So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

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So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby sonujohar » Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:58 am

With 3 Roku players available, is the old one the same as the Roku HD? or are all three new?!
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Re: So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby senorgregster » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:05 am

sonujohar wrote:With 3 Roku players available, is the old one the same as the Roku HD? or are all three new?!


The link to the boxes for those interested:
http://www.roku.com/roku-products

I think you are right.

The SD version certainly sounds interesting for my bedroom SD TV.
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Re: So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby BEERxTaco » Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:28 am

sonujohar wrote:With 3 Roku players available, is the old one the same as the Roku HD? or are all three new?!


yes, the current model is now the RokuHD.
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Re: So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby Mark12547 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:03 am

senorgregster wrote:The SD version certainly sounds interesting for my bedroom SD TV.


It may ... until you have to replace your bedroom TV.

When I purchased my Roku Netflix Box (which is what it was originally called), I didn't have a TV that could do HD. That changed a month ago when my main TV died. I'm glad the Roku Netflix Box does HD because it seems to work great with my new TV! So far, though, I had watched only two HD streams: "The Wizard of Oz" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". The detail for the 3.4Mbps stream is fantastic!

But then, seriously, I did have it in the back of my mind three years ago that when that TV died, I'd go into the modern TV age.
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Re: So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby senorgregster » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:34 am

Mark12547 wrote:
senorgregster wrote:The SD version certainly sounds interesting for my bedroom SD TV.


It may ... until you have to replace your bedroom TV.

When I purchased my Roku Netflix Box (which is what it was originally called), I didn't have a TV that could do HD. That changed a month ago when my main TV died. I'm glad the Roku Netflix Box does HD because it seems to work great with my new TV! So far, though, I had watched only two HD streams: "The Wizard of Oz" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". The detail for the 3.4Mbps stream is fantastic!

But then, seriously, I did have it in the back of my mind three years ago that when that TV died, I'd go into the modern TV age.


I hear what you are saying but I still disagree in my case. I have a 24 or 26 inch SD CRT TV in the bedroom. No need for HD on a set that size. The picture is stunning with great dynamic range and no ghosting etc that knocks the socks off an LCD/plasma. When this TV dies I will just move an old existing SD into that room.
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Re: So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby kumasuki » Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:28 pm

senorgregster wrote:
sonujohar wrote:The link to the boxes for those interested:
http://www.roku.com/roku-products


On this product page why is no mention made of the (obvious) USB port on the HD-XR model?? That capability to me is far more appealing than the extended-range feature!
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Re: So is the old Roku box the Roku HD?

Postby seahorsejl » Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:51 pm

kumasuki wrote:On this product page why is no mention made of the (obvious) USB port on the HD-XR model?? That capability to me is far more appealing than the extended-range feature!


Because they have not announced any functionality for it yet. I think all Roku said is it is for "future use". Which means it might be enabled with a firmware update down the road, or maybe it is just for debugging purposes.
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The Roku HD...

Postby wonderbird » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:04 pm

Hooking up my computer monitor to the HDMI connector on the Roku player was responsible for me replacing my TV last year! I don't regret it. (I definitely recommend springing for $20 extra to have HD support.)
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Postby ecopilot » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:00 am

I literally bought my Roku box 1 day before the XR photos were leaked and just received it today to confirm that it is, in fact, the earlier model (stamped "Roku").

I was wondering if anyone has information regarding whether there are any specs changes at all between the old box and the new model. If so I would consider using my 30-day guarantee to get the HD.

~Jason
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Postby billc124 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:06 pm

ecopilot wrote:I literally bought my Roku box 1 day before the XR photos were leaked and just received it today to confirm that it is, in fact, the earlier model (stamped "Roku").

I was wondering if anyone has information regarding whether there are any specs changes at all between the old box and the new model. If so I would consider using my 30-day guarantee to get the HD.

~Jason


No spec changes that I see. The cheaper one does only composite video and the one you have is the HD version the more expensive one is 11g wireless and has the USB port.
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