Free Giveaway: Win A New Roku 3 Player!

roku3[The drawing is now over] Earlier today I reviewed the new Roku 3 streaming player in an article entitled “Roku Announces New Roku 3 Player And New User Interface. To go with the review, I am giving away one Roku 3 device to a lucky reader of my blog. 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 the winner will be selected at random later this month. Good luck! Congrats to Karen Hatfield from Los Angeles, CA who won the drawing.

  • Stan Adams

    The Roku 3 sounds interesting Dan! I wonder if the dual band support will help the issue I saw with the original.

  • Federico Carbonell

    I wouldn’t mind winning a Roku 3. Good luck to me.

  • 3 is my lucky number! Thanks for the review Dan!

  • Shane Munroe

    Thanks. Would love to get a Roku 3.

  • Hey man thanks! Have owned a Roku XDS, currently own a Roku 2 XS, would be cool to win a Roku 3!

  • Kurt

    A headphone jack on the remote control is a killer feature.

  • Anthony

    This would be awesome…

  • Me!

  • d_glynn

    Dual-core and more RAM? This may be a worthy upgrade!

  • love my roku becusse it give me other wayyo watch shows on tv and sports cheeper im austic and great way for me to watch tv since cant site out side with out getting picked on

  • Roku is fast becoming the all in one entertainment box

  • drew

    What will I do w
    My Boxee?

  • I came very close to buying a Roku 3 on reflex today, but I’ll wait until at least tomorrow when I might be able to get it from Amazon with Prime shipping and have it on Friday :D.

  • Jeffrok

    Nice article, Dan!

  • TheLastDave

    I already own a Roku 2XS and Roku LT. Looking forward to the new user interface.

  • Chuck Surdi

    I would love to have a Roku 3. I have ditched the dish and am ready to hit the wild frontiere of Over-the-air HDTV, Help me Roku 3, you could be my salvation and make me look good in front of my gorgeous wife. I owe you 1+2+3+4+5. Help out an oldTechie geek from the 70s.

  • cb2002

    Looking forward to the next gen Roku.

  • Dan

    Ooh, yes please!

  • You gotta love Roku. They keep improving their devices.

  • This announcement of Roku 3 truly excites me! I love the new look of the box, the interface, and all the new goodies! Good luck to everyone who enters on winning!

  • Bart

    I like the headphone jack built into the feature .
    can’t wait to own one.

  • Ryan Leisinger

    Roku 3 please. I am excited to see the new UI.

  • PatrickStephens

    I would love one of these. I could add one to my other TV without the Raspberry Pi.

  • buddy

    was looking at the roku boxes and found your blog and am glad I did because I did not know about the roku 3. It looks like just what I need to get rid of 25′ hdmi cable

  • Jaylen

    I came to this blog to read a review of the Roku 2 but a giveaway is even better i am really interested in seeing how this device works. Thank You!

  • harris

    Roku 3!

  • Adam

    Time for Apple to step up their game! Until then, Roku 3!

  • Various Artists

    >The Xbox 360 has all of these channels, plus ESPN, but costs twice what the Roku does and is really targeting a different market and type of user.

    Note also that the Xbox also requires a monthly fee to access this online content, independent from any fee associated with the content itself.

  • DocLee

    If you happen to have a Roku 2 around, can you test to see if the Roku 3 new remote works with the Roku 2 device? With audio as well. That’s what I’m most interested in. Thanks.

  • pjoshua5000

    Look very Interesting…
    I wonder if Roku increase the buffer size?

  • Been really wanting to get a Roku for a couple of years.

  • The Fizz

    It’s been interesting to see how the big 3 have evolved and grown over the years: Roku, Apple TV, Boxee. Seems to me Roku is leading the pack — releasing their SDK for developers to build custom channels was the winning move; it was a bit of an inflection point for them, and precisely when Boxee really started to fall behind.

  • stewrt

    I’d love to have a Roku to experience all the channels I hear it has access to.

  • Marcelo Cabral

    As a Roku channel developer would be nice to try this one πŸ™‚

  • Gordan Redzic

    Would be nice to win one despite the lack of new local playback options

  • Michael

    As a fairly new Roku user (2 months now), I will be excited to get the software upgrade on my Roku 2 XS when it becomes available.

  • Patrick

    I am ready to cut U-verse and go Roku only

  • Morac

    I had just recently bought the now discontinue Roku 2 XS.

  • I am thinking about cutting the cord with an AppleTV and a Roku — and a rooftop antenna. Just need a cheap dvr to complete the trifecta. Thanks for running this contest.

  • I have a PBO and have always wished I had tried the Roku first. Thanks for the chance

  • Benjamin Tseng

    Would love to win one!

