I just cancelled my Comcast basic TV package and now have Performance Starter Internet (about 7.4 mbps). I may eventually go back to the 20 mbps speed but for now I am trying this.) I have had a Roku LT (of the Roku 2 generation) which I use for Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Plus. I have one 32 inch Phillips LED flatscreen (720) and one older Sony standard definition TV from about 2008 that is only about 26 inches.
I have tried using my smart BluRay for Netflix and Hulu and it is not great (especially the remote). It had to be connected via Ethernet cable as the remote is very difficult to use. So I have decided I want a second Roku for the TV upstairs (the Phillips flatscreen) and I have moved the LT downstairs (tried a digital TV converter box and same indoor antenna as upstairs but got only 1/3 channels so not worth it).
I really like my LT and after the recent updates it has worked well. I am noting some buffering on Hulu Plus now that I have downgraded my internet speed.
Before I moved the Roku I checked network connection on both locations and in both cases, the connection is rated as excellent by Roku.
My best choices as far as price goes are a new Roku HD (appears to be the current generation but on sale for $48 as the local Walmart had this model on clearance) or a reconditioned 2 XS with HDMI cable from Amazon for 59.99 which could be connected by Ethernet. If I replace the old tv next year, I will need a larger screen so it might end up being 1080. I don't play games and I can stream photos from my cell phone to the TV with the Roku cell app. What suggestions and advice can anyone give me? Thanks!!
Either would be a good device. The price you're seeing for the HD is $10 off the regular price, and priced the same as the LT. The reconditioned XS is $10 less than Roku sells a reconditioned XS for. If it's a factory-reconditioned XS, that's a good price. I'd spend the extra money for the XS to get the USB, LAN port, and the bluetooth remote. While I'm not big on games, the bluetooth remote opens that up for you, family, and guests.
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