Everyone asking for a browser has this idea that it will work just like the browser on their PC, but I think that is an unrealistic expectation for a box that is focused on streaming media and not doing everything.
Everyone comparing to Apple TV shouldn't even be in here. If you want Apple TV features, then go get Apple TV. Yes, Apple TV will play netflix also, but I can guarantee you that Apple TV won't have a developer community creating channels for everything from archives and NPR to adult content. Even if Apple TV has an SDK, you know they will have an APP store just like they do with the iphone. That means that Apple decides what is good for you and they will only make available channels that are approved. That means none of the private channel experimentation.
One bad point that chris0071 made though:A method of connecting and displaying a laptop through Roku, on the TV screen, (wirelessly or adding ports to hardwire it in) would seem more useful than an internal browser.
It seems like it would be much easier as well. Add video and audio in ports, and set up a channel to do the dirt work.
Um, if you're going to go through the trouble of hooking an external source up, why not just hook it directly to your TV. No need for a Roku middle man.
One of those comments you made was a personal attack on me. Well..I was just giving an idea to the OP that if he wanted a browser on his TV, he could try the Apple TV approach, because I use it, and I like it. Now..you're probably gonna assume that I'm so kind of troll. Well, I'm not. I own two Roku's. One I bought, and the other I got from Roku for beta testing, and I love them. I've gotten to be pretty deep in the community here, and if someone wants to do something, I'm not gonna just say I don't know to protect Roku's interests, because I don't work for Roku. I know how they can do it, and I'll give them the advice they want. Next time you want to attack me, at least use my name.
I didn't use your name because I wasn't attacking you. I was attacking the appleTV comparison. My point is that every complaint about the roku compares it to some other box while ignoring the benefits that the roku has over that same box.
'prettier' interface but less usable
rent content only
sequential letter typing
have to use with itunes
open channel development for any content in the right format
more commercial content
up to 1080p playback possible
no need for itunes or anything on your local network if you don't want it
Check this article for a head to head comparison on roku vs apple tv from a form apple employee where he chooses roku for many of the reasons stated above: http://blog.streamingmedia.com/the_business_of_online_vi/2010/10/apple-tv-and-roku-go-head-to-head-heres-the-winner.html. I especially like the comment about typing with the apple remote. Sure you may be able to sync up an ipod touch to get a better keyboard, but you can't say that appleTV for $99 has an easy to use keyboard if it requires a $229+ device to act as that keyboard. I could make the same argument for roku as there is an ipod touch app for the roku to allow you to type without having to navigate over the roku keyboard.