  • Benjamin Metzler

    I like the new interface and I’d love to get one. I’d like to know if the channel interfaces (Netflix, Amazon, etc.) are also updated. That was always the part that kept me from getting a Roku.

  • mike

    I am currently using a Roku2 and would love to upgrade to a brand new model.

  • Dave

    I currently have a Roku 1 two LT’s and an HD — a Roku 3 would complete my collection (until the 4’s come out any ways πŸ™‚ )

  • Rich

    I need to replace my aging Roku with a Roku 3 – my Roku 2 works just fine and I’m tired of making excuses for the old one.

  • Still rocking a first gen Roku box in the house. Have been loving the Roku boxes from day one.

  • Richard Killingsworth

    Really need an upgrade. My Roku 1 is about to kick the bucket. Please pick me. Thanks.

  • viruz

    I have a wdtv live but will give roku 3 a chance to play my mkv files.

  • Jim

    Dan, excellent review that picks up where Walt Mossberg’s WSJ review of R3 leaves off.

  • Satish

    Interesting that Roku keeps innovating and we might see others catching up. Key is to have airplay like features on Roku for videos from smart phones. Apple also needs to come thing ground breaking else they might keep lagging behind in the game.

  • Tyler

    Who doesn’t love winning a free gadget?

  • Great article comparing the Apple TV and the Roku. In our home we have both. We have the Roku in our bedroom and the Apple TV in our living room. Apple TV is great for AirPlay and iTunes library content (mostly our own ripped kid DVDs – thanks Handbrake!) , the Roku dominates the Netflix usage. I’d say 90%+ of Netflix is via the old 1st gen Roku we have. Hope I win this one!

  • mwjii

    Wow,nice article and thanks for giving us a chance to win a new roku 3.

  • nimbot24

    Thanks for the words of wisdom!

  • I didn’t realize the Roku 2s were using such an old chipset. I only upgraded to the 2 a few months back (after getting the my earlier Roku a couple of months before the 2s came out).

  • Alex Karol

    Thank you so much for the opportunity. I have been an avid Roku user in the past until my 2 XS broke out of warranty. I haven’t had the funds to replace one yet (baby on the way). This is meant to be! πŸ™‚

  • Steephill

    I’ve been wanting to pick one up, mostly for Netflix viewing. Just haven’t got around to it yet.

  • waynedunham

    I’d love to win an new Roku 3, thanks for the opportunity!

  • got2012

    I have a Roku XDS. I wonder if they will be upgrading the interface on that as well.

  • lon van wyck

    would love to have a new Roku. thanks

  • Donald Kichline

    I have been using Roku since they first released their product to watch only Netflix on my TV. I still have that first box and it is working great.

  • Albert H

    I wish I had gotten the Roku 3… but here’s my chance now!

  • Dan Garcia

    New Roku, FINALLY!!!! Hope I win!

  • Kara H

    Loved the review! I’ve been trying to decide which device is right for me as a streaming player virgin and although I’m partial to Apple devices generally, the sheer amount of content available on the new Roku can’t be beat!(Esp HBOgo)

  • Roku 3 looks awesome! I can’t wait to get one!

  • As someone who has been reading this for some time now I would love to score a Roku as this week I begin the process of cutting the cord. The PS# is too much for the wife to handle. The Roku seems right up her alley.

  • Concord

    I’m disappointed that there isn’t additional codecs, etc as a DLNA client. It will be interesting on how well this works with Plex though!

  • Thanks for the review!

  • This would be an awesome first OTT device to have :o)

  • Tim Connell


  • Patrick

    I’m really digging the new headphones/remote feature. Very smart.

  • Steve

    Looks like a good review. Waiting for ROKU to give existing customers uograde offers.

  • TVOCGal

    Thanks for the review!

  • Nice review. I am looking forward to owning a Roku 3 (hopefully for free)

  • phrankerCO

    Great article. I have AppleTV2 with XBMC, but I have been curious to try the Roku.

  • Nice article

  • Mike F.

    Nice Looking update!

  • Jeff

    Until Apple TV opens up to third-party apps, I’m sticking with Roku.

  • Brian Boudreau

    Thank you for the great review. I just heard about the roku 3 and am in the market for one. Can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks again.

  • Miykael

    Thanks for the review!

  • RAF3838

    Review was quite helpful. If I have direct tv, can I use either Apple tv or roku? Please advise. RAF3838

  • Awesome review. Can’t wait.

  • brandon foster

    Really liking the new UI, so I could finally get rid of my original Roku.

  • Jubin HΓΆrnblowΓ©r

    Thanks for specifics about the updated chip.

  • Thanks for the review and a chance to win something.

  • PStirK

    Just can’t decide which one to get! Thanks for the review!

  • JeffCrown

    The new remote listening feature should be great for late-night TV!

