THIS is how you bring Internet TV to the masses. In what will surely be the gadget stocking stuffer of 2011, Roku has introduced a $49.99 Roku LT model. I’ve been somewhat hard on Roku lately but, at fifty bucks (with HBO GO and YouTube on the way), all is now forgiven. In fact, anyone who subscribes to or is interested in Netflix Instant Streaming should probably pick one (or more) up once it’s available in early November.
Of course, to hit this price point, Roku had to make some concessions over their existing Roku 2 lineup. First off, the Roku LT is limited to 720p versus 1080. However, in real world usage given the quality of most streaming content, this won’t be an issue for most. Next, Bluetooth capabilities and the microSD slot have been dropped — meaning no Angry Birds for you. But I’m betting you won’t miss it with access to Netflix, Amazon Instant, Pandora, HGTV, and countless movie trailers. Lastly, this Roku is purple.
We here at ZNF put our money where our mouth is, and I’ll be picking up a few Roku LT this holiday season as gifts (for the non-geeks, without local playback needs). Nicely done, Roku.