ken95448 wrote:I would like to be able to stream other websites as well as display my photo's etc., which are stored on my harddrive from my laptop to my TV. Is this possible with the ROKU device or do I need to get a new HDTV and have my laptop physically connected to the TV via an HDMI cable? .
You can get some media (pictures, video, & music) from your laptop to the roku using one of the webserver channels like MyMedia, roksbox, etc. Roku has limited video file support though.
As notserpmh said, the roku box only displays whatever is made available through it's channels. So, you can't display the regular web on your tv with it. You don't have to have an HDTV to hook your laptop up to your tv though. If your laptop has an s-video out then you can hook it up to your standard tv with the right cable from radioshack, although I imagine that text would be much easier to read on a larger/HD tv.
Roku HD (N1100) / HDMI on 42" Sharp LED 1080p HDTV (LC-42LB261U) / ATT Uverse 6.0 Mbps on Motorola NVG510 / RadioShack Amplified HDTV Antenna (15-254)