Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

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Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby alanmott » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:20 am

Hello,

I'm thinking of getting a Roku box, and am thinking about getting the Roku 2. Here in the UK I can get one for £80, but I also see on amazon the Roku 2XS for about £65.

Whats the difference between the two? The Roku website doesn't mention the XS

Thanks in advance
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby Basil » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:52 pm

alanmott wrote:Hello,

I'm thinking of getting a Roku box, and am thinking about getting the Roku 2. Here in the UK I can get one for £80, but I also see on amazon the Roku 2XS for about £65.

Whats the difference between the two? The Roku website doesn't mention the XS

Thanks in advance
Alan Mott

The Roku 2 XS (model 3100), currently discontinued, had many of the same features as the Roku 3 (model 4200): LAN port, USB port, gaming remote (Bluetooth, not WiFi Direct), SD card, and, unlike the Roku 3, had composite out in addition to HDMI.

It's a good box, but, as mentioned, no longer sold by Roku. If you can find one for a good price, it's likely a good deal.

The new Roku 2 (3rd generation) is dual-band WiFi, unlike the XS.

For more info, the Wikipedia write-up looks pretty good.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby mikeyts » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:05 pm

The Roku 2 XS has a USB slot, which the new Roku 2 lacks, useful for playing video or viewing photos from a USB drive, flash or (externally powered) HDD. It also has a Micro SD slot for storing massive amounts of channel code, if you're one of those people who'd load his Roku up with tons of channels.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby deadringer28 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:13 am

The Roku 2 has the remote with the plug for headset/earphones. The XS does not.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby SimpleMinded » Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:37 am

I don't know what 'channel shortcut buttons' are, but those and the wifi remote w/ear plug vs usb port, sd card slot, ethernet port, and bluetooth game controller plus price seem to be the trade-offs...

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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby knuckle » Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:51 am

Channel shortcut buttons are buttons that take you directly to a channel insteaed of navigating through your channels( my old LT has a button for netflix,one for pandora and one for crackle) the 2xs had the bluetooth game remote so I believe it had the game buttons
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby SimpleMinded » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:46 am

knuckle wrote:Channel shortcut buttons are buttons that take you directly to a channel insteaed of navigating through your channels( my old LT has a button for netflix,one for pandora and one for crackle) the 2xs had the bluetooth game remote so I believe it had the game buttons

Right! The four colored buttons on the remote? You can program them? Or are they pre-programmed? Can you jump from, say, Netflix to Simple without exiting to the channel list? Is this a remote feature or a streamer feature? IOW, if I point that remote at a Roku 2 XS will the remote send a stream of known commands to the Roku or just one command which would not be understood?
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby knuckle » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:52 am

the buttons are pre programmed,but work with different units so if I take my LT remote with the buttons and use it with my HD (which didn't come with them) one click and it goes to netflix -- I imagine it would work with all units
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby SimpleMinded » Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:08 am

What are they programmed for? Looking at http://www.roku.com/accessories, this seems to be a feature of the latest remotes and that Bluetooth is gone.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby knuckle » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:00 am

Netflix, M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster on Demand on the new ones as I said my LT had Netflix,Crackle and Pandora.I am not quite sure if the channels short cut were an agreement between the providers and roku or if roku picked what they thought would be the favs or what....if I could program my own favorites I would have netflix,hulu, and justin :)
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby SimpleMinded » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:23 am

Of the eight, we only use Netflix. It would be cool if the four buttons corresponded to the first four channels in the channel list. I suspect, though, that the buttons are there more to benefit their targets than the users.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby jeffrok » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:42 am

It's called "paid advertising" right on the remote.. they can't be reprogrammed, and even if they could, it would be confusing to have a button labeled "Crackle" send you to somewhere other than Crackle :D .
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby SimpleMinded » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:52 am

You really cannot see labels from the picture...

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regardless, not a feature for me.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby Tivoburkee » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:13 pm

That remote will not be released to the public, its probably pre-production still. The Roku 3 right now does not respond to new discrete channel keys, three on the IR remote, and ALL four on the Bluetooth. Hopefully it will after the 5.2 upgrade.
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Re: Roku 2 XS vs Roku 2

Postby Gilgamesh » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:33 pm

Tivoburkee wrote:That remote will not be released to the public, its probably pre-production still. The Roku 3 right now does not respond to new discrete channel keys, three on the IR remote, and ALL four on the Bluetooth. Hopefully it will after the 5.2 upgrade.


I don't know where you are getting this incorrect information from but my Roku 3 responds just fine to the discrete commands when sent from an IR remote and it has from the day I received it shortly after it was originally released. All you need is an IR remote with those buttons or a programmable one with those codes included.
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