  • Sam

    I wanted to learn the differences between a Roku and Apple TV, found your review, and found it extremely helpful. Thanks so much!

  • Nice will be my next Roku player

  • wizwor

    I guess this update was mostly due to a shortage of the old chips πŸ˜‰ Not much there for people who have a Roku. I suspect a lot will stick with the Roku 2 XS which also sports composite out. But, hey — send me one anyway!

  • Tantien

    Always been a fan of Roku and will continue to be. Thanks for the information Dan and the comparisons between it and Apple TV. Very much appreciated!

  • destructo

    I’m eager to see what the new processor will do for the Roku.

  • svsamec

    I just wonder if the A9 chip will allow YouTube channel then what other channels will be added.

  • Chris Unsicker

    My families biggest complaints w/our Roku 2 XS has been the lack of YouTube and the sluggish interface. Looks like this takes care of one of those! We’ve tried Plex and VideoBuzz, but those just don’t cut it. Miracast support might help.

  • I could use one now that my PS3 is in the shop.

  • Susan

    Well I think I’ve at last found what is needed to entertain all my young grandkids who visit…and lament that grandmama is too poor to afford cable TV. Roku 3, used with my very high speed internet, will solve the problem of how to entertain them all ! I do hope that I can win a Roku 3 in the give-a-way, lol, as can’t afford to buy one of those either! From

  • JLebowitz

    Can hardly wait to try the Roku 3. I have the old Roku LT and love it, but am looking for another box for another TV… This might do the trick!

  • JLebowitz

    Am in the market for a new box for a second TV. This one might just be the one

  • Aliby

    Roku rocks. Amazon and Plex makes it a winning device.

  • Andrew

    Would love to try a Roku 3 after recently cutting the cord.

  • xboxdetective28

    plex, games, kids not bothering you with the headphones on. parents dream. enough said

  • Mel

    Wow, the Roku 3 looks like a real nice, sleek device!

  • Shannon

    Really curious about this device, it’s be GREAT to win it!

  • Neil

    Interested in testing this vs the Apple TV

  • i’d love to win.

  • songkran

    I’m excited about the new A9 chip– I hope it makes it snappier and stops the freezing issues I’ve had with an older Roku. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jason Chisler

    Roku 3 please πŸ™‚

  • James

    Would love to win.

  • Aaron

    I’ve never had a Roku but have wanted one a long time. I think the giveaway is a great way to boost excitement about the new device, and from looking over the comments below, it looks like a very popular one. I hope I win!

  • Hope i win!

  • brit

    I have been debating getting a roku box for a while, and I would love to win one!! annnnnd i never win ANYTHING. it would be a great birthday present!

  • imon

    Crossing fingers

  • Tamara

    We’ve been thinking about getting a Roku, but haven’t had the extra money to splurge. Thanks for offering this prize!

  • Alex

    Found my way here via, but I think I’ll be sticking around. Thanks for your reviews!

  • Jay

    I think the choice is between the Co-star and the Roku.

  • Stephen Tanner

    Hopefully that new A9 chip will encourage Google to add a Youtube channel!

  • Ted

    I hope the processor is good enough to run youtube eventually!

  • 8FH

    It would be nice to be able to stream more channels than on my Sony BD Player.

  • Michael Fiumano

    please please please

  • Mark Jeacoma

    Nice piece – I would really love a youtube channel – I think that is all that is missing

  • MyRoku3

    Roku should have included a web browser in this also.

  • Ugh, US only.

  • John T

    I already have the Roku 2 XS, and I know I’ll have to get this in time. Hopefully there is an upgrade offer soon!

  • Yancy

    I have an original Roku with the private YouTube channel. No way I’m upgrading to any new Roku device until a YouTube app is in place. Fingers crossed.

  • Here’s to wishful thinking!

  • Reid

    Roku 3 here we come!

  • MEA

    I’ve been researching the Roku, would like to win the Roku 3!

  • Thanks for the review.

  • Jen

    Thanks for the review. I’m looking forward to hearing how existing customers of certain units will be offered free upgrades. Per their e-mail announcement:

    “Great news for existing Roku customers!
    If you have a Roku 2, LT or HD (model #2500), you’ll get the new Roku interface automatically as a free upgrade by May of this year. Woo hoo!”

  • Nancy

    Sounds great. would love to have one.

  • Darren Moore

    I love my first gen Roku XD, would love to see what’s changed.

  • chris

    one comment

  • tony

    Roku just keeps getting better! These beat the apple tv any day of the week! I would love to win one, I never win……..pick me please !

  • Samantha

    Thanks for the chance! It’s appreciated.

  • Rayd3

    Can’t wait for it to be stocked in local stores. Get there early because I feel there is going to be a mad rush to purchase these units.

  • Brent Alexander

    I posted on the wrong page. I wanna win!

