Roku, a leading streaming platform in the US, has today announced that its set-top boxes will go on sale in the UK and Ireland and will come with BBC iPlayer.
Roku, which has been offering its set top boxes in the US since 2008, will launch two versions in the UK and Ireland – the Roku LT and the Roku 2XS.Users on this side of the Atlantic will be able to stream up to 40 ‘channels’ as well as giving them access to on-demand videos via Netflix and Crackle (though the latter is only available in the UK at the moment.) There are also apps available for Facebook, Flickr, the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. But it is the inclusion of iPlayer which could be the biggest attraction in the UK.
Set up is pretty straight-forward. Connect the Roku set-top box using an HDMI cable to your TV, connect it to your home wireless network and you’re up and running.
Looking at the differences between the two set-top boxes, the £50 Roku LT will play 720p video compared to the 1080p Full HD playback on the more expensive £100 Roku 2XS.
The Roku 2XS will also come with a free version of Angry Bird which you will be able to play with its “enhanced RF remote with motion control” – basically mimicking a Wii controller. The Roku 2XS also features an Ethernet port, USB port and microSD card for expanding the memory.
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Source: Roku UK