yes please!

  • proud twitter follower

  • copo24

    I’m feeling lucky.

  • I’d prefer a Boxee Box, but I will definitely take a free Roku device if I win. 🙂

  • Pablo

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  • Pablo

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  • Sam


  • Heather

    Just what I want to see under my Xmas tree!

  • Joel Nelson

    Sweet! Would love to try one of these out.

  • ilker

    A Roku woow!

  • Content Developer


  • Brendan Ambrose

    Keep up the good work!

  • Brendan Ambrose

    Keep up the good work!

  • Joey

    My portfolio thanks you for all the juicy gossip. Maybe I won’t have to cash/decimate any of it for Xmas gifts this year 😉

  • erik

    Big money, big money, big money!!!

  • Go Boxee go!

  • Oh, wait… I meant Roku!

  • Morten Aagaard

    Just entering the streaming industry from the ERP industry. Your blog has already taught my so much valuable information.

  • Joe


  • Jessica

    Cool! Thanks!

  • Thanks for the blog, SMW, OVPS, and now this.

  • RonH

    Love my Roku! And my Macs.

  • Sara

    Thanks for the industry insight Dan – and for the drawings for really cool streaming technology!

  • Michael Fiumano

    Hook me up Dan!

  • Adam

    I’ve always wanted a Roku device, ever since they had that tube shaped one for MP3 streaming!

  • I can pick up the box right to manhatan 😉

  • That would be a great Christmas for me!!!! LOL

  • T. Chang

    Great giveaway. Hope I can still make the drawing.

  • Eldon Edwards

    I appreciate you offering this offer.
    Eldon Edwards

  • Bob

    Hit me!

  • Rose Clark

    The Roku XD is extremely easy and has a lot of good free viewing! Love it!

  • JTS193

    Thanks, Dan. Look forward to your updates every day!

  • Hans

    As always, love the informative nature of the blog as it keeps me up to speed on CDN landscape.

  • CoolJoeBlo

    Feeling lucky!

  • James

    I can always use another Roku player.

  • James Barre

    I am using a WDTV and I always wanted to test the Boxee UI for myself, I hope I can soon!

  • I am on the hunt for a digital streaming TV device. That’s how I found your blog and appreciate the review that you did between the Roku and Apple TV. I intend to mine your blog further for more advice. And, yes, I’d love to win one too.

  • JD Seattle

    Love the Roku XD. Great interface. Easy to use.

  • Tom

    Have one but could use another one

  • Israel Sushman

    Don’t have my home video system setup yet, but this woud be be a great incentive to start working on it.

  • Scott Heinlein

    I hope to be the lucky one, would be a great addition to the household!

  • R. S.

    fingers crossed:-X

  • Matt

    Hi Dan — thanks again for the demo last night.

  • Scott Heinlein

    I’d love to have one!

  • Tom Weber

    Would be interested in a Roku for home because I can get through my Netflix queue faster than waiting for the USPS.

  • Hi,
    Is this giveaway still going on? I hope so. Count me in I cut off cable tv to save some funds so this would be great to have.
    reannenny at

  • Jeff Baron

    cutting the cord on the cable company. This Roku box looks sweet!

  • After reading the comparison of the Netgear ROKU to the Apple TV, I think they are both awesome inventions. I don’t have either and have just yesterday even heard of them. Searching for a way to get Netflix on my TV without having to make a large purchase; and getting my money worth. Of course FREE beats all. This sounds like something I could use in my classroom also; instead of hauling a DVD player and a stack of movies to and from home on the days the students have movie and popcorn evening. Thank you for caring enough to be generous in your giving.

  • Kevin Willis

    I hope I’m not too late too have a chance.

  • Kevin Willis

    I hope I’m not too late for a chance.

  • I really could use one of these!

  • Eric

    Great blog. Very interested in the Roku

  • Marc

    Thanks Dan, I’m so glad that you have researched these units and have given a complete comparison. I currently own the WD HDTV Live unit, but it did not come with netflix. It is a shame that they don’t upgrade these units with firmware to enable upgraded media content. I can play YouTube, so you would think they could upgrade the firmware to allow Netflix and other stuff. I am still not sure which unit that I would purchase and am partial to the Apple, especially since they are making changes via iOS software upgrades instead of making you buy a new unit every 6 months or so like the WD products.

  • derry

    sign me up

  • I stumbled upon your post in comparing the major set-top boxes across the board – pretty informative. You mentioned that it was a cursory overview of a presentation you gave. Do you happen to have a copy of that presentation available for viewing online? I’d love to find out more.

  • Stan Tuttle

    I was amazed at this Roku device send the internet streaming to your TV. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

  • nice promo!

  • i hope i will be lucky and bring home one

  • i want roku free 😉

  • Shawn Oakley

    Well gee, hope I win. Seriously studying the boxes: at present Roku vs. Boxee Box. Roku sounds easy and easy is good. Boxee might bring some unusual stuff to my screen though, such as ability to access different and unusual sources (I like international news, for example). And it might play .m2ts files my wife’s camera produces. Anyways,…

  • Srdjan Parezanovic

    roku rocks

  • Petty4317

    Great blog love the reviews!

  • jdh4567

    Crossing my fingers!

  • jay eichler



    Netgear has come a long way since they first startedout……….

  • Anthony Petroff

    ….is this drawing current ? The article is dated 11/15/2010; the NTV250 was discontinued and replaced with the
    Roku 2 XD.

  • marvijb

    I WANT ONE !!!


  • Bob

    Thanks for the great article explaining the pros and cons of each streaming player. Now I would love to have one!

  • Grivet Burton

    it’s sound to good to be true,things like this don’t happen all the time u get something for nothing!!! with that said,it give me a different out look on life.we get so caught up in life that we forget that people still cares.If i won I would appreciate it so much,but if i don’t congratulation to the winner!!! I think what your doing is priceless.U don’t know what people are going throw,putting a smile on someone’s face tell what kind of person u are!!! I wish u nonstop success in every thing u do.

    P.S Thank you!!!

  • char johnson