  • love the earphone feature on the roku 3. as a single daddy i can now enjoy my viewing without disturbing my boys sleep……

  • Bill

    Thanks for the review.

  • Rose Hare

    The Roku keeps getting better and better. It offers so much content (a lot of it for free) and the headphone jack on the remote is genius!

  • James

    It’s very good that your offering this. Very cool

  • Tony Cossey

    So far I have been very happy with my Roku HD! The Roku 3 sounds as though it would blow mine out of the water though! Faster loading and less buffering time sound great! I also like the idea of being able to plug the earphones into the remote. I wonder if that uses a standard earphone jack which are the same as on a computer or most cell phones? I would so love to win a Roku 3! Hope to be notified of being the winner soon! Thanks for the great review Dan!

  • Is the subtitles or closed caption only work on Netflix channel only? have Sony Streamer and Sony TV internet.

    • MCS

      yes – only on Netflix

  • stevef2222

    i’ve always wanted to try one of these streamers

  • I can’t wait to try one of these out!!! thanks for having a contest for A Roku3

  • Tina Lewis

    I am in need of an updated box so this would be great!

  • Jennifer

    I would love a Roku!

  • Afton

    Great giveaway- please enter me!

  • Starla

    I would love one!

  • Becky

    Thanks for the review!

  • CLMoses

    Since I just purchased the Roku 2 XS less than a month ago, I seriously doubt I’m gonna run out and purchase the Roku 3 anytime soon. However, I have NO objections to winning one πŸ™‚

    Roku 3 has two features that make it very tempting though. The ability for private listening through the remote earphones and the newly designed user interface which will be available as an update to Roku 2 owners next month.

    My email address just in case my normal everyday bad luck takes a holiday is

  • Jeff

    I’ll take one! Thanks so much

  • I would love to win the Roku 3.

  • Cutting the cord on cable and installing a Roku box was the hardest and best thing we’ve ever done!

  • Adam Parker

    Nice review! Thanks for sharing

  • Finally getting rid of the bank account draining cable. Roku will be installed to all TV’s in the house.

  • Dee

    I have been on Netflix for years now, recommended by my son before you got famous, LOL. With my large house and wireless network I can never have enough Roku boxes! Last summer we even took one outside in the tent while sleeping out with the little one!

  • A Roku Haiku:

    One can cut the cord.

    Roku is the way to this solution.

    I am never going back.

  • Great information, thank you!

  • dave

    Roku is great – I don’t miss the cord at all!! so simple and easy. and something as simple as a headphone jack.. really is genious! I want one!!

  • Lisa

    Thank you for the entry!

  • We love, love, love our Roku HD and are in the market for 2 more!

  • Francisco

    Thanks Dan for a thoughtful and informative read. Keep up the good work!

  • Christine

    I’m new to Roku and loving going cold turkey from satellite. I’d love even more to win this Roku 3!

  • I have two Roku’s and would love to get another, so I could give my parents he old one.

  • James

    Sounds like it’s a good time to jump on the Roku wagon!

  • Rochelle

    Yay Roku! Bye Bye Dish!

  • RC

    I almost – almost – returned my recently-purchased Roku 2XS to order the 3; but the dealbreaker was the lack of standard sound-out on the 3 (I have an older HDTV that doesn’t allow for HD sound-in, so I have to use the 2XS’s standard sound cables for this). Bummer, because I hate how slow the 2XS’s UI operates. Ah well.

  • Marrz

    I would love one!!!

  • shannon springs

    This is another great idea by Roku!!!

  • I like the new menu layout with the grid.not sure what else is supposed to have changed That much

  • Jack Maloney

    Got the ROKU 2XS about a month ago to test on one of my tv’s before cutting Direct TV out of my bank account. Love it. Now I could use a ROKU 3, as I am hard of hearing and the neighbors like to sleep when I am trying to watch the tube!

  • John Knight

    I have been waiting for this device to come out. Glad they finally stepped it up!

  • vicki

    I love Roku

  • Aaron

    love the improvements… love that the updated user interface is supposed to come for the “older” versions of Roku as well

  • Coach Bob

    I am a fan of the Roku boxes (I have two). So I am excited of the possibility of a newer faster model.

  • Jean Brinkley

    My family just canceled cable, so I am currently in the market for a Roku. Fingers crossed! jeanbrinkley73 at gmail dot com

  • I can’t wait to get my hands on the Roku3. Good Job

  • Paul Hamilton

    The Roku 3 sounds awesome. This will help me to get rid of DirecTv.

  • Would love one!

  • Joanna

    Great review, count me in for the drawing!

  • I am beyond ready to cut the cord! This would be perfect!
    wenmun at aol dot com

  • Jason Hollingsworth

    I really like the audio privacy feature on the remote.

  • ROKU + NETFLIX is a solid solution.

