Roku Introduces Roku HD, XD and XDS Players with 1080p Support; and Roku XDS Review

Submitted by lalit on September 24, 2010 - 5:06pm.

Roku has introduced new Roku streaming player with up to 1080p HD streaming support and instant Replay. There are three new Roku models: the entry-level Roku HD at $59.99; the Roku XD with Wireless-N and 1080p, and the top-of-the-line Roku XDS, which adds dual-band wireless technology and extensive connectivity options for home entertainment systems.

All Roku players will continue to deliver the largest collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV, including over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand; live and on-demand baseball from MLB.TV; music from Pandora, MP3tunes, MOG, and RadioTime; photo and video sharing from Flickr and Facebook; plus news and entertainment from thousands of online sources around the world.

The new Roku HD streams video in high-definition at up to 720p, and features built-in wireless and Ethernet for easy broadband connectivity anywhere in the home. The small, sleek Roku HD is only 1 inch tall and less than 5 inches wide and comes with composite A/V cable.

The new Roku XD and XDS models deliver 1080p HD streaming and extended-range Wireless-N. In addition, the XDS model features dual-band Wireless-N technology, component video output, optical audio output, and a USB port. Over USB, customers will be able to play stored music, photos, and up to 1080p video using a USB playback channel, available as a free upgrade to XDS owners (expected to be available in November 2010).

The new Roku HD is available for $59.99, while the XD and XDS models are available for $79.99 and $99.99 respectively. All three Roku players are available immediately at www.roku.com, and available for preorders at Amazon.

Engadget has posted review of the new Roku XDS and they liked most of the features offered by the new player. Nilay Patel wrote in the review “So that's the Roku XDS -- it's really quite similar to the Roku Player, the Roku HD Player, and the Roku HD-XR before it, albeit in a smaller case and with some additional capabilities. For $99, it's hard not to love, although we'd really like to see Roku add in serious DLNA support -- the $99 Apple TV is destined to be the next great iPhone / iPad accessory, and there's no reason Roku's players can't serve a similar role for Android and Windows Phone 7 owners (and mobile DLNA devices in general).”

Check out the video review of Roku XDS below.