  • Matt Clapp

    Been reading your blog for years! Would love a Roku 3!

  • Chris B.

    Sounds like a great device- would love to try this and cut the cord, thanks!

  • At 70yrs of age, I have all but given up on cable. The price and selection of TV shows and movies geared towards me, just was not there anymore. My son brought by his Roku for me to see what he had been talking about, taking cables place. That was a few weeks ago, and I still have it. This is a dream for older folks. Would love to win this Roku 3, so my son can have his back. Thank you for your time.

  • spacegirl34

    Thanks for the review.

  • Robert

    Really can not afford cable tv any more because of monthly increases in service charges.

    So I bought a $15 TV antenna and now get 15 local channels, but I really miss the movies.
    A friend has an HD Roku and he tells me that for 8 bucks a month he get Netflicks and can always find something good to watch on tv. He also gets Crackle which is free and loaded with movies also.

    Now he pays $58 a month for his internet connection and Netflicks.
    The earphones look like a great idea because I am half deaf and can only watch tv when I am home alone because the Wife hollers when I turn the tv up so I can hear it.
    I hope the price comes down after awhile, and I will look for sales because this Roku 3 looks like a great product that would really let me enjoy tv again.

  • zgrav

    I am curious to find out more about the wireless audio. Maybe other devices can take the audio feed as well.

  • brittany

    i love my roku xs and i would love to have a roku 3 please pick me please

  • Glauber Cabral

    About time.. I have been waiting for a new roku for a long time

  • wow did not know the Roku 3 was out !!! Great !

  • LarsFromMars

    Never heard about Roku 3 til now. A well-kept secret, I guess.

  • mynameismyname

    Have the XS which is plagued with wifi issues love to have the new Roku 3

  • Trackers55

    This would be great for me

  • kb

    Roku is the way to go for on-demand content.

  • Dan

    Roku 3 looks incredible.

  • Aaron

    Love the 2 XD and sure I will love the 3. Enter me in the contest πŸ™‚

  • This roku 3 is great! The remote headphone feature would really help me alot as i like to watch movies in bed without desturbing anyone.

  • niteNarmor

    Love the Roku and would love to get my hands on the Roku 3. Able to stream all my movies and music from my home pc to any device I have, whether it be an android device or another computer. LOVE IT…

  • I Love the new remote. I use Amazon Cloud Player with headphones, and this would make the experience ideal. Pick Me!

  • Roku 3 is slick, lovin’ the updated interface! Thanks for the contest!

  • Greg Prygon

    I’ve always loved Roku. I have the original boxy Roku 1 along with the sleek Roku 2 and actually awaiting the even sleeker Roku 3.

  • Shane G

    I can’t wait until I win the Roku 3! Its looks very innovative and I desperately want to drop cable lol

  • steve

    It sounds like something nice to try before you buy

  • does roku sell to international customer with free shipping??? i m from near INDIA

  • Ethan Hamilton

    I’ve been using the Roku HD for awhile now, can’t wait to get my hands on the Roku 3!

  • Lou

    I’m considering upgrading from a Roku 2 XS but should I just wait for the UI update in April?

  • Breiab

    I have been looking at the Roku. Cable/satellite isn’t worth what it costs and we don’t get regular channels in this area. I think the Roku is exactly what we have been looking for.

  • Oliver Chase

    Oh man I want one of these someday!

  • Pinpon

    Roku3? I want one:) Nice blog! Thanks:)

  • rif

    Forget YouTube, i want Google Music on my roku

  • Joe

    Just set up a Roku 2 XS last month to try it out an we are going to be “cutting the cord” with DISH this coming month! Yea! We have two TV’s so a new Roku 3 would be awesome! Great blog.

  • Dottie

    I love my Roku! It’s in my bedroom along with my 55″ TV. Would love another for the living room. Does the new model play youtube?

  • We just cut the cord and would love a roku 3 for our other tv

  • cully

    Best thing ever made for a monitor!!

  • I didn’t think they could improve the experience and yet they did.

  • Beefcake

    Twc app should be great

  • We just ‘cut the cord’ last week and got a Roku 2 XS. As usual, the minute we bought something the next version was released, LOL. Was a little disappointed that we could not use the TWC TV app (we live in an area monopolized by Comcast), but all the other features still make it worth it. I’m wondering how the new Roku 3 holds up with PlayOn (perhaps another blog topic…?). Kudos on the blog, and also to Roku. Cheers!

  • Bill

    Great article. Thank you for the in-depth analysis.

  • S.C.

    I decided to give up cable last year due to my financial situation & I purchased Roku 2 XD, it is the best device I ever purchased. I cannot imagine life without it now. I read the reviews on Roku 3 & I just want to run out & buy it. My email address is Hope I win.

  • Ok… I’m in!

  • Dos the new Roku have more subtitle offerings, or does that come from the other end, Amazon, Netflix, etc…?

  • Will it provide subtitles, or do they come from th provider?

  • Brian Godfrey

    I really want a Roku so that we can ditch cable.

  • Aaron Richner

    I’m a big fan of the Roku approach to set top boxes. Don’t have one myself, but the Roku 3 looks like it’s gotten everything right.

  • Christine

    We recommend the roku to everyone!

  • Ami Godfrey

    We have been wanting a Roku for awhile! Would love to win one!

  • Turner

    Would love a roku 3.

  • Nick

    Rocking the original YouTube channel on the Roku 3, speed is great, hopefully an official one comes out soon. πŸ™‚ Now just need a second Roku 3 for the second TV!

  • I hope I get a chance to win this. I don’t have any cable cutter devices, but would love this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Qui

    One comment on this post. Roku yo!

  • Emmet

    The original article was a good write-up of the new features. I gave an XS to my gf as a birthday gift a few months back; it’s now displaced the cable. We were just wondering today how the Roku could be improved; she’s had zero complaints, but the headphones in the remote alone would justify an upgrade (she’s a light sleeper, I’m a night owl which is why I don’t use the Roku πŸ™‚ ). At any rate, kudos for the review of the new box.

  • Jason Bronson

    Great blog, very informative, I got the apple tv but will be returning it for the Roku 3. Thanks.

  • Commenting here, for a chance to win…

  • shannon sellars

    Hi. Thanks for the very informative review. I know very little about devices like Apple TV and Roku 3. Your article was a nice primer.

  • disqus_niIenn7qFo


    Thanks for your review of the Roku 3. The Roku 3 seems tempting enough for me to get one to replace my Roku XS. The WiFi is often a problem on the XS so with the stronger WiFi and the optional ethernet port on the Roku 3 that problem should be resolved.

    I also like the USB port feature to play my Mp4 and MKV video files (I am a videographer).

    Thanks again for that extensive review.

  • CO2VA

    Interesting review of Apple TV vs. Roku 3. I’m still dithering which one to go for, but I had better make up my mind fast with the summertime garbage season approaching on TV!

  • Brad Onyskin

    We ditched cable and have been using Netflix and Hulu Plus for a few years now. Last year, we received a Roku box from a content provider for free. WOW! What an innovative little box! I can’t imagine we went that long without it. So easy to use, with so many fun features. Looking forward to the Roku 3 for games and the headphones… What a great idea!

  • Great feedback Dan!

    Goes well with your AppleTV comparison article too.

    Seeking a box for my Dad – want to also stream documentaries I’ve collected from the DVR for him. You’ve mentioned Roksbox, Plex, PlayOn – can any allow me to build a long playlist for him? Can any do on-the-fly conversion?
    Looking forward to seeing the latest UI – would enjoy the chance to win, Thank you, K

  • Melissa E

    I will not beat around the bush….I want this SO BAD!!

  • Paul

    Roku Rocks, as does StreamingMedia!

  • gobroncos

    Rocku Rocks!!

  • keisha

    Its amazing. Love roku..and love all the free apps. Now i can save that $160 a month for my son and school. Every penny counts. Enter me in the giveaway please

  • April

    Thanks for the informative review. I would love to win one!

  • I love how Roku lets you watch Netflix (with WiFi) etc even if you do not have an updated flat screen tv I still have the old fat back TV lol

  • Charles Evans

    Didn’t realize I was so techologically retarded – Roku opened my eyes to a better way to get from computer to TV.

  • RF

    thumbs up on the new Roku3. Actually like the remote headphones for music videos and Pandora.

  • eugaet

    The new Roku 3 looks great! Thanks for the contest!

  • Dismal Moron

    After having accidentally spilled acetone on my Roku 2, this would be a welcome replacement. πŸ™‚

  • ShortCappy

    I read a lot about what the Roku does and it fits my needs. I’d love to have one of these so I can “cut the cord” and save lots of money.

  • Tom Vile

    Thank you for liking my post on Facebook. I would love to get a Roku 3, thanks again.

  • I would like this. Rawr!

  • I REALLY need this! No more cable 4 me-just not in the budget!

  • I would love to have the new Roku combined with my WD Live Hub 1TB solution I would definitely cover all grounds. Thanks for helpful review.

  • Mick66

    I see a Roku 3 in my near future.

  • christina

    would love to win the roku 3!

  • I want one!!!

  • kidsho4

    looking for a way to cut my ties to cable TV – Roku 3 looks like a possible solution

  • as someone with a Roku, it would not be complete without your blog

  • Djc11369

    Just bought one but I would sure like another to replace a Roku XD that is on the slow side.

  • angel

    you are the best , youtube and Roku 3 . I choice A9 with roke 3

  • Luis

    roku 3 and streamingmedia , roko 3 , no discusion, present and future , you can have two or one i prefer two o more is good

  • Products like the Roku 3 make cable companies shake in their boots.

  • Great review Dan! The Roku 3 looks really good.

  • puddy

    Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win one!

  • ColinAshley

    Thanks for the review. Can anyone speak to how well Plex works on the Roku 3 to stream media from my laptop?

  • joeblossom

    How about me!

  • profpage

    Thanks for Roku 3 information. Enter me in your drawing please.

  • KenB

    cable? satellite? No way… Streaming is the only way to go. Looking forward to seeing what Apple is up to with their new TV – especially in light of the comment by Steve Jobs that he made to Isaacson, before Jobs died.

  • Mario Lurig

    As an original N1100 owner who has to reboot it every few days for getting sluggish, a Roku3 would be fantastic.

  • Roman Karas

    Roku for you

  • ahh real mutant streaming

  • heard about the chance to win a roku 3 from ‘Streaming Players Club’ on facebook. would love to win.

  • Would love to try out the Roku 3!

  • The new user interface and search features sound great. I can’t wait to try the roku 3.

  • ginger thompson

    My son who served in Iraq (& is home safely now:) turned me onto the Roku, he was addicted to it.. n I love it.. it is a god-send to ppl who cannot afford the over-priced get rich cable comanies… great invention.. keep up good work..

  • sam baliamoune

    it would be nice to have it linked to a cloud storage service like box ….

  • kakker

    Would love to have a chance to try the new Roku. Thanks, Dan.

  • paleGreen1

    I’ve been looking for a good excuse to get a Roku!

  • Myisha

    I am so ready to give up cable! Hope I win πŸ™‚

  • lujan

    How is the trick play functionality on the Roku 3?

  • k

    Hope i win!!!

  • While technically the Roku may be the only $99 box with those dedicated apps, the Visio CoStar can access virtually anything on the net for the same price.and now has a dedicated Amazon app instead of the crappy weblink on other GTVs.

  • Maryl

    If you are limited to a slow download speed (768K) how do you download/stream to a recorder and play back from the recorder? We are trying to figure this out since we do not have any experience with this type of technology. Is this something you can explain? I look forward to a reply.


  • lazy

    I got a used laptop to view all content not just content Roku will allow me to view.

  • westcoastwhites

    Wow, this is so great I found this article. I would LOVE to use this little device for my family! Please, pick me!!

  • I currently am using my laptop for streaming movies and TV shows since I sold my ps3. I have been wanting a roku for a long time now, would be awesome if I won one. Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Amanda Wolf

    We are looking for ways to cut down our cable bills. Thank you for this opportunity!!

  • Rowdy

    Cut the cord–get a ROKU!

  • Alexis

    Roku all the way

  • tess

    i think the roku might be a great thing for my new place.

  • Roku with playon rocks

  • Sepp

    Best description of features of Roku and Apple TV I have seen. I have an iPhone and naturally favor the Apple TV, but I am sorely tempted to try the Roku first, knowing that the Apple will always work for me, but Roku seems to offer so much more.

  • Darrel Hayner

    Just found your site today and it’s a plethora of information about exactly what I’m trying to decide on: Roku versus ATV and the rest. Good writing.. thanks!

  • Mehul

    I have a roku 2 and I think I’m ready to get the roku 3 for my other tv.

  • Penny

    I am trying to choose which devise to choose for my apartment. This blog has helped me make a choice. Roku it is!

  • TrueBlue73

    Would love to experience a roku!

  • Kyle Rhoden

    Please and thank you.

  • Larry Thibodeaux

    I will probably discontinue movie channels option with my u-verse subscription and allocated the savings for faster internet speed to accommodate a streaming player

  • Awetumn

    Still swear by my old dinosaur model Roku – but, wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to upgrade!

  • Katie

    I was happy with my older Roku, until I heard about the combined search capability!! Now I’m super bummed that my box won’t support that… I’d love to win an upgrade, as I’m sure it’s nicer than what’s in my budget for awhile. We dropped cable and are 100% Roku and over-the-air…

  • John Wigglesworth

    Roku arigato

  • Sounds like a great upgrade. Headphones on the remote is awesome.

  • Dave

    I just can’t decide between the two

  • FireMarshalWaterPump

    Roku 3 Downside: No official Podcast app. There is a private iTunes channel that’s ok, but not great. With podcasts and video casts providing lots of choices, I just don’t understand why Roku can’t ship a decent solution for this. Still, I’d like to win the 3 πŸ™‚

  • Rudiger J. Ellis

    HBO Go on roku is great pairing.

  • Lynn

    Could I really get rid of cable? I would love to try a Roku 3, great information here. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win one.

  • Sean R.

    cool giveaway!

  • Gary

    I would be pleased to thank you for my new Roku!


    I have a Samsung TV with an Apple TV box. It works well as I watch Netflix movies.

    Now, I bot a second Samsung TV and want to buy a ROKU 3 as it has the earphone feature. This second TV is in the other room. Will there be any conflict between the Apple and the Roku 3 if I act on this?
    Now, I am hard of hearing so the ROKU 3 feature is appealing to us as I may be able to listen to Netflix without disturbing the household. Get me?

    Also, do I need to buy Netflix for the second TV or will the subscription work on both TV’s? THANKS

  • Dave

    I would love to win a roku3

  • Marcelo Benedicto

    I find the new interface improved but am dismayed about the exclusion of composite audio ports on the Roku3.

  • Marcelo Benedicto

    I have been a longtime Apple user but chose the Roku over Apple TV starting with the Roku XDS which has serve me well over the years. Recently, I got the Roku 3 and am impressed with the improved interface, dual band wifi and other enhancements. The remote is very well done and the audio port is a plus. My caveat was the exclusion of audio ports, which I use to run through my legacy amplifier audio system. I attempted to route the signal through the TV back to amp but alas went back to using the XDS for audio until I implement a more elegant solution. Someone recommended an HDMI splitter.

  • Keshan

    Very informative article, thanks!

  • Scott Key

    I would love to win this little guy!

  • Chris

    Good article! I have enjoyed the Roku LT quite a lot and am looking forward to upgrading to a Roku 3! Incidentally, Roku is 6 in Japanese??? is there a story to the name?

  • Completely dying for the Roku 3 , Fingers crossed that I can stream in style! πŸ™‚

  • we started watching after xmas, can’t believe we waited so long. the 3 version sounds awesome!

  • Jeffrey Bloom

    Much of the cord cutting is motivated by cost and time shifting. But with, I now have access to content not available from my traditional provider.

  • Looking forward to the new gui. Especially the theme settings.

  • Stacy Wilson

    thanks for answering questions I had re: different streamers! great info

  • Priscilla

    I would love to win this! Been wanting for for a long time and this latest model looks amazing.

  • So need the new model. Headphones would be awesome. Own 2 already, best investment of the year.

  • pq

    Does anyone know if the Roku 3 remote private listening feature headphones option will work with an older Roku boxes namely the XD? BTW Please enter me into the free Roku 3 giveaway contest. Thank you!

  • gorgon

    I really want to try one of these. Thinking of cutting the cord completely.

  • Jason Bueme

    Apple TV 3 Stinks I want one of these.

  • Amanda Wolf

    Thank you for this opportunity. Hope I’m not too late!

  • Colt T.

    I’ve been “thinking about it” for way too long. Frustrated with spotty not-so-on-demand, I’m looking forward to getting the Roku.

  • I hope I am not too late. I would really like to win the roku because my parents are thinking about cancelling the cable. btw when I heard that idea from my parents I
    freaked out but then I heard about the roku. The roku looks
    soooooooooo cool. It has soooooooo many shows I could watch. So please
    choose me to win the roku it wouldn’t go a day without being used.



  • lilyakka

    Roku 3 is a great upgrade for anyone looking to cut the cable or at least cut costs. Good Luck Everyone

  • Ritika

    Thanks for your post. it was helpful.I am gonna order Roku3 this weekend.

  • Who won it?

  • gfriesen

    Has this drawing already been done? I would love to win

  • Thanks for a great article. It was really helpful! I can’t believe I am making this such a hard decision. πŸ™‚


    Very nice UI with fast buttery motion through channels.

  • Jim Murrell

    Thank for the roku 3 review it is by far the best ddevice I’ve ever owned. I have the 2hd but look frd to perhaps getting the 3 soon

  • Ernest Chandler

    I love my Roku 2 XS but it lacks the opportunity for me to access the giant list of Bollywood movies available on YouTube! I have only had my Roku since November last year and to be honest I would really rather see YouTube accessible on Roku 2 as well as 3. I am a grandfather with a grandfathers TV, the new Roku 3 will not work for me and my antique TV.

  • Beth Merrill-Harris

    is the drawing over? I would really like one of these.

  • Lois Laraine

    All of this information is very interesting, and my son is going to work for Apple, but since I have an old tv, I would probably have to stick to the Roku. I would really like to win this because my Roku 2 seems to be wearing out as I speak. Thanks

  • Ivon

    This is what I want to know when I buy my Roku3 . Will I have to pay anything else like fees to sites n will I be ale to have it all with basic cable n internet. MG I missed out by a day noo for the giveaway sad

  • Joseph Hilton

    yes,i have a ROKU 2 and its greats,i would like to win ROKU 3 for the bed room TV.thanks